When I start Pilates what can I expect?
In just a few weeks (2-3 classes/week), you may notice that you are
- Standing taller
- Feeling stronger
- Sleeping better
- Moving more freely
- Getting relief from pain.
After Pilates has become part of your life you may notice
- You are significantly more “in your body”
- Loss of inches/pounds
- Flatter abs, firmer thighs, arms and butt, toned back
- Muscle tone that is long and lean
- Improved coordination and agility
- Knowledge of how to manage chronic musculoskeletal troubles
- More strength and focus during your athletic and everyday activities
Is Pilates safe for me if I have an injury?
Yes. Pilates is an effective method to partner you in rehabilitating an injury. That said you do NOT want to attend your first session while in acute pain!
Some of the many issues that Pilates and pre-Pilates can help with are
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Shoulder Impingement
- Foot, Ankle, Knee Injuries
- Movement programs for arthritis
We are happy to work on the advice of your primary practitioner toward serving you comprehensively.
Is there pre-and post-natal Pilates?
Absolutely. At Core Cat we are experienced in providing appropriate exercises during all stages of pregnancy, if it is cleared by your doctor first. We also offer expert help in getting your body back after childbirth.
Where did Pilates come from?
The Pilates method started out as the work of Joseph Pilates, a fitness buff born in Germany in 1883. In the first half of the 20th century, Mr. Pilates developed a system of exercises whose cornerstones were pelvic, spinal and shoulder stabilization, and core strengthening. The method was intended to empower both the mind and the body. As such, it has shared values with yoga, some of the martial arts, and somatic therapies.
Many within the first generation of Joseph Pilates’ students were professional dancers in New York. Pilates — which was initially called “Contrology” — was so successful in treating dance injuries that it became the go-to training ground for dancers. While much of the vocabulary is dance-inspired, the method itself is available to all types of bodies at all levels of conditioning.
The Pilates method teaches the performance of controlled movements from a strong core. It does so on various apparatuses like the Reformer, WundaChair and Cadillac which offer low-impact (often no impact) resistance training. You can take a look at some of these apparatuses on other pages here.