The many benefits of Mat Pilates ~
offered Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30 am
Mat Pilates classes are perfect for those who want to try a toning class that is also gentle on the joints.
What to expect
When you show up for your first class, make sure to bring a water and grip socks (while some studios allow the option to go barefoot, grip socks can often aid in helping you balance during difficult positions), and avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing. We provide mats, but you may want to invest in your own.
Physical benefits of mat Pilates
Generally, the goal of a mat Pilates class is to strengthen the body’s “powerhouse,” a Pilates term that refers to your abdominals, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, hips and glutes. Through a series of floor exercises using resistance bands and rings, the workout helps build, sculpt and tone these muscles, giving your body a long, lean look. Pilates can aid in flexibility and improving posture, as stretching your body is a vital part of class. While low-impact, Pilates burns fat during and after class, as your muscles continue to shed calories long after class ends.
Mental benefits of mat Pilates
As your instructor will be quick to remind you, focusing on your breathing plays a major role in Pilates. Encouraging you to breathe from your belly instead of your chest, Pilates connects your breath to the exercise, allowing that influx of oxygen to better complete each movement. Since you are concentrating so strongly on breathing deeply, the mind can benefit from mindfulness, relaxation and stress reduction during and after class.
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