Created in the 1920’s by Joseph Pilates, the Pilates Method is an approach in mind and body integration. It emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness is order to support efficient, graceful movement.
There are 6 principles of Pilates: Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision and Concentration.
The Pilates method has always emphasized quality over quantity and do not include a lot of repetition for each move. Doing each exercise fully with precision yields significant results.
Pilates concentrates on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine. It’s also a valuable tool for increasing strength, definition, flexibility and proper posture.
Yoga aims to work the body and unite it with mind and spirit. Yoga focuses on flexibility and broad muscle groups and offers a more spiritual component aiming to help people find ‘harmony’.
No. Anyone can start Pilates at any level. It will be tailored to meet your individual requirements.
Ideally, 3 times a week. I suggest starting with one session and adding more sessions when you can.
One of Joseph Pilates famous quotes was “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference and in 30, you’ll have a new body”.
My thoughts are, if you are committed, you will typically see and feel a difference within one month.
Both are great and compliment one another. Mat is challenging because you have to control and challenge your body with just that, your body and mind. The Reformer is a great workout because you have the machine to either support you or, provide increased resistance by adding the springs to challenge specific areas of your body.