The Pilates Body Center  956-358-5153 - Pilates Apparatus and Matwork Studio
The Pilates Body Center is currently a private by appointment studio.  Open group matwork and apparatus classes are to be announced in the Summer and Fall of 2016. Owner and Instructor, Laura Smith, a valley native, has over 13 years of experience, in which her knowledge and intuition of the body has allowed her to work with clients who are battling special conditions as Fibromyalgia, Parkinson's Disease, Hip Replacements, Multiple Sclerosis, Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Herniated and bulging discs, TMJ, Joint/Back/Neck & Hip Pain.   
"Your Body, Your Choice" is the motto at The Pilates Body Center. 
The Pilates Body Center was the first Pilates studio in the Rio Grande Valley to offer Pilates Apparatus instruction and we have been proudly servicing the McAllen area since July of 1996.
1) What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise system that is focused on building strength without bulk, improving flexibility and agility, and helping to prevent injury. It involves a series of controlled movements that engage both your physical and mental states. The primary focus is on awareness of the spine, proper breathing, core strength and flexibility. The central aim of Pilates is to attempt to create a fusion of mind and body, so that without even engaging the mind, the body will move with economy, grace, and balance.
2) Is Pilates right for me?
It seems like everyone is either doing Pilates, or interested in starting a Pilates exercise program. Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Modification is the key to Pilates exercise success. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level. If you have chronic pain or are in rehabilitation from an injury or surgery, please clear this form of exercise with your doctor.
3) How do I get started?
Pilates requires a thorough understanding of its foundation principles before moving into a flowing workout class. That’s why The Pilates Body Center encourages a small class environment, so that each individual gets the required attention needed to learn each principle and be able to execute the exercise effectively.
4) How often should I workout? Will I lose weight and how long before I see results?
The benefits you can achieve with Pilates are no less than profound. People report are that they feel stronger, longer, leaner, become more flexibile, increase in stamina, improvement in breathing and postural alignment, release of chronic back, neck, and joint pain and obtain an awareness of grace and ease in their everyday movement. The outcome of Pilates training is a balanced body that functions with efficiency and effortlessness. The Pilates Instructors call this "Effort with Ease".
To best realize these benefits, it is very important that a beginner exercise under trained supervision for a minimum of 2 to 3 times a week. Allow yourself 12 weeks for the reprogramming of your muscles to take effect.
5) What is the difference in Pilates Matwork and Pilates Apparatus?
The original Pilates repertoire was 34 exercises done on the floor on a padded mat, known as matwork, but Joseph Pilates later invented several pieces of equipment, each with its own repertoire of exercises. The matwork is a great place to begin. All of the fundamental movements and Pilates exercise principles are incorporated in the mat exercises. The mat exercises are adaptable to any fitness level and will help you gain a lot of strength and confidence in the Pilates method.  Pilates equipment, such as the reformer, provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility.
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