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Pilates:

Pilates movement places its focus on the body’s core.
It’s more precise movements rather than a lot of repetitions of an exercise. It adds heightened body awareness and control because the mind engages the body during movement. Controlled breathing accompanies the movement.

Pilates teaches balance and control of the body and mind, strengthens bone density while improving muscle strength, flexibility and posture.

Pilates gives more support to your spine, creating space between each vertebra. That extra space makes you appear taller, and creates more mobility, transforming your spine from a stiff rod into a supple string of pearls. This new suppleness prevents degenerative spinal problems, such as slipped disks. It also helps you move with more grace and ease.
Anyone can do it!

-Improve Balance and Coordination
-Ease Pain and Stiffness
-Give more support to your spine
-No bouncing, jarring, or stress to the body
-Ideal for those with joint pain or muscle weakness

 Crystal Manjarres
If you’re out of shape, Pilates provides a wonderful way to ease into any kind of fitness plan. Pilates puts no stress on your joints and no wear tear on your ligaments and cartilage around your joints, especially your knee and shoulder joints. You can safely do Pilates every day without overstressing your muscles or joints. To see results, however, you need to do Pilates at least three times a week. Consistency is the key.

Pilates helps quiet your mind and improve your nervous system. Breathing properly oxygenates the entire body and cleanses it of impurities. Each workout will leave you feeling calm, balanced, and rejuvenated.


Crystal Manjarres
In your 40’s, balance starts to deteriorate as your muscles weaken and your nerve receptors lose sensitivity. Pilates reverses this aging process by stabilizing your core. Pilates works the small, deep muscles needed to keep your body steady when walking and your spine both supple and strong.

Q. What is the difference between STOTT PILATES* and other Pilates techniques?

A. Unlike the original series of exercises, STOTT PILATES incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and performance enhancement. For example, unlike the original approach, which promotes a flat back, STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. They also place more emphasis on scapular stabilization. As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modifications to make the method safer and more effective. 

Frequently asked Questions:
Protect yourself from injury:
Years of one type of fitness training or habitual movement patterns such as a "one-sided golf swing", can create muscular imbalances, even for professional athletes and dancers. 

Stronger muscles continually compensate for weaker muscles causing misalignments in the body and leaving the body more susceptible to injury. 

To realign the body and prevent injury, care must be taken to develop both the core muscles of the body responsible for proper alignment as well as those muscles particular to each individual which have become weak over the years. 

I have been trained to fully address the needs of each client helping them to balance their bodies in a functional manner.


Q.  What kind of results can I expect to see from doing STOTT PILATES*?

A. You can expect an increase in flexibility, mobility, balance, and body awareness, as well as a decrease in back pain/other general pains.

Q. How long will I have to do the workout before I see results?

A. The average active person, doing 2-3 sessions per week should see some results within 10-12 sessions. This will vary depending on each individual and things such as the number of sessions a person takes each week, whether they participate in other physical activities, and whether they have any existing injuries.

Q. What are the benefits of Pilates?

A.
* longer, leaner muscles
* improves postural problems
* increases core strength/stability and  
   peripheral mobility
* helps prevent injury
* enhances ease of movement
* balances strength & flexibility
* no-impact - easy on the joints
* complements other exercises
* improves balance, coordination & 
   circulation
Crystal Manjarres