What are your goals? What makes you want to improve yourself? I’ll ask politely that it not be to chisel your body, to try and look like a supermodel, or to focus on losing weight; Pilates could potentially assist in doing those things, but it’s really about something deeper than just outward appearance. I think most of us go to the gym or for a run or a walk so that we feel better in mind, body and spirit.

I walked into Pilates for the first time more than two years ago because my body was so, so tired. I didn’t have any strength. I was thin, for the most part, but lacked energy and strength to get through a day with two babies without pain or fatigue. I desperately needed to feel better, and I knew if I took better care of myself I would attain that goal. Pilates changed my body and increased my well being so much that I became an instructor in order to share that gift with you.

Outward appearance goals were never the intention of Joseph Pilates. His intention with this method of exercise was function and health–that the body could do all of the things asked of it in day to day life. He was frustrated with fad fitness and marketing of fitness just as much as we likely are today; Pilates is not those things. It comes with myriad benefits that start from the inside and move outward over time.

Our movement (and I mean daily movement, tasks, challenges we face bodily) should operate from a strong body and mind. We desperately need strength, control, alignment, balance, and flexibility. Pilates works toward all of that in every session, including a strong mind-body connection that will help you feel refreshed.

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If you haven’t tried Pilates, read on. Joseph Pilates said a great number of wonderful things, but this quote from his book Return to Life is why I do Pilates:

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure. To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limit of our ability.

So give it a shot. Come to the studio and learn to move your body into health.