About Pilates by Jean
Why we do what we do!
Owner and Lead Instructor Jean Atkinson began her pursuit of Pilates in 2006 and immediately recognized the value of Pilates training. In 2011 she made the transition from student to teacher by completing the Balanced Body Pilates Instructor Training Program. She has worked with clients of all abilities from tri-athletes to cancer patients and believes that The Pilates Method will improve the quality of life for all who participate in the program.
Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s, Pilates was based on building core strength and stability to enable the body to move efficiently. There were 5 primary pieces of equipment that Joseph Pilates patented and used to develop over 500 exercises focused on balancing muscular development throughout the body. The Pilates Method focuses on form and control to strengthen the deep muscles of the abdomen, back, and pelvis to build a more stable, strong, and flexible core.
Develop a strong core and a strong back – Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.
Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility – More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less prone to injury.
Learn how to move efficiently – Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.
It’s gentle but challenging – Pilates is an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.
Hometown: Boston, MA
College: Arizona State University
Favorite Pilates Move: Magician on the Tower
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
College: University of Arizona
Favorite Pilates Move: Supine Ab Series