A Little History...
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates, a gymnast and boxer, who was born in Germany in 1880 and had a lifelong interest in body conditioning. He was living in England at the outbreak of War War I, and his German citizenship led to his imprisonment in a British internment camp along with other German nationals as enemy aliens. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, this was a fundamental time in the development of his method. At the British internment camp, Joseph taught his exercises to fellow compatriots and developed the first concepts for his innovative machines by disassembling the camp bunk beds and using the springs as a form of resistance to rehabilitate the injured and bed-ridden. The doctors noticed that patients who practiced Pilates improved faster than those who did not. The 1918 influenza pandemic hit and decimated populations all over the world, however, it is told that the inmates that followed Joseph’s routine survived due to their good health. This spring-based apparatus became the first "machine" Pilates developed. This system, combined with Mat work, formed the foundation of his method. The first official Pilates studio was set up in New York City in 1926. At first practiced mainly by dancers and elite athletes, it has been enthusiastically adopted by the sports and fitness world as well.
What Will Pilates Do for Me?
Pilates is a rigorous workout focusing on the core region of the body. It results in long and strong muscles and an overall awareness. With detailed cues from an instructor, you become aware of the deep muscles that are not generally used. Pilates also corrects structural imbalances, thus making it beneficial to everyday movement.
Over a committed period of time, Pilates can change the shape of the body and improve posture. The workouts consists of a series of exercises using specialized equipment as well as mat work. Pilates can also be used for rehabilitation and prevention of injuries.
When executed correctly Pilates:
- Corrects postural problems
- Increases core strength/stability
- Creates freedom of movement
- Enhances balance, strength, and flexibility
- Heightens body awareness
- Compliments other methods of exercises/sports performance
- Improves coordination and circulation
- Prevents injuries
- Develops longer & leaner muscles
- Flattens, tones and strengthen the abdominal area
WHAT will kim's expertise do for me?
With backgrounds in dance, martial arts, surfing and Pilates, Kim is an avid mover and loves to stay on the cutting edge of health and fitness!
Her 20 years of Pilates teaching experience provides clients with comprehensive training in a precise, fun and creative style.
Kim’s teaching exudes a serious but playful nature, so whether you’re a serious Pilates geek or a weekend warrior, Kim will match your focus.
Kim integrates different movement forms and styles such as Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) and Feldenkrais; her extra trainings enable her to customize a Pilates session exactly for your body and needs.
Kim specializes in working with those that have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) or Parkinson’s Disease. If you have physical challenges, she can work with you to ensure that the Pilates exercises are appropriate and strength-building.
In this video, Kim teaches the Long Stretch Series on the Reformer, which includes Long Stretch, Down Stretch, Up Stretch, Elephant and Long Back Stretch. At the end, Kim also shows how you can adapt these classical Pilates exercises so you can practice them at home.