You have probably heard someone talking about the benefits of Pilates. It is the system of strengthening and stretching exercises developed by Joseph Pilates (puh-LAH-teez). The exercises are designed to develop the body’s core muscle strength, mobilize the spine and build flexibility and stability throughout the body. It is hoped that by your participation in Pilates classes at Melrose Recovery Center you will see improvement in your range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, and abdominal strength.

As one celebrity Pilates teacher said, “It is an education in body awareness. It teaches you how to train your mind and build symmetry and coordination in the body…when you get control of the little things, that’s practicing willpower.” For this reason we encourage those who are recovering from substance abuse to try out our Pilates classes.

Participating in Pilates requires concentration, deep stretching and focused breathing. It trains the body as an integrated whole. Workouts promote strength, balanced muscle development, flexibility and increased range of motion that will benefit your joints. Pilates training focuses on core strength or the strength and toning of muscles in the torso or abdomen.

While attention is given to core support and full body fitness, coordinating breathing and focusing the mind to concentrate on the movement of the exercises are also encouraged. Pilates provides a level of integrated fitness that is hard to match with other types of exercise programs. Because of this Pilates provides a great foundation for any kind of movement or other physical activities in which you are involved.

Pilates can be adapted to all levels of fitness and our workouts are tailored to meet individual needs, no matter what your current level of fitness, beginner to elite athlete.

Long, lean muscles are the development goal. You will be building toned muscles throughout the body, with special emphasis on your core. The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and the pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support our backs, give us good posture and efficient movement.

When the core is strong your body’s frame is supported. Your neck and your shoulders will begin to relax and the rest of your muscles and joints can perform as they are designed to perform, not trying to support an unfit core. A strong core also maintains good posture. You will see an improvement in your posture, with greater relaxation.

Pilates trains the body to express itself with strength and harmony. Join us for classes no matter what your level of fitness; get started on the new you! Call today, (855) 512-5033.