Pilates is about How To Move
How To Move is about Pilates

Here's what Pilates is at HowToMove:

With Pilates, you do movements instead of exercising body parts, so you learn more about HowToMove in your life.

Pilates starts with breathing. What's more basic than breathing, you might ask? Take a breath in right now and notice whether you've been breathing while you've been reading! Breath keeps you present in your body and in your movements. It's the first thing we do when we're born, but most of us don't think about our breathing much after that... we just keep doing it.

At HowToMove, you'll learn how to breathe and we'll move forward from there.

Pilates requires concentration, in other words: as you learn how to move, you also learn how to make those movements happen. You become more aware of what you are doing.

That awareness leads you to moving and living with more ease.

Pilates gives you a focus, a tool for learning, a way to integrate your body and your brain more efficiently. Did you know that different areas in your brain communicate with different muscles in your body? You may have conversations with your arms and legs, but how about the deep muscles around your hip and shoulder joints?

Sometimes your muscles don't know how to talk back to your brain... so how would you know if you are doing a movement correctly? And what part of your brain really cares about "correctness" anyway?

You'll know a movement is correct when you learn how to feel it in your body.

Pilates is not a simple "Get Trim Quick" program. Pilates is a process of noticing old patterns and trying on new ones. Sometimes it's aggravating and sometimes it's fulfilling. Sometimes you'll walk out of a lesson, thinking "I didn't do much today" and then wake up the next morning feeling sore all over. Sometimes you may finish up your lesson totally exhausted, have a great night's sleep and wake up totally refreshed.

Stick with it and you'll have it all:
  • More strength & flexibility
  • Lean, toned muscles
  • Better balance & coordination
  • Better posture
  • Fewer Injuries
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Better circulation
  • Less Stress

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Pilates equipment by Balanced Body.
How To Move is about Pilates
Pilates is about How To Move