Body Balance Pilates is a full service Pilates fitness studio located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Our services include the following:
- Private, Semi-Private, and Group Pilates Sessions on Reformer, Tower, and Chair
- Pilates for Rehabilitation & BackCare
- Pilates for Sports Performance Enhancement
- Pilates for Pregnancy & Post-Pregnancy
- Post-Surgery Breast Cancer Pilates-Based Exercise
- TRX Suspension Training System Sessions
What is Pilates?
Simply put – Pilates is exercise. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900's, it is a method of mind/body conditioning that focuses on both the stablizers and the movers. The movements, when paired with the breath, work the deeper structural muscles often referred to as the core. Pilates works both these deep core muscles and the superficial muscles to make the body more efficient overall. The exercise system delivers simultaneous stretching and strengthening, which allows your body to find it's natural balance. Pilates is a non-impact, balanced system that works just as well for the elite athlete as it does for the injured, or the uninitiated. It can produce results regardless of age or fitness level.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. More efficient breathing patterns and neuromuscular re-education (movement patterning) are a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, are also key components to an effective Pilates program. Posture, balance, coordination and core strength are all heartily increased. Joint health improves, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, attributes that can easily spill over into other areas of one's life.
In other words, overtime, Pilates can:
- Increase flexibility and joint range of motion
- Develop flatter abdominals and trimmer waistline
- Reduce causes of back pain and other chronic injuries
- Reduce stress
- Improve balance and coordination
- Increase body awareness
- Improve posture
- Increase muscular strength and endurance
What is the Pilates Method Alliance?
The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is a not for profit professional association dedicated to the Pilates method. Their stated mission is: "to protect the public by establishing certification and continuing education standards for Pilates professionals".
One of the most significant projects the PMA has undertaken is to establish an international Pilates certification exam. The exam is meant to provide a standardized credential for teachers of the Pilates method.
Though there are many high-level Pilates teacher training programs with their own certification requirements and exams, The PMA certification exam is a response to a lack of industry standards which has lead to vast discrepancies in quality of Pilates teacher certification programs. Visit their website at www.pilatesmethodalliance.org
for more information.
Finding a reputable Pilates Instructor
Choosing an instructor who is qualified to teach Pilates - especially for beginners - is highly recommended. Certifications are awarded through reputable training programs and professional institutions. Qualified Pilates teachers should have trained under a master Pilates instructor. The formal training should take at least 600-hours of lecture, lab, observation, teaching with an assistant and solo. A written exam and a practical exam are required for trainees to demonstrate their knowledge of all aspects of Pilates exercise.
A List of the more well established Pilates Certification Programs in the United States include:
- Core Dynamics Pilates
- Peak Pilates
- PhysicalMind Institute
- Romana's Pilates
- Ron Fletcher Pilates
- Stott Pilates
- The Pilates Center of Boulder
- Power Pilates
- Polestar Pilates
- Balanced Body University