Pilates will train and condition the body from the inside out increasing your balance, strength and flexibility. The work will help you to become aware not only of what you are doing but how you are doing it; taking time to feel the length and placement of the skeletal system in space to make each movement as efficient and effective as possible. This will lead to feeling a greater freedom in all movement, and an increased sense of one’s ‘whole self’. ‘Posture’ is taught as a dynamic, changing movement of the skeletal system.
The eight principles of Pilates (based on the work of Joseph Pilates) are combined beautifully with the nine essentials for learning based on The Anat Baniel Method.
Anat Baniel Method Essentials
- Movement with Attention
- Using the Learning Switch
- Flexible Goals
Concentration: All exercises begin in the mind, using visualization and imagery as a tool to link the mind and body.
Control: Physical movement is first controlled by the mind. Each exercise is executed with control and without momentum.
Centering: All movement comes from the center.
Breath: Breath oxygenates the blood and reinforces the mind/body connection.
Flow: All exercise should be performed gracefully, with fluidity.
Precision: By concentrating on the movement, one can coordinate movement with breath, improve control and increase kinesthetic awareness.
Relaxation: Moving without tension creates more body awareness and concentration.
Stamina: Exercises are designed to improve muscle endurance.
Each session is customized to the client’s particular needs. Using the skeletal system as the focal point, the client is guided through movements with and without the use of Pilate’s equipment. The atmosphere is one of ‘learning’ as much as ‘doing’ movement. Emphasis is on the use of the ‘whole self’, the ‘weighting of the bones’ and being aware of what is being done and how it is being accomplished.
Come prepared to learn and DO Pilates based movements on the mat. No two sessions are alike! Emphasis is on utilizing breathing, weighting of the bones and using the ‘whole self’ to enhance the workout. Small props may be added (Pilates circle, small ball, foam roller, Pilates Arc, dynabands, Pilates orbit).
Classes are open to the public but a private session is strongly recommended before attending the group class. Drop in payments or packages are available.
All sessions and classes are at:
Mindful Movement Studios
Old Elm Shopping Plaza
502/504 Old Elm Road
Highland Park, Illinois 60035