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Stronger, faster, better balance, more flexibility, fewer injuries, faster recovery from the injuries that you already have — That all adds up to better performance, regardless of your sport. We can help you with that.
Romana Kryzanowska, Joe Pilates' protege, aptly defines Pilates in three simple words: Stretch, Strength and Control. Those three elements are in each and every move of each and every Pilates workout.
The truth is that you probably already have a fair amount of strength, what aren't as likely to have is and optimal coordination of that strength. Pilates gets your muscles coordinated at a deeper level, enabling you to perform amazing feats of strength in a very short amount of time. Pilates puts the muscle that you already have to optimal use rather than piling on more ineffective and unnecessary bulk. Less bulk and enhanced internal coordination yield greater speed.
Increased flexibility goes hand in hand with a Pilates practice, and yet there is so much more to it. The Pilates way of stretching is not painful, nor is it depleting. Pilates shapes the muscles to be longer, leaner, and more supple. Gaining more flexibilty feels great, not painful!
Aside from gaining better control over the hips and trunk, which will inevitably improve balance, Pilates will give you a sense of physical empowerment and confidence which has a positive effect on all aspects of your life – on the field and off. When you are calling on yourself to perform optimally as an athlete, Pilates training reveals it's incredible pay-off.
Preventing injuries and tending to them are really two sides of the same coin. Injuries are our best teachers because they reveal the weak links in our "chains of strength". Tending to them, calls upon our sense of body awareness and control which always leads to "aha" moments in a lesson.
When your body is functioning optimally, you move with grace and control. Your intention and your reality are one and the same. What we call optimal body conditioning today, Joe Pilates called Normal!
Apply Pilates to your body with dedication and just the right amount of effort (no need to overdo it), and find the new meaning of a body optimized for sport!