What is Pilates?

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of body conditioning developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates in the 1920s-1960s.  It consists of a series of mat (floor) exercises, plus exercises on the equipment invented by Joseph Pilates (Cadillac/Trapeze Table, Reformer, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Magic Circle).  The method has advanced significantly since its origin and Kansas City Ballet is proud to have teachers that are safe and effective at the forefront of science.

Who can take Pilates?
Anyone that can get down to a low surface can take a reformer class.  The equipment was designed to help rehabilitate infirmed prisoners of war, and although it is very effective,  it is also very gentle in nature.  In opposition, the Pilates equipment has a series of advanced exercises and concepts for the most elite movement artist or athlete.  This wide spectrum of fitness is what makes Pilates so effective and unique.  Kansas City Ballet Pilates is not just for dancers…it is for everyone!

What benefits will I get from doing Pilates?
Interestingly enough, there are a lot of exercises that are done lying down.  Sweating is not a major tenant and you can expect to leave class feeling taller and lighter.  Pilates is a mentally and physically challenging form of exercise that gets harder the more you practice to perfect it.  Muscular toning is to be expected in your waist, abdomen, gluteals, thighs, calves, and arms.   Flexibility increases are seen in hamstrings, hip flexors, calves, shoulders, spine and chest.  You can expect your posture to improve as your core strengthens and your body lengthens.  Although Pilates is not a cardiovascular exercise, it does follow more of the ‘slow burn’ type of movement that can be stimulatory to the metabolism.  People often notice changes in their clothing fitting simply due to learning how to properly breathe and use their abdominal muscles.

Why Kansas City Ballet Pilates?
Our secluded studio will allow you to feel comfortable whether you are a grandmother or prima ballerina.  All levels can be accommodated, as can injuries and special needs.  We have instructors that are at the top of their field with advanced degrees and national level presentations.

How do I get started?
In order to start taking classes, you need to begin with an Introductory Reformer Class or Private session. Once this is completed, you may start into the level 1 Reformer classes.

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