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What do you think of when you hear the word Pilates? If you’re anything like me, you think of a room-full of women breathing heavily while trying to balance inflatable balls between their legs [is that just me?].
Yes, I’ve taken a few mat Pilates classes before [I even spent a semester getting a credit to take Beginning Pilates], and I know the very basics. But I had no idea Pilates extended beyond simply core-strengthening, nor that it could be done on machines!
So when Laura invited me to visit her newly-opened Pilates studio [located at the back of Ha`iku Town Center] and try one of the machines, I was more than intimidated. I can work my way around the gym weight section with no fear, but what am I supposed to do with these?
Soon after arriving at Pilates 808, my worries were quelched by Laura’s guidance. We started with a postural analysis and she gave me excellent pointers for creating better posture in every-day life. And then I got a demo on my new friend, the Reformer!
Laura was extremely patient while explaining how necessary proper form is. The machines are meant not only for core-strengthening, but total body fitness! I did a round of moves, ranging from mobility [matwork-style] exercises to resistance [pully-style] exercises.
The concept behind the Reformer is brilliant – it’s so versatile and the resistance can be adjusted to fit individual needs. My personal favorite moves on the Reformer were the ones that focus specifically on strengthening shoulders. I’m learning that shoulders are a bit of a weaker area of mine, and with Laura’s guidance I was really able to isolate that single muscle group [something I’ve never been able to do with free weights or even machines].
The session was over before I knew it, and I left feeling aligned and—is it possible?—longer than when I came. I’m excited to try the other class options available!
As it turns out, Pilates is much more than inflatable balls. It’s even more than simply strengthening your core. Pilates is great for creating long, lean muscles [um, yes please!], restoring natural spine curvature, maintaining bone density, and improving balance. Plus, it can be done by anyone. Laura offers classes ranging from solo sessions to “circuit training”, which means there’s bound to be something that works just for you!
Combine all that with the fact that Pilates 808 is run by Laura Rice, a woman living on Maui, and I am in sustainable-Maui-LOVE!
To see the complete list of class options, visit the Pilates 808 website or give her a call at 633-2808.
Stay tuned for Parts II and III of my New Maui Favorites post – homemade island-grown PICKLES [!!] and Indian cooking classes – coming at you later today.
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