Pilates Postures

About Pilates: Equipment

Maximum benefit from Pilates is achieved when the exercises are done with the correct choreography and in moving from the core. It is necessary to learn them from a well trained and experienced teacher, preferably one on one or in small groups in order to best understand them and eliminate possibility of injury.

The Mat

Pilates first designed his method to be done on the floor on a mat. The majority of the exercises are performed supine or sitting in order to avoid stressing the heart and allowing the internal organs to be positioned in their natural placement. The mat workout is complete and full body. Regularly doing precisely executed mat workouts can lead to a visible change in posture, strength and silhouette. A mat workout can include Joseph Pilates' "Basic 10" exercises all the way up to the approximately 50 different exercises that he created.

A great advantage of the mat workout is that it can be done anywhere! Emily offers private and group mat classes in homes and workplaces.

The Machines

Emily offers private and duet lessons on the Pilates equipment. The machines are an excellent tool for enriching Pilates practice.

The Reformer

The first "machine" that Joseph Pilates built was the Reformer. The springs that make the Reformer mobile create a resistance and support when performing the exercises.

The Auxiliary Machines: Chair, Cadillac/Wall Unit, High Barrel, Ped-o-Pull, Foot Corrector

Pilates exercises can be also be executed on or with all of these machines. All of the machines contain springs, which are another unique component of the Pilates method, offering simultaneously support and resistance.

Emily Mazo-Rizzi teaching Pilates' mat exercices