I love Pilates because it has made me more aware of my body and how it works. I have come in with severe back pain thinking I should cancel my lesson but then Angelique helps me stretch and loosen my back so I can walk without pain. I feel like Pilates is one of the positive things I can do for my body that does so much for me. I would advise everyone to try Pilates.
I look forward to every lesson, and can’t believe how quickly an hour can go by. I walk out of there feeling refreshed, taller and relaxed.
I was always intrigued by Pilates. When my back pain was interfering with my life, I decided I give it a try. I knew from my first hour of instruction that it would cure me. And it has. As long as I attend class regularly, I am pain free and feeling strong and tall.
I love that in every class I learn techniques and information which I apply in my daily life.
I am hooked!
Thank you, Pilates. Thank you, Angelique!
I have enjoyed doing Pilates with Angelique for the past 5 years. In this time, Angelique has guided me from a beginner to having a real appreciation of how to move with control and stability. Angelique is a fantastic instructor and she has patiently worked with me to build mystrength and confidence.
I am happy to say that Angelique and Pilates have truly made a difference in my life. They have taught me that doing the best you can for yourself is your most important accomplishment. I always look forward to my time with Angelique and maintaining my commitment to do something for myself. At the end of my session, I feel both drained and energized, and look forward to the next date with myself and Angelique!
Pilates is a systematic form of exercise that unites the body and mind, emphasizing core strength, stability and conditioning, utilizing the principles of breathing, balance, concentration, focus, flow, precision and control, Exercises can be performed on a mat or with equipment, in a group or private / semi-private setting. Sessions are typically an hour. In mat work, you are using primarily your own body weight as resistance to perform the movements. Equipment work is based on spring tension used as resistance.
Pilates is known to improve posture, correct alignment, increase flexibility, develop muscle tone, relieve stress and condition the core. Pilates aims to work all parts of the body, enhancing the mind / body connection.
The GYROTONIC® Method is an equipment based workout which utilizes a variety of apparatus. The GYROTONIC® Method focuses on fluidity and breath and produces movement that is elegant and functional. The nature of the equipment allows for constant and smooth three dimensional movement. Each movement of the body has a corresponding breathing pattern that stimulates the nervous system, opens up the energy pathways and oxygenates the blood.
The GYROKINESIS® Method focuses on the same principles of the GYROTONIC® Method, but without the equipment. Typical class format begins with participants seated on a stool performing natural movements of the spine. The second half of the class is done on the floor. Sessions embody a dance-like flow and draws influences from dance, yoga, tai-chi, gymnastics and swimming.
The GYROTONIC® Method and the GYROKINESIS® Method are modalities of exercise designed to enrich the health and vitality of the spine through three dimensional movement and supported and unrestricted range of motion through the joints. The movements in the GYROTONIC® Expansion System help to produce clearer body awareness, improved symmetry, increased flexibility and an increase of space of the joints and decompression of the spine.
Pilates can often help to alleviate or lesson the symptoms of a multitude of conditions such as lower back pain, scoliosis, frozen shoulder and wrist pain . It can also be used as a transition from physical therapy for those rehabilitating from surgery or injury as the work involves little to no impact on joints and stresses proper form and body mechanics. Individuals who suffer from conditions such as low back pain, knee problems and hip pain have found relief and sometimes cessation of pain from their ailments with regular practice of the GYROTONIC® Method.
It is recommended that clients with injury or chronic conditions work with an instructor one on one prior to joining group classes so that they may learn to work safely and apply the proper modifications to exercises while in a group setting.