What exactly is Pilates?
Developed by Joseph Pilates and his wife, Clara in the early 20th century, Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns; Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavour but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds. -Pilates Method Alliance
Why should I do Pilates?
Pilates offers a movement regime that undoes the daily damage we do to our bodies.
Muscles that end up contracted and tense from poor posture are given a change to stretch and weakened muscles, strengthen, the abdominal work allows us to build strong cores, and the breath work encourages vibrant, functional breathing.
Many people (myself included) have taken Pilates classes to help rehabilitate injuries as it can be especially helpful with back pain.
How is it different than Yoga?
There are many similarities between yoga and Pilates. You will find yourself in bridges, downward dog, and child's pose at some time in the class; however, there is no chanting or additional spiritual aspects. Pilates centres around prescribed movements that involve breath control, pelvic floor engagement, postural alignment, and balancing the body. In Pilates we will use various props such as resistance bands, rings, rollers, stability balls, and small weights to mimic the same movements done on the equipment leaving you feeling balanced, refreshed, and strong. Pilates is adaptable to everyone- you do not need to be flexible or already working out to participate.
Where did you train?
I started taking Pilates in 2015, shortly after I started working as a Massage Therapist. My home studio is Integration Pilates and my teacher training was with the owner, Tracy Stafford. I have taken classes through Canada while travelling and maintain a regular practice at home.
I approach Pilates from a modern therapeutic viewpoint. While Joseph Pilates developed amazing exercises, our knowledge of the body and movement therapy has evolved. The approach I have learned from Integration makes Pilates accessible to everyone, focusing on rehabilitation and true core connection.