History of Pilates
Joseph Pilates developed the Pilates training method in the mid-20th century for conditioning and therapeutic purposes. The unique integration between mental and physical health is the foundation of this 20th-century-born practice and has proven highly effective in improving postural alignment, promoting length in the spine, increasing flexibility and building strength in all the body’s core muscle groups.
The one-on-one Reformer sessions are held in our Pilates studios. The Pilates instructor designs sessions based on the client’s overall goals for strength, flexibility, posture and core engagement. The degree of difficulty will vary depending on the client's level of experience. One-on-one instruction is essential when performing these exercises to avoid poor form that may cause injury and to maximize the benefits of the session.
Our semi-private Pilates sessions are for two to four clients exercising together. Prior to being put in a semi-private group, each individual is evaluated to determine their abilities and find any physical limitations by a member of our team. After the evaluation, our team huddles to discuss the design of the program. The lead Pilates instructor curates programming that varies daily based on the individuals in that group setting. This assures a customized program for each individual assuring safety and optimal outcomes from the sessions.
MAT PILATES CLASSES
Our small group mat Pilates classes range from four to six individuals per class. They are designed to provide individualized instruction and allow for any necessary modifications for clients. Our small group mat classes touch on the core principles of mat Pilates with a combination of body weight exercises and focus on core and postural lengthening and breathing. Classes are held in Westport and available through Zoom.
MEET OUR PILATES INSTRUCTORS
Our expert instructors consider your specific needs when mapping out your Pilates program. Whether you need to participate in small mat classes, one-on-one reformer sessions or semi-private reformer sessions, we will help you on your health and fitness journey. From improving your posture, strengthening your bones, improving flexibility or decreasing back pain, our dedicated team will guide you to success.
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OPTIMAL HEALTH UNCOVERED
Christina Merrill joins Todd and Mike to delve into the history and practice of Pilates. She explains the difference between yoga and Pilates and takes listeners through the many ways they can incorporate Pilates into their health and fitness routines.