Long before Pilates
was known to the general public, dancers were the first to discover it. Legendary choreographers in dance
such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine were among the first of Joseph Pilates’ most devoted clients.
Important components of any dancer is strength, flexibility, posture
and agility. Muscular endurance is also key. Pilates exercises emphasize on them. Pilates
results in a strengthening of the upper body that enhances a dancer’s balance, alignment of the extremities and better
posture while still or turning, and other spinal muscle alignments. Pilates is also good for lower body extremities
such as the legs, ankles and feet that play a key role in any form of dance. Of course, all of the exercises
center on the core and helps dancers find their center.
Pilates increases the level of alertness of the body while moving in space and leaves
the mind more relaxed and in much better control . At the same time, it leaves your body and mind in a state
of feeling revived and focused. The mind-body awareness of all muscles involved at every
moment are taken into account while maintaining balance and agility.
A dancer’s body
can wear out if under prolonged stress. The body is continually overworked and the mind has to keep up, maintaining balance
and control. The long hours, sore feet and the strain placed on the body from continuous working of the joints and muscles
can take its toll, as well as the competitiveness of the field. If the body continues to be stressed and
overworked, it can be a pre-requisite to injury.
If you already have a dance injury, Pilates can also rehabilitate the injured area. It can help increase
your turnout, high extension, your arch and your pointe. Our bodies are unique. Each
private session with Barbara is focused on your body and your needs in a non-competitive
environment. Pilates programming will help you to achieve your goals! It’s
not just exercise!
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