541-552-9115Ashland Private Pilates is a relationship between instructor and student. Learning Pure Classical Pilates takes place in a private lesson, duet lessons, trio lessons or a small Mat workout of 5 or 8 students, sometimes less. Workouts on the Wall Unit (1/2 Cadillac apparatus), Studio Reformer and Wunda Chair (all Balanced Body apparatus) with careful instruction from a traditional instructor, Tina Clark, provides the student guidance, as well as hands-on physical assistance. This is the traditional way Joseph Pilates intended his craft to be taught.Pilates (pronounced /pɨˈlɑːtiːz/) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates in Germany. As of 2005 there are 11 million people who practice the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.Pilates called his method Contrology (from control and Greek -λογία, -logia), because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.This is a technique invented 70 years ago by Joseph H. Pilates during the 1920s which focuses on improving flexibility and strength for the overall body, but doesn’t build bulk.More than just exercise, Pilates is a series of controlled movements to engage one’s body and mind.The primary focus is on awareness of the spine, proper breathing, core strength and flexibility. The outcome of Pilates training is a balanced body which is strong and supple, flat stomach, balanced legs, and a strong back.Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, coordination-both muscular and mental, are key components in an effective Pilates program. Posture, balance, and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity spills over into other areas of one’s life.Benefits of Pilates* Promotes physical harmony for people of all ages and conditions.* Can help speed recovery of soft tissue injuries.* Helps develop proper breathing and body alignment.* Improve concentration.* Improves postural problems.* Helps prevent injury.* Improve strength, flexibility and balance.* Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk.* Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core.* Engage the mind and enhance body awareness.* Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury.* Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching.* Restore postural alignment.* Create a stronger, more flexible spine.* Promote recovery from strain or injury.* Increase joint range of motion.* Improve circulation.* Heighten neuromuscular coordination.* Offer relief from back pain and joint stress.* Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury.* Enhance mobility, agility and stamina.* Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity.* Improve the way your body looks and feels.Call for an individual consultation and decide if Pilates is for YOU! 541-552-9115 Tina Clark will be happy to help you.