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Pilates is a disciplined physical system which was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century. Pilates is an amazing way to strengthen, stretch, align and balance your body. It is designed to give you suppleness and natural grace, transforming the way your body looks, feels and performs. Through a series of precise, controlled movements it targets all muscle groups in the body whilst working on posture, functionality and flexibility. It’s also one of the ultimate mindful training practices, aiding stress and anxiety relief through breathing exercises, which is one of the key principles of Pilates.
Practicing faithfully, you'll be able to perform arduous duties, to play strenuous games, to walk, run or travel for long distances without undue body fatigue or mental strain. These achievements, in turn, lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful and efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain. The Pilates method is versatile enough to be adapted for any level of fitness or ability.
Natallia started her journey in Belarus. With an inspirational background in Dance and Yoga, she graduated from university majoring in agriculture, before relocating to Barcelona, Spain and getting her Masters degree in Tourism Management. It was during these times that she found her true calling in Pilates, a life changing epiphany that led her away from any notion of working in the corporate world. In 2006 Natallia embarked on a new Journey beginning her Classical Peak Pilates studies. She went on to teach Pilates at boutique studios in Barcelona. Once have reached the highest level with Peak Pilates, she got certified by Pilates Mentod Alliance (PMA). In due course she was privileged to work with such luminaries as Mari Winsor, Kathryn Ross-Nash, and Anthony Rabara, Grand Master Teachers who were taught directly by Romana Kryzanowska. Natallia contiues taking Pilates sessions with Anthony Rabara to this day.
To date Natallia taught more than 10000 Pilates classes throughout Spain and the United States. Her passion for Pilates goes beyond the discipline itself. Pilates is "her way of life". This will be self evident, after you've met Natallia...
For the most part, people know Pilates from what they see at their local gym where it´s done on the floor using mats. Mat exercises are only part of the Pilates method. The main workout is performed on specialized spring-based apparatus. The most common one is the Universal Reformer. Training on the Reformer is focused on an eccentric muscle contraction, which is one of the keys to achieving a sleek, toned, long appearance with strong muscles without bulk for which Pilates is known. Pilates forces you to fire up deep intrinsic muscles like the multifidus, which runs the length of and surrounds your spine, and the transverse abdominis, which is essentially your body's natural girdle. Although Pilates is specifically defined as exercise for the core or abdominal muscles, it is important to know that the core includes the entire trunk, which is the abdominals, the hips, the inner and outer thighs, and the back. So expect a workout that works your entire body. Once you have a strong core, you put less pressure on the joints and bones when you move, because you are moving from your center. Balance is improved and weight and force are distributed more evenly as you perform daily activities.
In the original, Classical Pilates method there is a sequence to the work. The sequence builds intelligently with foundational exercises at the beginning and more complex exercises as you gain strength and control. In Pilates, unlike many systems of exercise, quality is emphasized over quantity: each exercise includes a prescribed amount of repetitions. Doing each exercise fully, with precision, yields significant long lasting results.
There are endless adaptations of Pilates currently offered at studios and gyms, but Classical Pilates is considered to be the practice in its truest form. If you’re looking for authenticity, this might be where you want to start.
Natallia is an excellent classically trained instructor.
When I began my search for a Pilates facility, I made a study of the various Pilates establishments in the northwestern part of New Jersey and it quickly became clear that her studio and her methods of teaching stood out.
Perhaps most important is her manner of presentation of the fine points of the Pilates method at a very high standard.
I have had Pilates sessions with Natallia on the Reformer for over a year. My health improvements amaze my Doctor. Natallia is very serious about her training. She named the business appropriately. (Right way). This works for me since it gives me goals to achieve. I also find that she tailors the exercise to each client based on their ability and disability. This is important because you can see your improvement as the exercises become more difficult.
No impact, no strain, no gasping for breath, however I notice improvement in the way I feel, move and look after every session. I have always worked out in some form. Wish I had tried Pilates earlier.
Natallia is altogether a rigorous professional and an empathic Pilates instructor. Her voice invites you within each Pilates movement, caring for the correct body position and always pushing a bit father. She's been my instructor before and after my pregnancy: a delight and strong support to recover my body shape as I was looking for it.
Becoming a Pilates instructor takes time, commitment and money. There is no doubt about that. Many people make the mistake of lumping it together with general ‘group fitness.’ Group fitness instructors can be certified in one weekend, for a reputable Pilates certification that’s not the case. Classically trained Pilates instructor is not teaching a set choreographed class and will modify the workout to your needs. She will, before you even arrive, consider who is in her class and what she thinks they need, what they are ready for, and what may be too challenging.
To be a PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) Certified Pilates Instructor, you need to have a minimum of 450 hours of practice (compared to 8 for the TRX or Barre program). You need to demonstrate that you are proficient on all of the equipment, have a working knowledge of anatomy as well as special populations, and sit for a lengthy exam. That's the minimum. Many instructors seek out continuing education as well to specialize in areas of interest like prenatal and post-partum Pilates or Pilates for neurological conditions. PMA Certified Pilates Instructors are required to accrue 16 hours of approved continuing education every 2 years. Why - because the Pilates industry wants to guarantee their instructors keep learning and continue to be at the highest level. Additionally, serious instructors train regularly and continuously under a watchful eye of the Masters, as there is always room for growth, improvement and perfection.
In Pilates session with classically trained teachers you have the use of specialized and very expensive Pilates apparatus made by Gratz, Pilates Designs.
At the end of the day - you get what you pay for and with Pilates, you may pay a bit more but you also get a whole lot more! By no means is this meant to bash other group classes or barre classes but there's no comparison to Pilates classes with Classically trained Pilates Instructor. They are just not the same! You can get a good workout many ways. Classical Pilates, however, offers much more than just a good workout.
The introductory first time session is an excellent way to either experience authentic Pilates for the first time, or for someone a little out of practice. The first time initial session also will help as an introduction to our studio and our teaching style in a beautiful home styled environment that is comfortable and private.
45 min introductory session is completely private.
One on one teaching on all apparatus completely private
Semi-private session where you and your partner can enjoy Pilates together. Please note that we do no provide a partner.
What to wear in Pilates class?
Indeed, Pilates classes come with many benefits and are very worthy of devoting your time and energy. If you want to get the most out of your classes be sure you choose attire that is suitable for this type of exercise. Please, keep your attire simple. These tips can help ensure you're dressed for Pilates success:
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