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Our beautiful studio boasts a team of highly experienced and motivated Pilates, Yoga and GYROTONIC® teachers, who tailor their classes and private lessons to each student's individual needs and levels of experience, to help develop strength, flexibility and balance of both the body and the mind.
Pilates - an introduction
The philosophy behind Pilates (Joseph Pilates) is to retrain the mind and therefore the body, to use muscles more efficiently and save energy. One of the most overlooked areas to strengthen for athletes is their “core”. There are several layers of abdominal muscles all of which are targeted by Pilates. The buttock muscles are also very important in stabilizing the pelvis particularly for running and cycling activities. Using your body’s core generates the real power in your push off, pedal stroke or pull through the water. Much of your energy comes from this area. By transferring that core energy to your extremities, you’ll get more power out of your stroke or stride. Athletes are generally strong through their larger muscle groups and quite weak through the smaller stabilizing muscles. Just doing sit-ups and squats won’t strengthen these muscles. The larger muscles will continue to get stronger and the weaker muscles will continue to get weaker. A consistent Pilates routine will ensure that proper stretching becomes an integral part of your training program. The core muscle groups will work synergistically to make the spine more supple. The tight muscles will lengthen and promote healthy blood circulation and lubrication to your joints. This will not only improve your range of motion but also your cardiovascular health as the deep breathing promotes healthy circulation throughout the whole body and your spine will also become more supple and pliable.
Pilates is practiced on a mat (Matwork) or with specific Pilates apparatus. The Pilates Loft Thônex - Geneva proposes a large choice of Pilates apparatus (Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, Wall-unit, Wunda-chair, Neck stretcher) to offer tailored classes to fulfill the highest expectations of their clients.
The Pilates Loft Thônex - Geneva offers several formulas, to meet everyone’s preferences and budget:
Private classes (60 minutes) allow the use of all apparatus. The advantages are a personal coaching permitting your evolution on your own rhythm and intensity. Private classes are equally a great approach for people with health issues, such as lumbar pain or orthopedic injuries, which can receive specific attention with targeted exercises.
Semi-private (duo) Pilates classes are ideal for all people that wish to share their Geneva Pilates class with a friend or family and benefit from increased attention at a lower cost.
The collective Pilates classes (Quartet) unite quality teaching with group dynamics. Group-classes of maximum 4 people work on Wall-unit, Reformer, Wunda-Chair or/and perform Matwork.
The collective Pilates classes (Matwork) use accessories such as Swiss-ball, elastic bands and spine correctors to add difficulty to certain exercises and target specific muscle groups. Groups accepte maximum 7 people, to warant efficient work, in a safe and controlled environment.
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