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ABOUT PILATES


Pilates Method

The human body is remarkable. Balance and rhythm of movement is only achieved when inner stress is absent. Joseph Pilates said it best:

"A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living."
Joseph H. Pilates

To achieve purposful movement, several key elements must be present... location, direction, and the intent to move. For instance, you are about to perform a movement, you locate the moving part of your body, determine the direction, and give it the positive emotional charge to get there. It is then accomplished with ease and control. With attention and awareness, movement during daily activity becomes intentional, functional, and pain free. The mind guides the body.

Joseph Pilates studied physics, mathematics, and ancient Eastern philosophies to realize what we practice today. Pilates became a remarkable healer using his intuition and applying his meticulous studies. He isolated six key principles in his work:

  • Centering
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Breath
  • Flow

These words describe his method of exercise: intelligent movement with purpose, guided by the mind, and performed with determination, ease, and rhythm; and they describe one excercise: how the parts come together to accomplish a movement progression smoothly. Pilates excercises are proformed with attention to center, or core of the body. The pelvis, which is the center, has the responsibility to bear the greatest weight and distribute it. Each movement is guided by the concentrated mind with precision and control, a minimum of movement. The breath gives movement life, and each move is realized with ease, flow, and vigorous dynamics.

The Pilates method is built upon a foundation. Building blocks of the method start with basic moves and concepts. Once these are understood, one slowly progresses to more intermediate level work. After mastery, advanced techniques an variations are introduced.

How Much are Pilates Mat Classes?

At Troupe Cabana Studio we make it easy. Our Pilates classes are $10 at the door. You can come anytime you want, no contract, no problem.

If you want to save money, or force yourself to be committed, we offer a 10-punch card for $40, which make each Zumba class (1 punch) $4.00 and each Pilates class (2 punches) $8.00. The 10-punch card is valid for two months. Bring it with you and we punch the card for each class you take. You can even use it to pay for friends or family you want to bring.

We also offer an Unlimited Monthly Card for $90. With it, you can attend as many classes as you want during the month printed on the card. This includes Zumba, Zumba Toning and Pilates classes. The card is not transferable and only good for one person. This is a great money saver if you plan to attend a lot of classes.

It's all up to you. No pressure.

What should you bring to Class?

A floor mat designed for exercise is essential. You can borrow one of our studio mats for your first class, but we highly recommend you purchase your own mat. Mat thickness is up to the individual. Most of our students have found that they prefer the slightly thicker of the two general mats sold in the sports department or specialty stores. You will use your mat throughout the class. You should also bring bottled water. We will provide a resistance band to use during the class time. Other optional items will be discussed in class.