Pilates was developed by the German physical-culturist Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. The program consists of exercises which strengthen the mind and the body. Joseph Pilates taught that the mind and the body were interrelated. Joseph Pilates also imparted that his training ideas would cure certain illnesses. His workout concepts spread quickly in the physical health care field and today you will find approximately 14,000 Pilates teachers in the United States alone.
Pilates demands intense focus and concentration on what you're doing all the time. The exercises certainly help build your muscle strength, help you regain flexibility, focusing especially on the areas of legs, hips, arms, and the back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, developing a strong center, and improving coordination and balance. With the guidance of the teacher, who supports you verbally and emotionally, you will achieve balance and grace.
“It’s all about balance”, says Pilates teacher and owner of the ‘Mind & Motion, Pilates and Beyond’ studio on West 3rd Street, Los Angeles. “We are a holistic studio with attention to the individual. We teach awareness; it’s all about being in the moment…” These are words after my heart.
I was curious and visited Meghan Pickrell in her studio. Pickrell, a dancer since the age of 7, has tons of experience in body motion. She studied with the Utah Ballet and earned her B.A. in dance from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She fell in love with Pilates during her time studying in San Francisco and also earned her Master’s of Science in Kinesiology. Her specialty includes working with low back pain, disc herniation, scoliosis, sacrum instability, and chronic conditions.
Meghan Pickrell offers new students a free introductory class. She feels it is necessary to show the clients the level of workout and commitment necessary. This class will also help you to assess which level and type of workout best suits you. There are 2 levels of classes, beginner to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Pickrell also teaches Pilates for Dancers, Prenatal Pilates and Private Sessions, focusing on your personal, special needs.
Whether you are interested in getting in shape, losing weight, addressing issues of pain or fatigue, ‘Mind & Motion, Pilates and Beyond’ can meet your needs. This is a way of life, a holistic approach to exercise, and requires you to take your health into your own hands. “Think of it as a ‘Moving Meditation’”, says Pickrell, “We will guide you and listen to your needs. Your body will change to the better and you will be able to move more gracefully.” As a Kinesiologist she has a vast understanding of movement and she smiles as she states “Through understanding, challenging exercises and greater awareness, you will appreciate and cherish your body. We promote a healthier life style and give you alternative options to improve your physical and mental state.”