While Pilates is a relatively new fitness regimen, developed by Joseph Pilates to help combat a host of his personal childhood ailments, the philosophy Pilates used to develop his training program stems from Ancient Greek ideals of balancing physical, emotional, and intellectual fitness. These philosophies continue today and are a cornerstone of Pilates classes across the world, including the ones offered at Om’echaye. Far from just another method of weight loss or muscle gain, Pilates can help shape one’s body and mind and bring inner peace, along with physical fitness.
Pilates is a full body workout, designed to help strengthen the core and attend to muscles that are often left out of more traditional gym workouts. Rather than focusing on building large, bulky muscles, which are far more susceptible to strain and tears, Pilates aims to elongate and strengthen muscle, improving their flexibility and creating long-lasting and sustainable body strength.
Pilates is the go-to workout for those in physical therapy and rehabilitation, as the exercises involved are gentle on the body, and can help train the body to move in ways that are safer and cause less strain. Certain Pilates techniques are even gentle enough to be done during pregnancy, to help facilitate a safe and healthy delivery.
Exercises like Pilates help release the body’s natural endorphins, the pleasure receptors that help us feel joy. People suffering from anxiety and depression can find great benefits from a regular Pilates regimen, as the physical movement of the body helps release natural happiness hormones.
Pilates is a versatile workout regimen, suitable for those just starting to seriously work out, or professional athletes trying to keep their body toned. At Om’echaye, our experienced Pilates instructors are here to help you find the perfect class for you. If you’re seeking rehabilitation from a recent injury, our Pilates Reformer Therapy class will help you improve mobility and increase flexibility. Our Pilates Barre class is perfect for those who want to incorporate the intensive ballet Barre technique into their workout.
With a regular Pilates regimen, you’ll not only see results, but feel your mind and body becoming healthier and more aligned. Schedule a session today with one of our instructors to see firsthand how Pilates can transform your body and your life.
The Pilates Reformer is a Pilates machine that resists and assists your movements, allowing you to complete precise actions that develop alignment, core strength, and flexibility. Most Pilates Reformer exercises involve pushing or pulling the carriage, or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs. You can choose from several Reformer exercises depending on your level of expertise.
Pilates Reformer therapy focuses on treating through stages, according to each person´s fitness level or rehabilitation status. In the case of rehabilitation, an early stage may include stabilization and disassociation of a compromised area.
Joseph Pilates developed a method of specific exercises and movement patterns designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. All the fundamental movements and Pilates principles are incorporated in the mat exercises. Adaptable to any fitness level, this class focuses on learning the basics correctly without incorporating exercise equipment.
Our Barre classes integrate the fat-burning format of interval training with muscle-shaping isometrics to quickly and safely reshape the entire body. Our non-impact, one-hour workout uses both the ballet Barre and the mat, and targets all major muscle groups. The result is the recognizable Barre body, featuring sculpted arms, flat abs, a lifted seat, and elongated thighs.
Power Plate is a form of vibration training that works by transferring vibrations to muscles, causing them to contract 30-60 times per second. It brings a new dimension to training by stimulating muscles intensively and efficiently in only 30 minutes.&
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