What is Pilates


Everything you need to know about Personal Pilates Instruction

Ever wondered “What is Pilates?” or “How can a Personal Pilates Instructor help me?” Look no further! This Getting Started Guide is a great place to start.

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If you’re looking for a low-impact movement practice to increase bone density while improving muscle tone and overall strength, Pilates should be at the top of your list. 

Pilates is a type of low-impact movement therapy centered around engaging core muscles, relaxing the mind, and building strength to alleviate pain. It can help improve flexibility and strengthen core muscles through resistance and strength training, all of which are vital for the health of the aging body. Strength training, specifically, is routinely recommended to adults looking to maintain bone density and muscle toning. 

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Pilates for strength and pain relief

There are two types of Pilates sessions: machine (reformer) based and mat based. The reformer is a, “a sliding platform complete with stationary foot bar, springs, and pulleys that provide resistance.” Pilates can also be a solution to lower-back pain by strengthening supporting muscles. A study published in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy reported that patients with lower back pain have significant pain relief after enrolling and completing a 12-month pilates program. The resulting endorphin and stress release can also help with sleep quality and overall anxiety reduction.

Sources: Self Mag, Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

What our expert practitioners have to say


Carleigh lipman, Pilates

WellSet: What can someone expect from a Pilates session?

LIPMAN: In a typical pilates private session be prepared to learn a whole lot about your body you may not have already known! You might find you favor certain parts of your body over others, you might have challenges in exercises you thought would be no big deal, and you’ll learn about the power of your breath like never before! In your private session, you’ll find that it’s tailored exactly for you to meet the needs of your mind and body. And lastly, you’ll find that for an entire hour…you only focused on only yourself and your connection to your body, which is something we all need to practice more.

WellSet: How should someone expect to feel after a Pilates session?

LIPMAN: After your session, you will feel longer, lighter, and more connected to your body. You might find common aches are gone, and you may even have to adjust your rearview mirror in your car because you’ll be sitting up that much taller in the driver seat! On top of that, some next day or second-day soreness is typical but not always necessary. You did the beneficial work…whether you feel sore or not.

Conditions that Pilates can help ease:

Strength Training, Fitness, Weight, Balance, Posture, Energy, Circulation, Meditation