What is Pilates? Pilates is an innovative system of body-mind exercises first developed by Joseph Pilates (1883-1967). It is often referred to as the “thinking person’s” exercise. The student learns the value of paying attention to what they are doing in order to maximize the benefits of each exercise. What is quickly discovered is that awareness and mental focus make Pilates an effective, safe and deeply-felt exercise program. As a result, posture improves, and injuries and pain withdraw. Katie Ewald works with students on postural symmetry and core control to facilitate optimal movement of the spine, hips and shoulders. Muscular flexibility, joint mobility and strengthening through the complete range of motion of all joints are incorporated into every class. Instead of isolating muscle groups, the whole body is trained, integrating the upper and lower extremities in every plane. Pilates with Katie is for everyone! Mat Class Description: By placing a strong emphasis on functional anatomy we will engage specific muscles, and release others. The class focuses on creating support for the legs and freedom for the spine, hips and shoulders. Participants will be directed through a series of exercises to strengthen the core, stretch the muscles and open the joints. Special attention will be given to the specific rehabilitative needs of each participant. As such, each class will involve a maximum of six people. You will leave with a fantastic feeling of openness and grounded-ness!