Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a type of movement exercises created by Joseph Pilates in the mid 1900's. As an man who valued his own health, Joseph Pilates brilliantly created several pieces of equipment to train the body. While Pilates has evolved since Joeseph Pilates passed away in 1967, much of what we do is influenced by his original intent. Pilates can be done either on a mat or on equipment utilizing springs, pulleys, straps and hinges. It combines strength training with active stretching for a complete whole body workout. For more information please visit the Origins of Pilates via Balanced Body.
2. WHAT IS THE GYROTONIC® EXERCISE METHOD?
The GYROTONIC® method is an original movement practice created by Juliu Horvath. It is done on special pieces of equipment (the GYROTONIC® Pulley Tower, Jumping-Stretching Board, Archway, Gyrotoner and Leg Extension Unit) with pulleys, ropes, handles and weight plates. The exercises emphasize continuous spinal motion with simultaneous arm or leg movements. It is both strengthening and stretching for the body. For more information, please visit the GYROTONIC® website here.
3. WHO CAN DO PILATES, YOGA AND THE GYROTONIC® METHOD?
Anyone. From teenagers to clients who are 90 years young, we teach Pilates and the GYROTONIC® method because these movement modalities are accessible. If you need assistance we can help. If you need a challenge, we can make you sweat. If you live in a body, this is for you. Our movement sessions are creative, adaptive and are designed to fit the individual needs of each client.
4. WHAT RESULTS WILL I SEE WITH PILATES, YOGA AND THE GYROTONIC® METHOD?
Due to the combination of both strength and stretch exercises, clients enjoy increased strength, flexibility, body awareness, coordination, balance and ease of movement. Additionally, Pilates and the GYROTONIC® exercise method can be an excellent supplement to enhance your results from physical therapy, chiropractic care, myofascial release therapy, acupuncture and massage therapy. Let your movement instructor know your goals and together we will achieve them.
5. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Comfortable form fitting clothing is best. Loose fitting clothing is great if you are attending a mat class but please be aware our equipment has springs and has been known to eat a sleeve or two. If you wear shorts, please be sure they are tighter fitting or wear spandex/compression shorts underneath.
6. WHO DOES YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY AND WEB DESIGN?
Our original studio photos are by Kelli Lyn Photography & more recently by Roslyn Smithers. Our design is by Kroneberger Studio. If you love our look, these amazing creatives will make your heart sing.
7. WHAT TRAINING DO YOUR INSTRUCTORS HAVE?
Each of our instructors here have either completed a 600+ hour Pilates training course and/or have completed a year long Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer program. In addition, all of our teachers continue to learn beyond their original teacher trainings. Each of us have completed several continuing education courses from several of Pilates greats (Mary Bowman, Cara Reeser, Amy Alpers, Amy Lange...) and companies such as STOTT Pilates, Balanced Body University, Polestar Pilates, the GYROTONIC® Expansion System, and Thomas Meyer's Anatomy Trains. Basically, we love to move & we love to learn.
Perhaps most importantly, all of our teachers thrive in their own bodies after going through their own Pilates and GYROTONIC® method rehabilitation from running, dance, climbing and mountain biking, and other physical injuries. This is personal work that we have grown from and encourage you to explore.