Pilates is a practice that is for you and all about you.
New to Pilates, what is the best way to start?
Pilates Body NYC recommends that you take private sessions first. This will allow you to learn how the exercises should be performed as well as any modifications that might be needed for your body. Remember that a Pilates practice is for you and all about you and your body. If you choose to do group classes later, you will receive greater benefits from the exercises by knowing and applying the proper technique as well as any personal modifications needed to prevent possible injury. Please click here to see our New Client Specials.
How often should I do Pilates?
We recommend two to three times a week, but even once a week will be beneficial. Keep in mind that Pilates is a practice and the more you practice the more you will benefit. The most important thing is consistency.
How soon can I expect to see results?
I get asked this question all the time! Joseph Pilates said, “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body”. Exact results may vary by individuals, but with a consistent Pilates practice you will see & feel a difference. Practice will make perfect.
Pilates Body NYC welcomes your questions after all a Pilates practice is all about you!
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What is Pilates concentration & why it makes a difference.
If breathing is the physical key to attaining mind-body awareness, then concentration is the mental key. Concentration can be thought of as the conscious control of a movement or exercise which concurrently enhances body awareness. Proper concentration allows you to do a Pilates movement as you simultaneously focus on other variables of that particular movement/exercise – like being in the right position, having your shoulders in the right place or making sure your back feels OK. Concentrating on the full movement and all of its components.
In everyday life
By using concentration in order to make a strong mind-body connection, you become more focused on where your body is in space in relation to what is physically going on around you. This leads to more balanced, graceful movements and reactions.
Let’s be practical.
Say you’re standing while riding on a crowded subway or you’re in a mall that’s packed with shoppers. Creating that inward focus will affect your outward movement. You’ll find that you are able to withstand the bumps and jerks of the subway car without being thrown off balance or pass by other shoppers without being jostled as much.
Pay attention. Concentrate.
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Regular exercise is the only well-established fountain of youth.
Did you know that Pilates is for people at every age who want to look and feel their best?
You can actually erase years off your body. Chronologically you may be 50+, but with PILATES and healthy nutrition, people are going to do a double-take and not believe your age. Imagine how awesome you’ll feel, when you not only feel younger, but to other people you look younger.
Why Pilates? So glad you asked!
- Pilates presents a remarkable opportunity for an aging population to perform a series of exercises that are both safe and effective. The exercises are gentle, progressive and performed slowly with good postural alignment at all times.
- Pilates can provide people with the tools and techniques they need to age with dignity and a sense of well being.
- As we age flexibility becomes much more critical and so Pilates works especially well in this area for people who are middle aged and up.
- Pilates is a corrective, rehabilitative form of exercise developed to improve our body’s functioning by bringing it back into a natural state.
- Pilates can be performed at a pace dictated by the strength and stamina of the individual.
- Regular Pilates practice can lead to a stronger, leaner body, while developing body awareness – awareness of how you sit, stand and move. You will be able to relate those habits to the aches, pains and injuries you have now or had in the past, and most importantly change them.
- Pilates improves the connection between your mind and your body.
Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time. His philosophies on health and exercise hold true to this day.
“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”
~ Joseph Pilates
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What will Pilates exercises do for you?
Before & After
Are you looking to get fit and have a better quality of life? Pilates is the answer.
“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” — Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86
All different types of people, at different fitness levels who have begun doing Pilates exercises say they’ve seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, posture and abdominal strength. My clients all say they stand taller and they all have become more aware of their bodies.
So you ask what can Pilates do for you, read on and I will tell you more.
Pilates Exercises are Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels
Whether you are 50+ or just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body mind approach make Pilates accessible to all. Pilates exercises can be tailored to individual needs.
The creator of Pilates, Joseph Pilates was adamant that Pilates, was about “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” This is one of the differences of Pilates exercise: we practice each movement with total attention. When we exercise in this way, the body and mind unite to bring forth the most benefit possible from each exercise. The Pilates principles — centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow — are key concepts that we use to integrate body and mind.
Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole. The Pilates exercise workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.Attention to core support and full-body fitness — including the breath and the mind — provide a level of integrative fitness.
Creates Strength without Bulk
Long, lean muscles are the name of the game here. In Pilates, we are not looking to build muscles for show. We are building toned muscles that work perfectly within the context of the body as a whole, and needs of a person as they move through life.
