what is pilates?
New to the Pilates method? Don’t worry! We’ll give you an idea of what to expect at your first visit as well as some history on the method…
Who is joseph pilates?
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. His father was a prize-winning gymnast, his mother a naturopath. As a young child, Joseph suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. Battling these afflictions as a young boy caused him to be rather small and weak, and he would often get made fun of from the other school children. In an effort to restore his health and gain strength, he began studying human anatomy. Eastern disciplines such as yoga, Zen Buddhism and martial arts principles would get mixed with some of the Western forms of physical activity he was familiar with: bodybuilding, gymnastics, boxing and even skiing. By age fourteen he had gained so much muscle definition and strength that he was posing for anatomical charts.
Later, during World War I, he was led to imprisonment in a British internment camp. There, he would begin teaching some of the practices he had developed to other inmates who would leave internment stronger than when they arrived. During this time, Joseph would be refining his method and approach to teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises.
A few years later, after more refinement, he would coin the term ‘Contrology’ as his integrated and comprehensive method of physical exercises. He would also spend time in internment working as a nurse-physiotherapist of sorts, working with fellow compatriots. Many of his innovative machines (such as The Cadillac) were first conceptualized by disassembling camp bunk beds and using the springs as a form of resistance to rehabilitate the injured or bed-ridden.
In 1925, Pilates immigrated to New York where he met the woman who would become his wife, Clara. When they arrived to New York, they began working and running a boxing studio in Manhattan that shared a studio with eminent dance pioneers George Balanchine and Martha Graham. Both Balanchine and Graham embraced Pilates’ Contrology method and began sending all of their dancers over to recover from injury or refine their muscle definition.
Contrology was later renamed The Pilates Method and still remains popular in many communities including: dance companies all over the world, many American football, baseball and Olympic athletes, and many celebrities. Today it has become a mainstream regimen for physical fitness, rehabilitation and mind + body wellness. Pilates is not just for the elite, it provides health and wellness to all walks of life!
What to expect at your first session
We ask that all clients new to Pilates on 10th take at least ONE private session before moving on to group classes.
At your first visit, be prepared to discuss:
Health history, including: chronic pain, acute injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, etc. For recent injuries we recommend getting in touch with a physician first to get the doctor’s approval.
Questions and goals regarding your physical fitness journey
Activities that you engage in regularly or semi-frequently
Once you have discussed your health history with the instructor, you will begin a fundamental series incorporating some mat and reformer exercises. Work on finding and activating deep core muscles, learn how to use some of the equipment and get an understanding of the core principles necessary for a successful Pilates progression: breath, postural alignment, concentration, control & precision. At the end of the first session you can discuss with your instructor about continuing with private sessions, or which level group class would be right for you.
We can’t wait to see you in here for your first session and on the journey to physical greatness with a balanced mind + body connection!
When you arrive, please come 5-10 minutes early for health history forms. Some of the equipment has springs, so bring or wear a hair-tie if you have long hair. Try to avoid clothing that may hang low (such as exercise skirts, hoods, gauchos or other very loose clothing) and avoid wearing jewelry or clothing with zippers for the longevity of our vinyl equipment pads.
GET STARTED ON YOUR PILATES JOURNEY
Our studio is located in a 1935 Capitol Hill landmark building. Keeping some of the old world charm; old growth beams, exposed brick and vintage skylights. Our studio has served Capitol Hill for the last thirteen years bringing the joy of Pilates and a healthy lifestyle to our loyal clientele.
Pilates on 10th is a small independent studio that values community, dedication to our clients and working together to ensure the best instruction possible. We believe in catering to each individual and working with every client at their level to grow their potential. Our studio features all PEAK equipment in a beautiful, serene space basked in natural light. We also have a Pilates boutique in the front, where you can buy fitness apparel, and accessory equipment for use at home.
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WHAT WE OFFER
We offer a wide variety of services at Pilates On 10th! We want to focus on providing health for not just your body, but your heart and soul as well. From group classes, to private sessions, to the amenities you can find in our studio such as massage, we are here for you.
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