About Pilates

IMG_20160802_123520889Welcome to Joyful Fitness Pilates Studio! Whether you are recovering from an injury, wanting to lose weight, curious about Pilates, looking for some movement and ‘you’ time, or needing to get strong and/or flexible, my peaceful, intimate studio is the place for you.

Pilates meets you at your level of fitness and is a functional exercise system. What exactly does that mean, you say? Well…

If you are short, thin, tall, overweight, in pain, damaged, strong, flexible, or anywhere in between, Pilates will help you meet your health goals. It is a modifiable system of exercise for every body which starts by correcting your alignment. Well, how boring does that sound in writing? Pretty boring, I agree. But when you feel and see the changes in how your body functions, when your energy level rises and you feel 10 feet taller and stronger, then you will find it exciting. Like most things, it’s the experience that counts!

Pilates incorporates special equipment developed by Joseph Pilates as well as a series of mat exercises so that the exercises are accessible to everyone and can be done at home as well.

A functional system means that Pilates trains your body to be better at daily life activities, improving your quality of life. Pilates will of course help you in your sports and other movement practices but Pilates was designed to counteract the age of stiffness from sitting in chairs and cars all day. Your body will learn to move joyfully in all planes of movement.

Pilates can also help people who have issues such as:

  • Scoliosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hyper-mobility
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Lower back pain
  • Osteoporosis

At your first session, I will chat with you about your goals, do a quick posture analysis, and then you’ll begin to move through learning the 5 principles – breathing, neutral pelvis, scapular position, cervical spine movement and rib cage position. These principles ensure that you know why you are doing each exercise and it is my job to make sure you are doing the work correctly so that you get the most out of the session. And though we work hard, we play hard too! Students of Pilates really need that second pair of eyes on their body when first starting to learn because your body will easily revert back to its comfortable patterns so we will work as a team to retrain your body to new healthy movement patterns.

If you’re new to Pilates and you’re a little nervous about trying it – good! You are moving out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to grow. That’s what life is about  – learning and growth through experience. Sign up for a class and start changing your body, and your mind!

Book your first session online now!

“Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakeably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work. It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” -Joseph Pilates

One thought on “About Pilates

  1. Laura Bargren

    Hi! I am 46 & have never done Pilates, but have wanted to try. I have Lupus SLE. I’d love to get in for a consult. I’m looking for a mindful stuido that won’t break the bank:)


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