It Is Effective For All Ability And Fitness Levels!
What is Pilates?
Created by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s, PILATES is mind-body exercise performed with a profound and inward focus...harnessing the power of your mind to get better physical results. The abdominal and back muscles are often collectively referred to as the body’s core. PILATES exercises are designed to strengthen this core by developing pelvic stability and abdominal control in combination with mental conditioning. The goal is to develop long, lean muscles that work in balance to increase strength, flexibility and muscular endurance.
Can anyone do Pilates?
Yes. Pilates is for everyone. Students experience movement from the inside out by focusing on the process rather than the goal. By mindfully learning a sequence of carefully executed moves, students develop an awareness of good body mechanics and learn to use their bodies more intelligently.
Shannon Coffel Vial
Our Pilates Instructor
Shannon Coffel Vial is a certified fitness professional with over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry teaching aerobics, strength training and Pilates. In 1997 she completed her comprehensive training in mat and equipment based Pilates with Deborah Lessen in New York City and began teaching Pilates in Lake Oswego that year. Shannon is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, (NCPT) via the Pilates Method Alliance and the National Pilates Certification Program and is committed to ongoing training from noted Pilates specialists. Additionally, she holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies-Gerontology and Mind Body Wellness, as well as fitness trainer certifications through the American Council on Exercise and Human Kinetics.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Improved strength and flexibility
Improved posture and balance
Reduced stress and more self confidence
Increased coordination and efficiency of movement
Efficient use of breath to encourage intelligent body mechanics.
Should I take a class?
Mat Pilates classes are ideal for beginners as well as advanced students. They incorporate Pilates principles of concentration, control, centering, precision, & breath work. Classes may include prone, supine, and side lying work as well as standing exercises. Because of the small class size, the instructor is able to give participants hands-on attention, helping each student make appropriate modifications for their individual abilities. Beginners, (or anyone that has specific questions or concerns), are invited to come 15 minutes prior to class start time to meet with the instructor for review. Wear comfortable clothing and please bring your own mat. Students are required to be able to get up and down unassisted from the floor.