PROGRESSIVE PILATES DEFINED
Pilates is a system of exercises created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century that focuses on core strengthening, correct breathing, precision of movement, and accurate biomechanics and alignment. Pilates has been proven to benefit not only your physical body, but also your overall mental and physical health. The exercises create long and lean muscles, a strong abdominal center, and great posture. Practicing Pilates regularly will improve your energy level, create strength and flexibility, reduce tension and pain, and relax your mind.
The Progressive Pilates Approach
With respect to Joseph Pilates and his early vision and methods, the practitioners at Progressive Pilates Williamsburg incorporate a contemporary knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics into a unique and creative Pilates program. Each practitioner exhibits a keen perception and a sensitivity that allows for a full evaluation of a client’s postural alignment, constructing a personalized session based on the client’s own goals and somatic needs. Clients will then be guided through exercises that strengthen their weaker muscles, release their tighter muscles, and lengthen their shorter muscles.
PPW practitioners may also incorporate therapeutic work into their sessions if a client has pain or muscular dysfunction, and are trained in body release techniques that can manipulate soft connective tissues and myofascial planes. In addition to Pilates, the PPW practitioners are all well trained and experienced in various somatic and holistic modalities including Ballet and Modern Dance, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Nutrition and Holistic Health Counseling, Marathon Running, Yoga and Meditation, and Neurosomatic Therapy.
After your first Progressive Pilates session you can expect to feel a heightened awareness of your muscles and your alignment. You will leave the studio feeling longer and stronger, more energized, and centered. If you tend to carry stress in certain parts of your body, you will develop an ability to breath correctly which will enable the body to unlock areas of habitual holding. After 10 or so sessions, you will look and feel noticeably different to others and will probably get asked by your friends what you are doing differently in your life to look so good! And after 50 sessions at PPW, you will be able to delve even deeper into your practice, continuing to rebalance and condition your body with more advanced exercises, creating more freedom in movement and in your life.
Here are a few questions and answers to help you decide if Progressive Pilates Williamsburg is a good match for you.
Is Pilates Right for me?
If you are an exercise novice, an athlete, a lawyer, a circus performer, an expectant mother, a mother of 3, a waitress, a firefighter, a borough President, a father, a film-maker, a dancer, or any other, Pilates is right for you.
What if I have an injury that prevents me from doing certain movements?
Then Progressive Pilates is exactly what you need. All of the PPW practitioners are experienced in Rehabilitative Pilates and have trained in courses in biomechanics and anatomy including Scoliosis, Sciatica, the Psoas Muscle, the Sacro-Iliac Joint, and more. We have a comprehensive understanding of dysfunctions and special issues such as fibromyalgia, hip dysplasia, broken, herniated, and bulging discs, tennis elbow, Iliotibial band syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, and many others.
We recommend you first see your doctor and obtain approval before you begin any exercise progam.
How often should I do Progressive Pilates?
You can safely do Progressive Pilates everyday, but we recommend our clients do a minimum of one session per week in order to fully connect to and understand the principles.