What is Pilates?
Pilates is a low-impact exercise which focuses on strengthening the muscles. It is a type of exercise that was introduced by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. He developed a new physical fitness system calling this method as the “art of controlled movements” and said that, if it was properly executed, it would feel like a workout. Pilates aims to improve postural alignment and flexibility but also targets the core. There are two main classes of Pilates workouts: the mat and reformer classes. For the mat workouts, these are done on mats that are slightly thicker than yoga mats and focuses on cushioning your pressure points. On the other hand, reformer classes are done on a machine called a reformer which is a sliding platform that has a stationary foot bar, springs, and pulleys that provide resistance based on the level of difficulty of the class. Although there are other types of equipment that are used in Pilates, the reformer became the main machine that was established.
At present, Pilates is being practiced and taught all over the world in numerous studios using different techniques in various versions. Each version has it’s own number of principles but in general, there are seven.
- Concentration – This is important because Pilates demands intense focus. According to Pilates, the exercise will only matter if you do it the way that it should be done. Executing the exercise improperly would end up defeating the purpose of the whole routine.
- Breathing – Pilates saw how important it was in increasing the intake of oxygen as well as the circulation of oxygenated blood throughout the body. He said it was cleansing and invigorating. Coordination between breathing and movement is one of the basic goals of Pilates exercises.
- Control – Since Pilates defined his exercises as the “art of controlled movements”, it can be concluded that control is important during the routine. Each one should be done with perfect control, the muscles working to lift against gravity as well as the resistance of the springs.
- Centering – In order to have proper control of your body, you must have a good starting point- your center. The center is the focal point of the Pilates method. All movements begin from the center and move outward to the limbs.
- Flow – During the routines, the movements create a flow through appropriate transitions. Once precisions have been achieved, the exercises flow smoothly making the building strength and flexibility throughout the body.
- Postural Alignment – Having the correct posture while doing the Pilates exercises helps correct muscle imbalance and optimizes the coordination of the body. One of the primary goals of Pilates is to be able to improve postural alignment therefore making this principle important.
- Precision – This principle is essential in correcting Pilates as the focus is to be able to execute the movements precisely and perfectly. The goal is to be able to be precise not just during these exercises but also throughout our daily life.
What is STOTT Pilates?
STOTT Pilates is an approach of Pilates that focuses on musculo-skeletal conditioning that targets strength and stability. The co-founders of this method are Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew. Together with a team of physical therapists and fitness professionals, they were able to refine the STOTT Pilates method by combining modern principles of exercise science, fascial fitness and spinal rehabilitation. This created one of the most effective and safest methods available. STOTT Pilates is normally used by rehab, post-rehab, and prenatal clients, athletes, and everyone in between.
About Pilates Plus
Pilates Plus first opened in 2014 with only four instructors- two seniors and two juniors. It had the goal of helping individuals bring back the natural curve of their spine and align the body in order to enhance their confidence. The studio practices Stott Pilates. There are two types of instructors in the studio- the seniors and the juniors. The seniors are the instructors that are Stott certified and have undergone the proper trainings in the Vivian Zapanta studio in Manila. On the other hand, the junior instructor are the instructors that are only trained by the senior instructors.
Pilates Plus started with only one studio which is located in Obrero. Throughout the years, the number of clients grew as well as the number of instructors. Eventually, the studio became too crowded and small that we thought it would be time to rebrand and open a new one. At present, we now have two studios. One is located in Obrero and the other one is located in Matina. We hope to open another branch located in the North in the near future.
Pilates Plus studios are composed of brand new and original Stott equipment and our main priority is giving high quality workouts to our clients. Both our studios have spacious parking located on the premises. Now that we have rebranded and started a new studio, we have new amenities such as a shower room, a private rest room, and multiple dressing rooms.
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