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You might have heard about it, read about some well known person that practises it or have seeen one of the many books or videos for sale in your local bookstore. But what is it really? Another trendy workout? The newest fashion in the fitness world? No, not really.

Pilates has been around the 1920´s when german born Joseph humbertus Pilates started putting together a series of exercises to be performed on a simple mat. He did a lot of research and experimentation during more than 60 years to arrive what we know today as Pilates. One of the most complete forms of conditioning under one single system.

What is Pilates in one word?
in 1 word: movement

What kind of movements?
pilates is an extremely varied method.. More than 5oo exercises, without counting modifcations and variations performed with various pieces of equipment. the range of the exercises goes from quite easy toextremely advanced. From smaller movesto big expansive ones. The variety makes it a fun process. Pilates works by rebalancing the body through the use of movements, altering the wayin which yuo use your muscles to produc them. It changes the way you use your body, the way you move- restoring natural, normal movement. Rather than passively repeating exercises, you engage your mind more, resulting in less repetitions, more benefits and awareness, more varied routines and a more involved and fun way to get your body back. you also learn to giude your own breathand to follow it in natural fashion:,, moving with the breath,,

Who can benefit from pilates?
Just about everybody: young, elderly, out of condition, athletes, dancers anyone requireing topform. The work is tailored to the individual, so it can be as gentle as neededor as challenging as desired

Why has it become so popular?
Simply because it delivers good results.Over 80 years of success stories. And it is very accessible: you can be 10 or 90 years old, and in just about any condition. Its a one-on-one approach brings better care and fine tuning. Also because it is really not boring at all. No endless repetitions of just a few exercises. Instead, a more varied and complete workout.

What are the benefits of pilates?
Mental and muscular coordination, better posture, increased joint mobility, better circulation, improved body image, increased flexibility, injury prevention, increased lung capacity, injury prevention,increased lung capacity,better focus,increased bone density, improved self esteem,, lumbat flexibility, abdominal strength, increased stamina,proper alignment,body awareness, improved concentration,better balance, control and coordination, larger range of motin and increased heigths... the list goes on, and those improvements have a great positive impact in other ares of your life.

why is pilates so complete?
Basically, we try to work in all aspects: we wnt strength, stretch,and control. Not one at the expense of the other.
muscles thatvare too loose lack power and dont provide support for teh joints.Also joints that are too loose tend to go out of alignment, resulting in overall weakness, risk of injury/ or pain.
bulky muscles are proe to injury and rstrict movement producing stiffness and lack of movement and joints inparticular need move ment to stay healthy. A bigger range of motion really improves ones lifestyle and makes daily taska easier and more enjoyable.
lack of control and coordinationin movements can cause injuries or the exercise simply do not have the desired effect. Being able to decide how to perform a movement improves safety, inct´reases abilities and develops poise and grace.In addition we greatly emphasize coordination, concentration, balance, precision, flow and most omportant breathing. You work with your whole body: in every workout the whole body is addressed, not just a few parts or even a lot of parts. The whole body is involved in every movement. Furthermore, often ignored musclesgroups and deep musckes are taking into consideration. you work with your whole mind: you are always involved. Your brain takes a more active role and is so much more than a repetitioncounter.It is based on quality of movement, senseless quantity is avoided. Less repetitions but better movements. Zhat allows tzime and energy for different exercises to cover all ares and adds more variety in a workout. It is a positive method : it is non-competitive, it is based on what you can do and what you want to improve. Though it can be very challenging, everys persons challenge is different. Which brings us to another point: Pilates is tailored to the individual. Not everybody needs the same and not everybody gets the the same place the same way.

Pilates is not an exclusive method, it doesnt require you to stop your current activities or change them. Many well known athletes use it to enhance their normal training as do dancers, arists and musicians. Joseph Pilates would delight on knowing that it was helping someone zo achieve higher goals and would spexcially create exercises for all kinds of professions, from someone sitting behind a desk to stretch their back to the prizefigther who needed to strengthen their neck to receive blows!From skiers, gymnasts,boxers, operasingers, dancers, swordfigthers, string players, headwrestlers,... to all those who came to him with an injury or condition

A short list:
anyone wanting to improve their bodies and how they use it, no matter what the present condition is.

[1] What kind of pilates you are teaching in the little pilates studio?
[2] How many sessions should I take?
[3] How about groupwork?
[4] I am pregnant, can I start with pilates now?
[5] What about books or videos? are they useful?

[1] What kind of pilates you are teaching in the little pilates studio?
Well, we dont teach a "kind" of Pilates, we teach Pilates, pure and simple, as his creator intended it to be. There are countless decaffeinated versions out there, some claim to be better than the real thing. some use a lot of medical terms to make themselves sound more educated. The bottom line is, if those methods are so good, why do they use the name?The fact is there is no law stopping anyone to call whatever they want Pilates and since there is a lot of money to be made by using the name...anyway we teach Pilates

[2] How many sessions should I take?
Pilates said not more than 3 in a week.Now , in a realistic world not many people can afford that. One a week works fine. Pilates is like riding a bike, once learned it stays with you.It is ok to leave it for a while and pick it up again.

[3] How about groupwork?
There is a lot information to absorb in the beginning, since every exercise is new and the instructor has to provide verbal, visal and tactile cues, prevent the clients from hurting themselves and modify the exercises if needed to suit each everyone if their clients. All that is very hard to do with a group.We recommend to start with private sessions and then move to a group, if you so wish.We know is cheaper for you, but in our opinion you dont get your moneys worth.. In the studio we addere to the highest standards, if you dont progress well and you dont feel great, we have failed. If you are more advanced, a group only holds you back since the more advanced exercises are not taught in mat lessons because require even more assistance and explanation from the trainer. But maybe the most important point is not based on group lessons and was not designed with that tntent. And thats why we dont give group lessons.

[4] I am pregnant, can I start with pilates now?
The female body undergoes a lot of changes during pregnancy. Pilates is sfe enough, and is indeed taught to pregnant women, but as a general rule, it is better not to start during pregnancy because many of the principles cannot be fully understood since the body undergoes so many changes.However, if you are familiar with the method it is ok to continue with training, though exercises will be modificated/ omited.

[5] What about books or videos? are they useful?
Nothing wrong with books - if you can filter the useless ones. But Pilates is like playing an instrument, learning a martial art or dancing, or indeed practising a sport. In this case your body is the instrument and like music or dance, books and tapes may help, but no matter how advanced the person they cant really see themselves, let alone knowing that they may doing something wrong. And be aware that the only cover the mat exercises and not even half of them. They leave the rest of the method (like more than 80%) out. But they wouldnt sell many if they tell the public that they need equipment, would they? We smile at those who are learning football through a videotape.
We are not against books and videos at all, but since the word pilates sells, there are just too many people out there for a profit and most are just too bad, illinformed and incorrect and thats why most end up on a shelf. Not everything is pilates - sad but true.