Pilates is practiced in many different ways. It was originally used to rehabilitate dancers and performers but it offers so much more. Ballet dancers, fitness enthusiasts, and professional athletes all practice Pilates. The exercises might be slightly different, but the benefits are the same!
Pilates conditions the whole body, from your head to your toes! No muscle is ignored. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, enhancing your sport or daily activities and activating them with more ease.
Pilates focuses on controlled movements combined with concentration using the breath to engage the core, helping you to execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Learning to breathe using the Pilates method can reduce stress and promote a feeling of calmness.
There is an emphasis on breath, spinal and pelvic alignment, and an attentiveness to fluid, precise, purposeful movements, which brings you in tune with your body and how it moves.
Come and try the new intro to Pilates class. Free to all members, we will take you through an introduction class, utilizing all of the equipment. You will get to know the instructors and find out how to get started on your Pilates journey, in the fabulous Opt-Life Pilates studio. Learn more about pilates reformer at the Member Services desk or call 316.927.5959.
We all hear that Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” It’s true! It works the deep abdominal muscles and the smaller intricate muscles surrounding areas from the shoulders to the gluts. We focus on these during the exercises, with the intention of incorporating them for efficient movement into your everyday activities.
When muscles are tight and shortened, the body is more prone to injury. Pilates balances the muscles by strengthening and stretching giving them more elasticity. Pilates moves the body through its full range of motion, promoting and improving joint mobility.