OK, but what the heck IS Pilates?
Pilates, or the study of contrology, was the brainchild of Joseph Pilates, a German soldier and active mover during World War I. He developed his method to treat his sick mother before using it to rehab soliders and then finally brought his methods to New York City where he ended up growing a cult-like following among dancers.
Pilates is, well, Pilates. There’s nothing else to compare it to. But if you want to “kinda” get an understanding, think of it like yoga mixed with strength training mixed with dancing mixed with gymnastics. I meant it when I said kinda.
There are a handful of Pilates classes or sessions you can try. First, understand that there are two different schools of thought: classical and contemporary Pilates. Classical follows the teachings of Joseph Pilates closely. Contemporary Pilates, while still following Joseph Pilates’ work, progressed to include new choreography and methods that are more current with 21st century healthy movement and fitness trends. You can also take mat Pilates, taught at most chain gyms and group fitness classes, and equipment Pilates. Equipment Pilates includes apparatus such as the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrel, Spine Corrector, and Tower.
Where were you certified?
I was certified through New York Pilates comprehensive, 600-hour contemporary certification. I’m currently working on completing my full Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certification and pre + post natal continuing education!
i live in nyc. Can you teach me?
Absolutely! Pop over to this page and send me your info so we can set something up!