What is Pilates? (puh-la-teez)
In the 1930’s, Joseph Pilates developed a series of exercises on the Mat and on various equipment which he invented to strengthen the center, lengthen the spine, increase body awareness, build muscle tone and gain flexibility. The Pilates technique develops strong abdominal & postural muscles to support the skeletal system and act as the “powerhouse” of the body.
Ellie Herman has further developed the system reflecting her eclectic background in yoga, gymnastics, dance and Chinese medicine. Pilates develops a strong center which helps alleviate back pain, prevents injury, & improves performance in all aspects of life.
Pilates Equipment Invented by Joseph Pilates, these hand-crafted pieces of equipment are constructed with variable spring resistance which builds long and lean musculature and allows synergistic muscle engagement. The equipment tones and strengthens the whole body while focusing on proper alignment, increasing range of motion & flexibility.
The Universal Reformer is an original piece of Pilates equipment which has a moving carriage and uses springs and pulleys to create resistance. Reformer repertoire focuses on proper alignment while strengthening the core, legs, arms, back and butt. Great for back, knee, hip, ankle and shoulder injuries.
Pilates Springboard The Pilates Springboard is an original piece of equipment designed by Ellie Herman and is very much like the Tower (or one side of the Cadillac). The class starts with 10 – 20 minutes of Pilates mat which focuses on core strengthening, spinal articulation and stabilization. The Springboard offers spring resistance training for the legs, arms, back, butt and belly.