Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a type of movement exercises created by Joseph Pilates in the mid 1900's. As an man who valued his own health, Joseph Pilates brilliantly created several pieces of equipment to train the body. While Pilates has evolved since Joeseph Pilates passed away in 1967, much of what we do is influenced by his original intent. Pilates can be done either on a mat or on equipment utilizing springs, pulleys, straps and hinges. It combines strength training with active stretching for a complete whole body workout. For more information please visit the Origins of Pilates via Balanced Body.
2. WHAT IS THE GYROTONIC® EXERCISE METHOD?
The GYROTONIC® method is an original movement practice created by Juliu Horvath. It is done on a special piece of equipment (the GYROTONIC® Pulley Tower) with pulleys, ropes, handles and weight plates. The exercises emphasize continuous spinal motion with simultaneous arm or leg movements. It is both strengthening and stretching for the body. For more information, please visit the GYROTONIC® website here.
3. WHO CAN DO PILATES, YOGA AND THE GYROTONIC® METHOD?
Anyone. From teenagers to clients who are 90 years young, we teach Pilates, yoga and the GYROTONIC® method because these movement modalities are accessible. If you need assistance we can help. If you need a challenge, we can make you sweat. If you live in a body, this is for you. Our movement sessions are creative, adaptive and vary depending on the individual needs of each client.
4. WHAT RESULTS WILL I SEE WITH PILATES, YOGA AND THE GYROTONIC® METHOD?
Due to the combination of both strength and stretch exercises, clients enjoy increased strength, flexibility, body awareness, coordination, balance and ease of movement. Additionally, Pilates and the GYROTONIC® exercise method can be an excellent supplement to enhance your results from physical therapy, chiropractic care, myofascial release therapy, acupuncture and massage therapy. Let your movement instructor know your goals and together we will work to achieve them.
5. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Comfortable form fitting clothing is best. Loose fitting clothing is great if you are attending a mat class but please be aware our equipment has springs and has been known to eat a sleeve or two. If you want to wear shorts, please be sure they are tighter fitting or wear spandex/compression shorts underneath.
6. WHO DOES YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY AND WEB DESIGN?
Each instructor here has completed a 600+ hour Pilates training course. Jenn Marie is a graduate from the Boulder Pilates Center in Boulder, CO and Bre is a graduate of Balanced Body University through Park Meadows Pilates in Lone Tree, CO. Bre also earned her M.S. in Health & Exercise Science at Colorado State University and is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher. Both women have done continuing education courses from several of Pilates greats (Cara Reeser, Amy Alpers, Amy Lange, Mary Bowman...) and companies such as STOTT Pilates, Balanced Body University, Polestar Pilates and Thomas Meyer's Anatomy Trains.
Additionally, both women have completed 200 Hour Yoga Alliance teacher trainings. Jenn Marie is also a Certified Level 1 GYROTONIC® and Level 1 GYROKINESIS® instructor and Bre is a certified GYROTONIC® Level 1 Instructor with plans to complete her training in 2015. Both women were mentored through Emma Kingston-Ledbetter of Center GYROTONIC® in Portland, Oregon.
Perhaps most importantly, both women thrive in their own bodies after going through their own Pilates and Gyrotonic rehabilitation from ski, running and mountaineering injuries. This is personal work that both Jenn Marie and Bre have grown from and encourage you to explore.