Private Sessions
Pilates ~ Yoga ~ Personal Training
Welcome! We are booking now for Oct-June 2017/18 season.  Please email studio for best results with the folloiwng information to get you or a friend/spouse/guest started! This will take a few steps but we want to be sure you are set-up accurately in our system.  If you prefer to speak with our lead instructors or owners, please call our studio line: (941) 964-4404  In off-peak months, we check our messages 3-4   times a day and will begin to staff our studio in September for early registeration needs. 

If emailing our studio, please include:
Details of your island return dates and weekly requests (1x, 2x, 3x a week instruction)
  We have standing appointments available, if you'd prefer an early timeslot, these are popular and will go quickly...please have an alternative time in mind as well.  We offer private small groups on the apparatus that your group can arrange or we may place you with a similar pilates and fitness level for a workout partner in season.  Patience is appreciated at this very busy, wonderful time of planning.

Owners, Jan & Ron Waters will call you to follow-up with availability and options.
The Details: We offer private pilates, yoga and integrated personal training as a movement system.  We are a fully equipped Pilates and Yoga studio.  Our teachers are all certified and seasoned in their craft and continually upgrade their education to better serve their cleints.  Typical training schools are Peak, BASI, Stott, Balanced Body, Romana,  post-rehab Physical Therapy integration, which can be a Polestar conference or workshop from an accredited facility.  Having a range of abilities and accustomed to the active older adult lifestyle, you'll enjoy an educational, personalized and professional session.  We encourage our clients to try all modalities and work with teachers from different backgrounds.
During a Pilates Private session, we will introduce you to the classical (only way!)apparatus: Reformer, Cadillac (Trapeze Table), Barrel, Spine Corrector, MvE Chair (our Wunda chair), Ped-O-Pul and other small equipment, pilates is a Method within a System of exercise repetoire.

The Cadillac
Another amazing classical video from BlueBird Pilates

Nice Beginner Mat 
Another amazing classical video from BlueBird Pilates

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Pilates, or (Contrology, The Art of Control), a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor itself, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.  You will use apparatus or some say "equipment" but they have names like The Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Barrel and more.
Physical Benefits Of Pilates Exercises
  Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles and coordination-both muscular and mental, are key components in an effective Pilates’ program. Posture, balance, and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity spills over into other areas of one’s life.
Is it Rehab?
   The exercises were developed from the rehabilitation techniques of Joseph Pilates himself while interned as a nurse during WWI.  Pilates is a safe, sensible exercise system using a floor mat or apparatus/equipment, that will help you look and feel your very best. No matter what your age or condition, it will work for you. Pilates improves core strength, flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain and other chronic ailments.   We find the apparatus adaptable to all shapes, sizes, levels, fitness conditions and greatly helps balance, coordination and stamina.
     The benefits of Pilates are great. As you begin your Pilates journey, you’ll learn many new and inspiring ways to move through life, with ease, with grace, strength and control. With professional pilates instruction, you’ll create a pilates body within your point of control, your appropriate range of motion and best of all you’ll feel wonderfully energized and stronger after your first session. Extensive training, teaching fitness, and my own on-going rehab of injuries have given me the true passion and trust in this gentle yet powerful sequence of exercises. Enjoy! 
The Pilates Method of exercise training works for just come as you are and that's where you begin.
~Cross training
Individuals can enhance their performance by maintaining proper skeletal alignment and muscular balance while increasing joint mobility, blood flow and body awareness.
~Your workout
Pilates is a full body workout! A fun and challenging program that combines deep core strength, coordination, control and balance, Pilates works to reshape the body. It assists in creating long, lean muscles; strong, flexible joints; and graceful movement patterns.
~Injury rehabilitation
Widely recommended by medical professionals, Pilates therapeutic exercise has been proven to help reduce pain caused by spinal injures and dysfunctions, disc and joint disease, fybromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes by promoting decompression of the joints and increasing strength and flexibility of muscle tissue. Additionally, breath and relaxation training matched with improved body awareness will allow clients to release areas of deep tension and muscular holding that contribute to pain and decreased range of motion.
~Injury prevention
By improving postural alignment, freeing tight muscular patterns and creating deep strength, you will build confidence and grace in their daily activities allowing for increased levels of performance with fewer injuries.
~Weight loss and body sculpting
Pilates is an anaerobic form of exercise that uses deep and precise breathing instruction to increase endurance and boost the metabolism. Clients will notice changes in their shape through toning and lengthening of muscular tissue. Often weight loss also occurs due to increased muscular activity and circulation.
Resources:  The Pilates Method Alliance, Peak Pilates Education Resource
In our opinion, the best definition of yoga can be found in the Yoga Sutras - 1:2  "Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind"  The word itself-Yoga- means union; wholeness.  The practice of yoga may be seen as the union of body, mind and spirit.  It is afterall, a Practice, quoting Erich Schiffmann's book, Yoga, the Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness.  The physical practice is only the beginning to allowing ourselves to meditate, remember the goal of meditation is not to control our thoughts but to not let our thoughts control us.  Our classes are breath-centerd and geard towards all levels of experience, including beginners and seasoned practicioners.  Come to our studio with a beginner's mind, we have mats, props and a peaceful space for you to practice, be led and discover Yoga. Namaste. 
Physical Benefits of Yoga Exercises
   Strengthening from holding yoga positions. Yoga helps increase strength in very specific muscles and muscle groups. Holding positions in yoga is not intended to be uncomfortable. However, it does require concentration and specific use of muscles throughout the body. Muscle strength improves by remaining in these yoga positions and incorporating various movements.
   Many of the postures in yoga gently strengthen the muscles in the back, as well as the abdominal muscles. Back and abdominal muscles are essential components of the muscular network of the spine, helping the body maintain proper upright posture and movement. When these muscles are well conditioned, back pain can be greatly reduced or avoided.
Stretching and Relaxation
 Yoga incorporates stretching and relaxation, which reduces tension in stress-carrying muscles. Yoga requires that the individual hold gentle poses anywhere from 10 to 60 seconds. Within the pose, certain muscles flex, while others stretch, promoting relaxation and flexibility in muscles and joints.  For people with lower back pain, stretching is very important. For example, stretching the hamstring muscles (in the back of the thigh) helps expand the motion in the pelvis, decreasing stress across the lower back. In addition, stretching with yoga increases blood flow, allowing nutrients to flow in, toxins to flow out, and overall nourishment of the muscles and soft tissues in the lower back.
   In most classes, breathing is considered very important during the yoga poses. While holding a position, the tendency is to hold the breath as well. Instead, the intention is to have a deep, free, and rhythmic breath through the nose on both the inhale and the exhale. The quality of the breath in many ways determines the quality of the yoga practice. This will emphasize a relaxed body and encourage strong circulation.

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We require an assesment to join our group class and also offer private one-on-one sessions.