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.