The Pilates Center Rhinebeck – Where the wisdom of Joseph Pilates’ original method is enhanced by a modern knowledge of body mechanics, and where you’ll receive experienced, one-on-one, attention from credentialed instructors – even in group classes!
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, in 1883. Pilates developed a system of exercises during the first half of the 20th century which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. He firmly believed that mental and physical health are interrelated. The first generation of students, many of them dancers, who studied with Joseph Pilates and went on to open studios and teach the method are collectively known as “The Elders” and the most prominent include: Romana Kryzanowska, Kathy Grant, Jay Grimes, Ron Fletcher, Maja Wollman, Mary Bowen, Carola Treir, Bob Seed, Eve Gentry, Bruce King, and Lolita San Miguel.
The Pilates Method works the body as a whole, emphasizing body alignment and correct breathing. Better posture is achieved by building core strength and improving flexibility in a balanced way throughout the body. The support created by the body’s core muscles or “powerhouse”, flows outward to the extremities, making every Pilates exercise a full-body workout. Classes focus on the use of correct form to create a body/mind connection. Each session is highly supervised. Students receive personalized feedback, with suggestions on how to improve form, as well as ways to modify exercises to suit the individual.
While coordinating the breath and the flow of movement, a body-mind connection is created that helps to create balance within the body. Pilates exercises the body as a whole, just as people do in daily activities. Better posture is achieved by building strength and flexibility in a balanced way throughout the body. The stability created by engaging the “powerhouse” allows movement to flow freely, and with less strain. The focus is on form, not just execution, thereby creating new movement patterns as well as increasing strength and flexibility. This body-mind connection will enhance the movement of your daily life, and create better posture. Learning to work the body in this balanced way will result in new strengths appearing, while old habits and issues disappear.
The Pilates Center’s certified, credentialed instructors tailor the principles of the Pilates Method to suit each student’s unique health and fitness needs. Whether in a private lesson or group setting, our supervised program continually ensures your workouts meet your changing needs and strengths.