Pilates is a system of strength training based on developing a strong core (abdominals, back & glutes) and maintaining or restoring the natural alignment and articulation of the spine. Pilates is a holistic form of fitness, where each exercise considers proper breathing and alignment of the entire body.
The following are possible benefits of a consistent pilates practice: full body tone - including longer, leaner appearing muscles such as slender thighs & flat, defined abs; improved posture: restoring and preserving the natural curves and mobility of the spine; reduced back pain; increased balance, core strength, stability & peripheral mobility; injury risk reduction through strengthening and re-balancing the muscles around joints; enhanced functional fitness: move with more ease when accomplishing everyday tasks; heightened body awareness & concentration through strengthened mind/body connection; cross training for sports performance: greater core alignment & co-ordination benefits balance & agility; increased blood lfow to the brain oxygenates the blood and improves circulation through breath work.
The beauty of pilates is that no special equipment is necessary to get started. Pilates mat exercises require a padded mat and you! All pilates repertoire workouts are designed to provide a full body workout. That said, the use of equipment and small props can target & isolate specific areas of the body to train them more effectively. Working on an unstable surface such as stability balls or the BOSU® will provide increased challenge to co-ordination and balance. The pilates reformer is a piece of fitness equipment designed specifically for pilates workouts and includes a moving carriage & springs to increase resistance. The reformer is generally known for more focused training of the periphery (arms & legs) while pilates mat workouts are known for more focused training of the core (abs, back & glutes).
core harmony™ offers the following workouts for Private Sessions, Small Group Training or On-Site Corporate Fitness Classes. Professional Reformer workouts are offered to clients in their home gyms & to companies with a reformer in their corporate wellness area.
In-home or office private, duet and small group training classes are available in the Boston area. Corporate on-site yoga classes are available at your company through our corporate wellness program, core corporate™. Travel to following towns is usually within the complimentary travel range: Newton, Wellesley, Weston, Dover, Dedham, Westwood, Watertown, Waltham, Belmont, Brookline, Boston, Natick, Wayland, Cambridge, Concord. For rates, visit the personal training page.
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