Pilates is a series of exercises that strengthens and stabilizes the abdominal and lower back muscles, also known as the core, to free up the joints of the limbs to move more efficiently. The philosophy of Pilates focuses on six main principles: centering, control, concentration, precision, breathing, and flow of movement.
In our group classes in RITWW we concentrate on pelvic, shoulder, girdle, rib cage, and cervical placement. As you work through a flowing series of exercises, you gain self-awareness of where all of these parts of the body are located and how they work. Then we focus on controlling each of these body parts by strengthening the core muscles.
Our movement specialists incorporate the principles of Pilates into our individualized sessions. After a client has achieved sufficient progress, we offer the opportunity to enroll in intimate group classes at different levels, limited to 5-6 people. These classes are designed to continue resistive equipment training and increase the patient’s overall fitness level. A wide range of Pilates classes are offered for patients with back and neck pain, older patients trying to maintain endurance and flexibility, and advanced classes for anyone interested in their overall fitness.