Pilates (The Pilates Method) is a physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates wrote at least two books about the Pilates method: Return to Life through Contrology and Your Health: A Corrective System of Exercising That Revolutionizes the Entire Field of Physical Education.
Pilates called his method Contrology, which refers to the way the method encourages the use of the mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso muscles, which are important to help alleviate and prevent back pain.
At Happy Hour we offer Reformer, Tower, Jumpboard, and Gentle Reformer classes. We also add free Beginner Reformer classes throughout the year. We have eight machines and six wonderful instructors. If you’ve never tried it, your first class at Happy Hour is free. Just let the instructor know it’s your first time and she’ll take some extra time with you before and during class. If you’d rather start with one-on-one attention, private lessons are available as well. We also have pilates group classes as well. A few of our classes have waiting lists because of the restricted number of machines, but quite often these classes open up, so don’t let the waiting list scare you away. However, if you sign up for a class and can’t make it, you must cancel so someone else can get it! We’d love to see in one of our classes…come and give it a try!