West Coast Pilates and Fitness
Q & A

Why Pilates?
Even if you practice yoga or exercise regularly, Pilates takes you to a whole new level by working your core muscles - the deep abdominal muscles that support the spine.  This is essential for strength and flexibility.  In fact, a Pilates practice has shown tremendous results in providing relief from chronic back pain, where other methods have failed.  A system of movement and strengthening, Pilates promotes full breath, healthy joint articulation and stability in the important core muscles of the body.

Who was Pilates?
German born Joseph Pilates was a sportsman who developed talents in diving, boxing and gymnastics.  He studied several disciplines including yoga and martial arts and drew from each of them creating a system he called "Controlology."  He moved to New York in 1920 where his studio attracted the city's elite dancers, actors and athletes.  They found that his methods perfected and complemented their individual needs.  They could build muscle without bulk.  Their work in achieving flexibility along with the muscular strength proved to be the perfect harmony. Joseph's techniques have also been applied to other sports including: golf, tennis and skiing. Athletes participating in these sports benefit from pilates by strengthening specific isolated muscles and stretching exercises to alleviate strain and injury.

How long before I start to see results?
In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference, after 20, you will see the difference and after 30 you'll have a new body.

Can I do Pilates while pregnant and after birth?
Pilates is safe for expectant mothers, if they are healthy.  It helps the body reduce discomfort and recover quickly after birth.  Postpartum, Pilates rebalances the muscles, particularly those of the spine and lower abdomen.

Can men benefit from Pilates?
Pilates is great for men.  Men generally suffer from tight hamstrings, which leads to lower back and posture problems.  They also store body fat in the abdomen.  Pilates increases flexibility in all muscles, particularly the hamstrings.

Why does Pilates use springs?
Spring resistance mimics the actions of the muscle, providing more resistance as the muscles works harder.  Tendons and ligaments are under less strain, but muscles are still strengthened.


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310-351-1464 or
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