Pilates Classes in Houston, TX
To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our ability. - Joseph H. Pilates
What is Pilates?
Pilates is named after Joseph Hubertus Pilates, of Germany, 1880-1967. He engineered and then formalized his inspired movement studies into exercises called Contrology and brought it to New York City. There, it became increasingly popular as a method of injury rehabilitation and a unique way to develop a balanced and strong body. Many dancers began to include Contrology exercises into their practice. With these movements, now known as “Pilates”, they increased their balance, core strength, and flexibility. The exercises are performed from every imaginable position: lying on the back, lying on the tummy, lying on each side, as well as balanced on hands & feet, kneeling, and various seated positions. The main principles of Pilates are Control, Centering, Concentration, Precision, Breath and Flow.
What is Reformer Pilates?
An amazing story lies behind the Pilates invention we call a reformer. It started with a desire to help injured soldiers get back to health. In 1912, Joseph Pilates brilliantly attached springs to the beds of his bedridden hospital patients. With this innovation, the patients could train against resistance and regain strength while restricted to the bed. Although the Reformer machine is more formalized than a simple bed with springs, it maintains all the Pilates methodology in a low-impact workout.
Joseph also invented several other apparatus and programing to allow all bodies to achieve deep levels of body awareness with movement. Some of our favorites that we offer are Chair, Tower (used with Reformer or in place of a full Cadillac for many exercises), Arc Barrel and props such as soft, lightweight medicine balls, bands, rings, fitness balls. Pilates can also be performed on the floor with or without props, referred to as Mat Pilates.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Enrolling in our Pilates class in Houston, TX increases core strength and stability, helps to develop balance, expand flexibility, improve posture, lengthen and strengthen muscles of the entire body, and evenly conditions the whole body. Pilates practice will lead to a longer and leaner body that functions more efficiently in daily movements. Because Pilates is such a body-friendly form of exercise, one can gain from practicing every day. However, a beginner can quickly observe results in their body with as few as 2-3 classes per week. Pilates classes can suffice as a primary activity or be added as the perfect cross-trainer to complement any other activity. In fact, the more physical activity one participates in, the more Pilates may be the ideal solution to returning muscle balance throughout. Pilates also improves performance in dance or sports by increasing proprioceptive control of the body. Pilates reduces stress and stress-related illnesses. Because it can be tailored to suit the individual, Pilates can benefit most populations including children, teenagers, adults through senior years, and those with various physical limitations. In fact, Pilates is used extensively for rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation efforts.
If you are interested in Pilates classes, take a look at our class schedule to find a time that works for you!