In Pilates, we work toward a safe increase of stretch and range of motion. A body that can stretch and bend to meet the flow of life is a very realistic goal.
Develops Core Strength
Pilates and Core strength go to together like Love & Marriage, Horse & Carriage. The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs — and not more. A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat abs that we all want.
Good posture is a reflection of good alignment supported by a strong core. It is a position from which one can move freely. Pilates exercises, train the body to have both strength & balance.
It might seem like a paradox, but the more you exercise, the more energy you have and the more you feel like doing. Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, and floods the body with the good feelings, the ones you get from exercising the whole body. After a workout my clients always feel rejuvenated & refreshed.
How long does it take to feel the effects of Pilates?
30 Sessions to a whole new body!
“In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” ~ Joseph Pilates
You don’t need fancy equipment, just grab a mat and start your journey.
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For the Love of Pilates Mat Work by Neal Healey
Say hello to Neil Healey from across the pond. He loves Pilates mat work! Read on and he will gladly tell you why. By the way we agree I love Pilates mat work too!.
How did Neil start his love of Pilates Mat Work?
I had a bulging Lumber disc so my Physiotherapist sent me to Pilates classes. I have enjoyed weight training for many years so I thought that Pilates would be a waste of good training time so I asked her not to send me! I am obviously extremely happy she did not listen to my protest. My instructor was brilliant. In just a few lessons I was in considerably less pain and moving more freely
I formed Neilpilates when I qualified through Michael Kings Pilates Institute (London) on 31 October 2004 and I am now working as a freelance assessor jointly delivering a Level 3 Pilates Instructors course for Fitness Northern Ireland. So far I have handpicked five of the instructors who I have taught on the Level 3 Pilates Instructors course to become Neilpilates Instructors. I have released a Pilates for beginners DVD and have been interviewed on View TV and Radio Ulster as well as providing exercise instruction for a Northern Woman magazine summer special. I have a studio where I mainly teach one to one but I also teach a small equipment and two Antenatal Pilates classes each week. At the moment I teach thirteen mat classes per week in various venues in Belfast.
I just love Pilates mat work!
“Contrology is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily “ad-nauseam”. Neither does it demand your joining a gymnasium nor the purchasing of expensive apparatus. You may derive all the benefits of Contrology in your own home” Joseph Pilates
The above quote is taken from Joseph Pilates book ‘Return to Life through Contrology’ and, to me, it clearly shows that Mr Pilates was of the opinion that his mat work exercises were rather important. He said that all the benefits of his exercises could be derived from these exercises so how can you do anything other than love mat work when it gives you so much?
Pilates Mat work allows the maximum number of us to have access to the benefits of Pilates for less of a financial outlay. Surely that was Mr Pilates dream was it not?
I teach contemporary Pilates so I have hundreds of modified exercises to choose from which equips me with the tools to give my clients a complete, total body workout in a class environment. To me there is no better ‘payment’ than when a client who has been in chronic pain come to me and tells me they’ve had their first pain free day or week for years! What a buzz! What a feeling when you are given the vindication that what you do really works and really improves peoples quality of life!
Mat work is a beautiful thing that we should cherish and develop. I personally would recommend all contemporary teachers to go and be taught the original exercises by a quality ‘classical’ teacher. The exercises we do, obviously, are largely modified forms of or based on the original exercises and I believe we always need to know and keep sight of our roots. I found that when I attended a Classical Mat work Weekend taken by the Jay Grimes trained Amy Kellow it completely changed how I taught the contemporary exercises to my clients/classes. I was able to make the classes so much stronger and was able to cue connection/engagement to so many more muscles in each exercise. My clients just loved it! Maybe it’s just me but I love it when I see my regular clients walk into their class with a smile on their face and then tell how they felt their last class in all the right places for a couple of days after the class. The mat work gives you everything you need to retune your body to make it an efficient machine that allows you to get on with the important things like, working, playing sport enjoying family time or just round all that up and call it what it is – living your life.
So get out there and enjoy your Pilates mat work classes and reap all of the many benefits they can give you and don’t be afraid to tell your teacher how good it makes you feel, there is nothing that your teacher will appreciate more!
To learn more about Neil and his Pilates classes please visit his website NeilPilates
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