Pilates is a movement practice focused on five principles: Control, Centering, Concentration, Breath and Flowing Movement. It was created by Joseph Pilates, a boxer and performer, who used the exercises to train his body. After being sent to an internment camp, Pilates used his exercise protocol to train other camp members and rehabilitate them from injury and illness.
Today, the classical Pilates work includes exercise sequences that take the spine through a healthy range of movement in forward bending, backward bending, side bending and twisting. The Pilates work is sequenced in a specific order for optimal health and mobility of the spine. Exercises are executed on a mat along with exercises on four pieces of equipment: the Cadillac, Reformer, Chair and Barrel.
The benefits of a regular Pilates practice include improved core strength and stamina, a more flexible spine, improved balance, improved flexibility, improved breathing capacity, improved concentration, better digestion, and a better mood.
Pilates is my favorite way to move my body, my favorite way to develop strength, and my favorite way to challenge myself. It allows me the opportunity to practice the art of concentration, which helps me execute each physical movement with precision, breath and flow.
Peak Pilates Master Instructor Level 1 - I completed my Comprehensive Pilates Certification in 2011 and became a Master Instructor in 2016. I continue to be a student and take continuing education in Pilates so I can grow as a teacher.
Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) with the Pilates Method Alliance.