Pilates is a physical fitness system that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It is a low-impact form of exercise that focuses on building strength, flexibility, and endurance through controlled movements and breathing techniques.
Pilates puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, as well as breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. It enhances core strength and brings increased reach, flexibility, and agility. Although there is no historical evidence that Joseph Pilates practiced yoga, it is believed that he was influenced by a variety of movement and exercise, including yoga, while developing his own method of physical fitness. Joseph Pilates was exposed to a wide range of physical disciplines during his lifetime, such as gymnastics, boxing, and martial arts, and he drew from these various practices to create what is now known as Pilates.
Pilates is a mind body practice, very similar to yoga. Rather than relying on brute force or momentum to perform exercises, Pilates practitioners use their minds to focus on the movements and engage their muscles in a deliberate and controlled way. Ballet dancers have been using the pilates method for 80+years! More recently, it has been showing up in rehab facilities and physiotherapy clinics and it has become a crucial training adjunct to elite athletes including the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL and many Olympic athletes.
Pilates exercises are typically done on a mat or using specialized Pilates equipment, such as the reformer or tower trainer. These machines use springs and pulleys to provide resistance, which helps to build strength and tone muscles.
One of the key benefits of Pilates is that it can be adapted to suit people of all fitness levels and abilities. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or just starting out on your fitness journey, Pilates can help you to improve your posture, increase your flexibility, and build core strength.
Some of the other benefits of Pilates include:
- Improved balance and coordination
- Reduced stress and tension
- Increased energy levels
- Improved circulation and digestion
- Reduced risk of injury
Overall, Pilates is a safe and effective way to improve your physical fitness and overall well-being. Whether you're looking to build strength, improve flexibility, or simply relax and unwind, Pilates is a great option to consider.
At iGita we offer Mat classes, which are included in the regular class packages, as well as Pilates Equipment classes which generally include a combination of the reformer, tower & chair. These classes are limited to 6 people. The program has its own set of class package options which you will find on the pricing page here.
iGita Pilates Mat Classes
Are included in regular membership and are done on a yoga mat, and may use various props including the Pilates circle, 1-5 lb balls, flex bands, blocks and straps
iGita Large Equipment classes
Students wishing to start taking large equipment classes must participate in an introductory mat/reformer class or private assessment class before attending one of these classes.
We have 6 Reformer Machines, 6 Tower Trainers, and 6 Stability Chairs. Most classes use a mixture of equipment unless specifically specified in the name of the class.
Private classes may be scheduled from 1-6 participants.