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What is Pilates Anyway?

In the 1930s, Joseph Pilates developed a series of exercises on the Mat and other equipment he invented. Pilates called his method Contrology(from control and Greek -λογία, -logia) because he believed that his method used the mind to control the muscles. The Pilates method seeks to increase the strength, flexibility, and control of the body.

As our understanding of the Body, Mind, and its connection with Spirit increases, classical Pilates still holds its ground and has bloomed into a place where many Contemporary Pilates approaches integrate advances in science, physical therapy, and physical medicine. The Pilates “powerhouse” stabilizes the alignment of our vital energy centers along the spine which brings life and vitality as stability, movement, and energy are allowed to flow freely and in a balanced way.

Dr. Pearson-Nunez specialized in adapting the Method of Pilates to meet your personal physical condition whether a novice, athlete, or post-rehabilitation(recommended and with approval from your physician/PT/OT). Dr. Pearson-Nunez can even work in conjunction with your physician to customize an at-home session to meet your need.

Pilates has benefits for all, and can be found as a great tool for Return to Health!

CONTROLOGY: The Method of Pilates

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS?

Joseph Pilates once famously said, “In ten sessions you’ll feel the difference, in twenty you’ll see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body.” Everyone is different, but most clients start to notice positive changes relatively quickly. Your dedication to a consistent practice will greatly determine how quickly you advance. A consistent program (2-3 sessions per week) will significantly improve posture and alignment, enhancing stamina, coordination, strength and flexibility.

WILL PILATES HELP ME RECOVER FROM INJURY?

If you’re injured, it’s important to seek treatment from a physician and/or a physical therapist. Pilates can help in the recovery process (and prevent future injuries from occurring) through correcting muscular imbalances and movement patterns. In addition, the central focus on core stabilization can improve performance in all activities.

In Honor of Pilates Elder Kathy S. Grant

No matter where you go, you have to remember your center. You don't do it physically, you do it mentally—do it inside. Let your mind direct your body. It's really, really quiet. You got to know where your strong point is and as you get better, try and go to the weak point.

KATHY STANFORD GRANT

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  • Personal instruction and guidance.
  • Increased Self awareness.
  • Great for beginners interested in learning to move in their own bodies.
  • Tailor your training to fit your goals.
  • Pilates and Yoga for relaxation, stress relief, and to build strength, flexibility, balance and posture.
  • A great workout! Get in shape! Strengthen your core! Create long, lean muscles!
  • Pilates and Yoga benefits the body in many ways including: common aches and pain, chronic disease, stress and emotional health.

“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.”
– Joseph H. Pilates, letter to clients, 1939

Rev. Dr. Freddie Pearson has an integrative approach that is Post-Rehabilitation safe for addressing issues of chronic pain and developing functional conditioning.

Those who have worked with Rev. Dr. Freddie Pearson-Nunez, D.Div. will find familiarity with Kathy’s Song as he customizes variations for each individual. Don’t get scared, it’s not a song you sing out loud verbally, but you can see its effects physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Dr. Nunez was blessed to study under the tutelage of Pilates Elder Kathy Grant while completing his degree in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Under the encouragement of Kathy Grant. Elder Kathy Grant was one of the two (both women of color) who received certification directly from Joseph Pilates. Below is a clip to a Documentary about Kathy Grant.

 

LEARN TO TEACH PILATES – GET CERTIFIED!

Dr. Freddie Pearson-Nunez, D.Div. is a Supreme Trainer at Ellie Herman Studios offering both In-Person Teacher Training and Private Sessions. Dr. Nunez offers his unique approach for those wanting to learn, teach, and certify.