PILATES TEACHES YOU HOW TO USE THE CORRECT MUSCLES NECESSARY FOR IDEAL POSTURE AND TRUNK STABILITY, HOW TO STRENGTHEN RELATIVELY WEAK MUSCLES, LENGTHEN SHORT MUSCLES AND IMPROVE JOINT FLEXIBILITY IN NATURAL FLUID MOVEMENTS.THE HEALTH STUDIO PILATES At the studio we use the Pilates method by incorporating theoretical and practical principles of rehabilitation science and exercise physiology to help with the rehabilitation and prevention of recurrent or chronic problems. We specialise in the problems that athletes can have due to many hours of training or over use of muscles. The studio has a full time endurance coach on board who is well aware of the stresses placed on the body from training overloads. Many injuries are a result of muscle, movement or postural imbalances which lead to altered biomechanical stress across joints and soft tissue contributing to degenerative changes and musculoskeletal pain. We help you get the balance back OVERUSE INJURIES Caused by hours of driving or sitting at a computor can cause daily pain & result in RSI symptoms which can inhibit your daily life. Lower back pain, shoulder pain, head aches can all be addressed with a good strength & stretch Pilates program
SPECIFIC MAT CLASSES FOR SPORT TEAMSWe offer specific mat classes for sports teams designed your specific needs. These classes can include the use of foam rollers for massage or Pilates, Pilates exercises and stretching
THE BENEFITS OF PILATES• Better posture • Creation of a natural girdle of strength • A flatter stomach and trimmer waist • Toned buttocks, thighs, arms and shoulder area • Better balance and flexibility • Greater joint mobility and helps with osteoporosis • Reduced neck and back pain • Reduced risk of injury • Greater strength and muscle tone • Boosted immune system and more efficient respiratory system • More efficient circulatory system • Improved concentration and lower stress levels
IS PILATES FOR YOU?
- Do you suffer from stiffness, tiredness, neck or backache?
- Do you hate working out in a large gym?
- Do you prefer to train in small groups & have a more one on one session with the instructor?
- Are you frustrated by your inability to achieve your physical goals even after considerable practice?
- Do you exercise regularly but still have tired muscles?
- Do you strive to have a flat stomach?
- Do you want to minimise the postural effects of pregnancy?
- If you can answer "Yes" to any of these questions, Pilates can help you. But, Pilates is not a weight loss programme, however, when done in conjunction with a sensible diet Pilates can assist with weight loss.
Whatever your fitness level, ability or age we can help you!!!FAQs HOW MUCH DOES A MEMBERSHIP COST? We have a variety of options including private sessions and group classes. Private sessions are specifically tailored to meet your needs and goals (one on one session $75) An introductory session of 30 minutes is free (specific times only) We have casual rates for our classes ($10.00 per mat class, $35.00 per Reformer class). The majority of our clients prefer our concession cards, which are a block of ten classes at a special price. A concession card of 10 mat classes is $90.00 or a reformer concession card at $250. The classes are small 10 people maximum – the reformer classes are 2 -3 people maximum DO YOU PROVIDE EVERYTHING I NEED? Exercise mats and equipment are provided but we encourage you to bring your own mat /roller if you are attending classes regularly We do have mats /rollers for sale at the studio CAN I ASK QUESTIONS DURING THE CLASS? We try to discourage questions during the class as it can be distracting, asking the instructor a question is ok though WHAT IF I’M A BIT LATE? Classes will start on time so please be prompt as latecomers disturb others. HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER THE SESSION? Most people report a feeling of being energised and relaxed, with a greater body awareness and insight into good postural alignment. Some have even described feeling "taller". HOW DO I GET STARTED? The no-obligation introductory session is the best way to get a taste test of Pilates and find out which options will be best for you. We also have beginner mat classes, during this session the instructor will gather your information & take you through some simple exercises to help you understand the principles involved in Pilates and learn to activate the correct muscles WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Wear clothing that you feel comfortable in and are able to move in HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE FIRST CLASS/SESSION? Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first session to complete registration. SHOULD I EAT BEFORE OR AFTER MY CLASS? Make sure your stomach is neither full nor empty. Bring a bottle of water so you stay hydrated and a snack for after class WHAT IF I'M NOT SUPPLE OR FIT? You work at your own level and the instructor will help you at all times More on the History of Pilates The spring-resistant exercise apparatus (the Reformer, the Cadillac, the Spine Corrector, the Ladder Barrel, and the Wunda Chair) or on the floor (mat work), and the sessions are supervised by specially trained instructors. Pilates is resistance exercise, not aerobic (cardio), although the heart rate will certainly rise for a deconditioned individual. However, it's closer to weight lifting than it is to jogging, biking, or other aerobic activities, and so you should consider it resistance exercise.
Two of the key elements of Pilates are core muscle strength* and spinal alignment. The core musculature is loosely defined as the spine, abdomen, pelvis, hips, and the muscles that support these structures. Some of the main core muscles are the erector spinae (located in your back along your spine), the internal and external obliques (the sides of your abdomen), the transverse abdominis (located deep in your gut, this muscle pulls your belly button in toward your spine), the rectus abdominis (the "six-pack"), and hip flexors (in your pelvis and upper leg).
During a Pilates session, whether it's on the machines or the floor, your instructor will continuously prompt you to concentrate deeply on your core muscles, as well as on your breathing, the contraction of your muscles, and the quality (not quantity) of your movements. These are also key elements of Pilates, and your instructor will emphasize them at every session. The objective is a coordination of mind, body, and spirit, something Joseph Pilates called "contrology."