Change your Body with Pilates

Pilates exercise builds a solid foundation of strength, control and flexibility throughout your body. The mind and body must work together to create changes that improve fitness. The Pilates method emphasizes quality of movement to create power through your core and length through your spine. Your muscles will have more elasticity and your joints will function with more fluidity. Integrating breathing with movement is a key principle of the Pilates method and will help you achieve better body awareness. Through Pilates, you will be stronger, more flexible, notice improved posture and ease of movement. The effects can truly improve your quality of life.

Benefits of a regular movement practice

The Pilates method places an emphasis on developing strength from your core to create more efficient movement throughout the rest of your body. Pilates will create uniform, whole body strength, reduce chronic pain, increase energy levels and instill a sense of confidence and well-being. With consistent practice, you will begin to incorporate the Pilates principles into life’s everyday activities. As movement then becomes easier – you will have more energy and feel more enjoyment in all that you do.

Pilates session at a glance

If you are new to Pilates (regardless of fitness level), we are going to start by learning the principles and foundational movements. Start with a few private sessions or a beginner level mat class. I will guide your movement and alignment with detailed instruction throughout your workout. Learning Pilates is both fun and challenging at the same time! We play and practice to learn the exercises in a way that works for your individual body. And this is important so that the awareness stays with you throughout your day.

Pilates is for everyone

All ages, all abilities, all fitness levels! I will work with you to create a plan to meet your individual goals. With one-on-one attention in a safe and friendly studio, Pilates at Core Connection is perfect for those new to exercise, or looking to get back into shape or for those with special health concerns that require the guidance of a knowledgeable healthcare provider.

Choose your session

Private sessions are a great place for beginners to start – become familiar with the equipment and be introduced to important skills and concepts in a way that is tailored to you. This will ensure you receive the all benefits Pilates has to offer. After a few private sessions, you may wish to move to semi-private sessions with one or two other students or add mat classes to your program.

History of Pilates

Pilates is a method of exercise that encompasses the body, mind and spirit. It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early part of the 1900’s. Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. It is reported that he was sickly as a child and turned to athletics and the study of exercise to improve his condition as he grew into adulthood. Joe was in England at the start of WWI working a self-defense instructor for Scotland Yard. Because he was German, he was detained in an internment camp until the end of the war. It was here that he evolved his exercise methods and the beginnings of his equipment designs developed as he trained other internees in an effort to maintain health and strength. Following the war, he immigrated to the United States in 1926, met his future wife on the voyage and they opened a fitness studio together in New York, known as the Pilates Studio. Many of their first clients were New York City Ballet dancers. The Pilates method continued to gain popularity among the dance community, eventually reaching Hollywood celebrities in the 1970’s and then began catching on in the mainstream fitness world by the end of the 1980’s.

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness,”
-Joseph Pilates, 1945.