Quotes by Joseph Pilates.....


"You are only as old as your spine is flexible. If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young."


"Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work out."

As Joseph Pilates used to say, "in 10 sessions you will feel better, after 20 sessions you will look better, and in 30 sessions you will have a new body."  This is so true!  At Jean Marie Fitness & Wellness we guarantee that if you practice the Pilates Method consistently your body will change.  Keep in mind, Pilates is not just about a better looking body, but a healthier body. 


Pilates Reformer Machine

Our Pilates Reformer sessions are suitable for all types of individuals including athletes, rehab recipients, the active aging and regular fitness enthusiasts.  Pilates is a great method of exercise that is designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and re-balance the muscles around the joints and places emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilization, and integration of all the parts of the body into one.


Pilate Reformer sessions are popular because the Reformer machine will help you lengthen and strengthen your muscles simultaneously resulting in a longer leaner body with defined, and shapely muscles and flat abs!


In addition to a better body, the dramatic changes that can happen from practicing the Pilates method may include: 

  • Stronger abdominals and back
  • Greater flexibility and less stiffness
  • Graceful movement
  • Improved balance
  • Streamlined, muscles and better tone
  • Relief from back pain and joint pain
  • More energy
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • A happier, healthier you


​​BENEFITS OF PILATES

1. Control

 Joseph Pilates called his method of body conditioning "Contrology" or "The Art of Control". Every movement of each Pilates exercise requires complete control of your body by your mind. There should be no sudden, meaningless, or haphazard movements during your Pilates workout, it is a mind body connection. This is why the Pilates method is such a safe exercise regimen. Exercise without awareness and control can lead to injury. 


2. Breath

Breath is essential to the Pilates method. Proper breathing oxygenates your blood, increases your circulation and flexibility, deepens the work of your abdominals, and brings a sense of ease to your movement. As a general rule, we inhale to prepare for a movement and we exhale to execute it. Many people tend to hold their breath while exercising, or they only use a shallow breath. Always breath deeply and fully, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. 


3. Concentration

In order to maximize your workout, you must be completely present during your session. Don't let your mind wander! Concentration is key. It is your mind that connects to your body and moves it into action. Pay attention to all of your movements as you are performing them, and concentrate on improving your form by focusing on every detail of the exercises. The more focus and mindful intention that you bring to your workout the more effective and stronger you will become. 


4. Flow

Flow, or the fluidity of motion, is something that really sets Pilates apart from other forms of exercise. There are no static, jerky, or fragmented movements in the Pilates method. Each exercise should have a smooth, graceful, dance-like quality to it. Concentrate on flow not only during each individual exercise, but also on the transitions from one exercise to the next. Seamless fluid transitions thread the exercises together so that your body is constantly in motion and your muscles are constantly working, even in between the exercises. 


5. Centering

All of the movements in the Pilates method stem from your core, the center and foundation of your body. Joseph Pilates often called this area the "powerhouse" of your body , and it includes the abdominals, lower back muscles, and buttocks. Each and every exercise in Pilates initiates from the powerhouse and then flows outwards into the periphery of the body. Also, make sure that the body is always centered by using proper alignment and form. 


6. Precision

Every exercise in the Pilates method has a purpose and a goal. Therefore, as your approach each exercise be precise and try to execute the exercise as perfectly as possible. As Joseph Pilates used to say "honor every movement".  Most of the exercises in Pilates are very low repetition, thus you must focus on doing a few precise perfect repetitions rather than many halfhearted ones. Constantly scan your body and focus on integrating all of the principles of Pilates, control, breath, concentration, flow, centering, and precision.



​​JEAN MARIE FITNESS & WELLNESS