What is Pilates?

Simply put, Pilates is a mind body exercise system that integrates breathing and moving to balance the length and strength of your body. Pilates creates beautiful posture, a strong core (abdominal and back muscles) and better well-being. At Iron & Grace, we teach a contemporary approach and understand the genius also found in the classical work.  We keep the original concepts of centering, concentration, control, precision, flow and conscious breathing in mind always. Our training is diverse and broad but one thing always is paramount- science and evolving concepts in various somatic modalities that enhance our practice.  STOTT PILATES, KANE SCHOOL, and POLESTAR PILATES incorporate modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement and is where we have trained and we continue to learn from Somatic health practitioners outside of the realm of Pilates.

The founder of Pilates, Joe Pilates once said about his exercise program, "You'll feel better after 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions and have a completely new body in 30."  It's true, as a matter of fact, most people report a different "awareness" in their bodies after just one class or session.  It is a commitment to the process which gives you a "completely new body".  Pilates is not like other forms of exercise.   In many ways, starting a Pilates program establishes a new relationship to your body and a smarter way to move that balances both your strength and flexibility. While learning the essential repertoire, you may not even sweat, but your body and mind will work hard together so that you will likely feel exhausted.  Expect soreness in very distinct places, because Pilates works deeper, smaller muscles, which may need awakening.

Once you have a strong foundation and your body begins to understand the work, you WILL find your workouts physically strenuous in addition to being mentally taxing. Pilates tends to become more difficult as you progress because you learn to work harder and get the most benefit out of each exercise. You will get out of it what you put into it, so approach class or your sessions ready to focus and work hard and you WILL achieve your desired results AND leave feeling wonderful and invigorated. 



Equipment Training 

Iron & Grace is a fully equipped Pilates studio with the most experienced and diversely educated trainers. We offer both semi-private and private instruction utilizing the specialized equipment. Our trainers safely bridge the gap btween rehab and exercise and offer a continuum of care to get you moving healthy and strong. Equipment based sessions are by appointment only and we can accomodate even the busiest person's schedule. Private and semi-private training is goal directed and allows you to have workouts that are custom tailored to meet your needs.  The bigger pieces of specialized Pilates equipment use spring tension. The spring tension and design of the equipment makes for different properties than free weights, in that spring resistance doesn't rely on gravity to produce force. It seems to invite the length we want to create in the body and offers eccentric muscle contractions (when a muscle lengthens as it resists a force) which is one of the keys to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk that Pilates is known for. Pilates is the perfect cross training for all athletes and is very well suited for older students.



 Pilates Classes

We welcome Pilates students of all levels to our classes and offer unique Pilates programming.  Above and beyond the typical fitness circles, flexbands, barrels and toning balls, we incorporate the TRX suspension trainer, 8" and 12" mini stability balls, the OOV and countless other fun small props. While you may drop in, the best choice is to go take the Pilates Foundation series or work one on one first. This assures that you get the most out of your class and are familiar with the vocabulary. Focused Pilates study prior to your first class makes you aware of your body's natural movement patterns and allows you to optimize your workout.


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