What is Pilates?Joseph H. Pilates, (pronounced puh-lah-tees), developed a form of exercise in the late 1920’s that utilizes some of the principles of yoga and weight lifting to promote strength and flexibility, tone without bulk, and most importantly balance and function. Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles. It also builds strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. Pilates puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core of center (tones abdominals while strengthening the back), and improving coordination and balance. The flexible system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. No muscle group is under or over trained. It enhances core strength and brings increased reach, flexibility, sure-footedness and agility.
What is mat class?The Pilates mat exercises enhance postural alignment, coordination, strength and flexibility. The technique uses a systematic approach, which sequences exercises according to their direction of movement. Extension movements, for example, may follow spinal extension, thereby creating muscle balance as well as balanced postural alignment.
Pilates mat exercises are performed in a seated, supine, prone or side-lying position. In addition to spinal flexion and extension, Pilates mat exercise incorporates side bending, torso rotation, abduction, which is moving the limb away from the body’s center, and adduction, which is moving the limb toward the center.
What is the Pilates reformer?There is probably no piece of Pilates equipment more famous than the Pilates reformer. And for good reason. The reformer makes a dramatic impression when you first see one, and an even more dramatic change in the body when you use it. Invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, the reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. All kinds of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. Most Pilates reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage, or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs. The reformer offers all the famous benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things in turn lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful and efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain.
What is the Pilates tower?
Benefits of exercising with the tower include strengthening the core muscles while developing spinal flexibility, as well as toning of the shoulders, back, and other muscles.
Santa Clarita Ballet Academy offers group mat classes as well as private or semi-private
(2 student) sessions on the reformer or tower.
About Core Kinetics
Core Kinetics integrates the philosophies and teachings of Eric Franklin, and exercises from the Pilates repertoire. Students can learn the work in Group Mat Classes or Private Reformer Sessions.
What is the Franklin Method?
The Franklin Method is like an owner’s manual for your body. It is not an exercise program but a fun and playful way to learn about and experience your body’s design and function. Would you like to move without pain, repair an injury or improve performance? The Franklin Method uncovers the body’s ingenious design for optimum function and efficiency. Greater efficiency means less wear and tear on the body and ultimately more enjoyment of your body. The Franklin Method is on the cutting edge of movement training, synthesizing the disciplines of western and eastern science, sports psychology and imagery. The applications are limitless and it can be practiced at any level of fitness.
Private Session $50
Semi-Private Session $25
Above sessions are by appointment only.
24 hour cancellation notice is required to avoid being charged.
Group Mat Class
Wed 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Sun 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Single Class- $15
1 Month of Classes- $63
Address & Phone
Santa Clarita Ballet Academy
26798 Oak Avenue
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
Pamela Sosa is a certified Pilates instructor with the IPC (International Pilates Certification). She trained one on one under Ivon Dahl who is an IPC Pilates Master and Program Director. In addition to her Pilates training and certification, she is also a certified ballet and yoga instructor. Because of her various certifications, Pamela is able to customize workouts based on individual needs and goals.
Carol Guidry is certified in Pilates by Long Beach Dance Conditioning and the Physical Mind Institute in addition to being a Level 2 Certified Franklin Method teacher. She holds an Advanced 2 Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dancing in London, is Artistic Director of the Santa Clarita Ballet and has been a professional dancer for over 20 years.