What is Pilates? (pronounced pih lah teez)
 
Pilates was named for Joseph Pilates who developed the method in the early 1920’s. It was first practiced by dancers and gymnasts and has now become popular for anyone wanting to improve in their chosen sport, heal from an injury or operation, as preventative health care to avoid being predisposed to injury, or just to become more fit.

Pilates teaches proper biomechanics, posture, breathing, concentration and control of your body. It teaches focus on the intrinsic muscles - those closest to the bone -strengthening the core and spine while at the same time improving flexibility.

There is practically no limit to the continued improvement in strength, balance, flexibility and coordination as you practice Pilates. The variety of exercises insures constant challenge.

Pilates can be practiced on a mat on the floor or using apparatus designed by Joseph Pilates. The Pilates Reformer, Trapeze Table, and Chair use combinations of either springs and/or a pulley system to create resistance, isolate and train specific muscles.  Private instruction is recommended before using the apparatus and ideal before jumping into a Pilates Floor class.  Read more about Pilates at www.pilates.com.

Why Practice Pilates?
So you can....
• have more balanced musculature
• get really strong, fit and more flexible
• use your body and energy more efficiently
• enhance your posture
• become more aware of your body, mind & spirit
• heal faster from injuries or operations
• feel better and have more confidence
• do something empowering as you age – it's a sustainable workout for all ages
• enjoy the meditative focus and calm learned with Pilates in other areas of life

Who’s It For?
Pilates is for people of all walks of life, ages and fitness levels.



 

What is Nia? (pronounced Nee-uh)
The Nia Technique is described as movement medicine for the body and soul. Nia stands for neuromuscular integrative action –  the nervous system and musculoskeletal system  integrating to create physical movement. In a one-hour class, the body, mind, emotions & spirit are addressed using movement, music and self-expression. By blending nine movement forms from dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts, Nia teaches you to be more joyful and alive in your body both inside the studio and out. Read more about Nia at www.nianow.com.

Why Practice It?
Because…

• It’s playful and fun
• It increases flexibility, grace and stamina
• It strengthens muscles and increases muscle definition
• It creates weight loss and weight maintenance
• It builds reservoirs of chi
• It improves cognitive functioning
• It relieves stress, calms the mind, & improves concentration
• It increases the pleasure of living in YOUR body!

Who’s It For?
It’s practiced by people of all walks of life, ages, and fitness levels.