What is Pilates?
Pilates is an innovative and safe system of mind-body exercise that evolved from the principles developed by Joseph Pilates and was made popular in recent years by the dance and performing arts community. Using a variety of mat and equipment techniques, Pilates can not only transform the way your body feels, but can also help create a sleek, toned physique without excess bulk.
Should I try Pilates?
No matter your age or physical abilities, Pilates can help improve strength and flexibility. Pilates exercises focus on developing a strong “core” while conditioning the whole body and improving body awareness, posture, and coordination.
While many who suffer from injuries or weaknesses find “traditional” exercise methods difficult, most Pilates exercises are low or no-impact, and are performed in seated or reclined positions. Pilates is so safe, it is often used in conjunction with physical therapy to rehabilitate injuries. At the same time, Pilates techniques can easily be modified to challenge even the most well-conditioned athletes.
Among the many benefits of Pilates are that it increases your strength without “bulking” you up. Pilates doesn’t typically increase your heart rate to an aerobic level, but you may find that strength training with Pilates does help whittle your waistline.
Make sure to talk with your instructor about changes in your body or injuries you may have. Our Pilates instructors are trained to offer modifications if you find techniques uncomfortable. Listen to your body!
How do I sign up?
We have class schedule and instructor information, and to sign-up for private Pilates sessions or group Pilates classes. No prior experience is needed for private Pilates sessions or mat classes. For your safety, you must have previous Pilates experience before taking any equipment class.
If you are a new client, you can complete and submit the form below, or you can click here to download a printable form you can print, fill out, and bring with you to your first appointment.
Why Pilates at Tyler Physical Therapy?
Tyler Physical Therapy & Pilates is committed to providing a client-centered Pilates experience. In order to give all clients personalized attention, we restrict all group classes to a maximum of 4 people.
All of our instructors have been teaching for a number of years, and several have additional specialized training in Pilates for special conditions including pre-natal and post-partum, breast cancer, arthritis, shoulder dysfunction, pelvis and spine, and more. Several instructors also offer specialized classes for dancers and athletes.
All of our group Pilates and TRX classes are 55-minutes long and limited to a maximum of 4 participants, unless otherwise noted. Due to small class sizes, clients must reserve space in classes in advance.
Pilates mat classes use padded mats (provided) and may incorporate additional props such as the Magic Circle, foam roller, hand weights, or mini-ball. Pilates mat work builds strength, improves flexibility and enhances coordination:
Intermediate Mat class with props
are appropriate for all fitness levels, for those newer to Pilates, as well as those with more extensive Pilates backgrounds. In general, workouts are tailored to a level suiting all class participants.
Basic Mat classes
Designed primarily for individuals dealing with an injury or physical limitation, and are ideal for those transitioning from physical therapy into other types of activity. Instructors focus on ensuring participants learn proper Pilates form and technique to keep their bodies in a pain-free range of motion and within the limitations of any special conditions. Also suitable for students new to Pilates.
All Pilates reformer classes are taught on full-size professional Balanced Body reformers:
Best for students new to Pilates, for those new to work on the reformer, or for those who may need to modify exercises due to physical limitations. Classes will move at a slower pace to ensure students learn safe use of the equipment, and use proper Pilates form and technique. As with all equipment classes, for safety reasons, TPT strongly encourages at least one private Pilates session prior to taking an equipment class.
Advanced Reformer classes
Appropriate for experienced Pilates students, Pilates instructor trainees, etc.
Tailored to suit all levels of Pilates reformer students, with time to go over the basics for beginners, and ways to increase the intensity for more advanced students. As with all equipment classes, for safety reasons, TPT strongly encourages at least one private Pilates session prior to taking an equipment class.
Modified Reformer classes
Designed primarily for individuals dealing with an injury or physical limitation, and are ideal for those transitioning from physical therapy into other types of activity. Also suitable for students new to Pilates. Classes move at a slightly slower pace to ensure students learn safe use of the equipment, and use proper Pilates form and technique. As with all equipment classes, for safety reasons, TPT strongly encourages at least one private Pilates session prior to taking an equipment class.
Group TRX® Classes use the TRX® Suspension System born in the US Navy SEALS:
Leveraged bodyweight technology to help perform exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries. TRX® classes are appropriate for all fitness levels, however, because of the intensity of the TRX® system, we recommend an initial consultation with one of our certified TRX® instructors to ensure these classes fit your needs and physical abilities. Please be sure to bring/wear athletic footwear. TRX classes have a 3-student maximum.
Specialty classes are offered for populations needing specific exercise modifications:
Fit ‘n 50+
Classes are taught by senior fitness specialist Stephanie Fenig, and are individualized to meet the needs of people over 50, ranging from novice to experienced exercisers. Remember that a well-rounded fitness class can help improve both physical health and mental well-being! Fit n’ 50+ classes have a 6-student maximum.
Kind words from happy clients
“What could have been intimidating and scary for this newbie to Pilates was only an amazing experience. I had never done Pilates, but it was recommended to me by an acquaintance for my bad back. I have been trying for a year to lose weight and get my body “right” (I’ve been struggling with thyroid/adrenal issues) and I’m desperate for my back to feel better. I seriously cannot say enough about Joanna who gave me my private lesson today. She was warm, funny and encouraging. The price is right compared to other Pilates classes and it’s a small space so you’ll have lots of one on one attention. I seriously cannot wait to go back.”
“I have been attending Pilates reformer classes for the past 2 years after initialing purchasing a Groupon. This was just the studio I was looking for with professional instructors who keep a close watch on your technique and positioning. The instructors give a lot of feedback and positive instruction. The group classes are small with only 4 reformers max so the instructors can keep a close eye on us. The staff is professional and helpful. The facility is conveniently located and always clean and user-friendly. Much thanks to Kristy and her staff for providing such a great environment.”
“So I’m still in love with Tyler almost 3 years later..I still stick with Robyn (unless she’s away) but I’ve tried most of the other instructors and they have all been great too. The classes always seem fresh, always trying something a little different. The vibe is still small and quaint even tho they’ve grown…Not to mention, I came in soft and squishy and now my butt is higher and tighter, just like I wanted! Thanks guys!!”
“I have been a client of Tyler’s since their first year in business both for the PT and in the Pilates studio. I can highly recommend both. For PT, if you have the experience where are you are given a set of exercises to do and then left on your own, this is the opposite of that. Kristy and her therapy assistants are with you the whole entire time to aid in your healing. For the pilates, I have gone weekly for the past 3 years and have taken every class offered. The instructors make sure to work with you w here your body is at that moment and the small class size helps to make sure you receive the individual attention you deserve. I am a devotee of Joanna for both reformer and mat, but love all the instructors. Whatever your needs are,therapy or group exercise, you won’t find a warmer or more attentive experience than Tyler.”