OUR MISSION is to educate people—from collegiate students to those well into their twilight years—about how the body works and to enable them to move with ease and strength.
Located on the beautiful 13,000-acre campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Bodyworks Youniversity is a perfect setting for our restorative work. We want your experience to be a “tiny vacation” from your busy life, to learn how to destress and unwind your body and soul.
We offer private and duet sessions that use heat and stretching on Pilates equipment to release and align your body before taking you to core strengthening exercises. We also offer Pilates mat classes to strengthen and tone your body, as well as to educate you about what each exercise is designed to achieve.
Joseph Pilates didn't just invent the famous Pilates Reformer many of us have heard of. He also invented an apparatus most of us probably know nothing about called the Wunda Chair. This chair provides a challenging, varied workout in a small amount of space. Many exercises can be performed using the Wunda Chair, and it is excellent for strengthening the core muscles as well as the arms and legs. The exercises can be done lying, sitting, and standing on the chair as well as positions from the side of the chair. You can expect an efficient, full body workout in a short amount of time without stopping for complicated equipment changes. Joseph Pilates originally designed the Wunda Chair for his New York City clients to take to their summer homes. It is portable, has a small footprint, and can even be flipped over and used as an armchair. When you visit the studio at Bodyworks for a Pilates session with Kim or Bruce, you can expect to use this "wundaful chair" along with the Reformer and other innovative equipment.
A new class for beginners starts January 17, 2023! The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. in person or by Zoom. You will learn about the fundamentals of healthy movement that align and protect your bones and joints and improve your balance. Stretching and fascial release techniques are taught at the beginning of each class to help you achieve a more optimal alignment and better body awareness. The Pilates principles are then taught step by step, carefully building into the Pilates mat exercises. Modifications and corrections are provided as needed so you will achieve optimum strength and correct form. You will look and feel like a new person! Consider making this class part of your self-care routine.
The practice of Pilates is so much more than a fitness craze. Pilates was developed and has been practiced since the 1920's when Joseph and Clara Pilates opened their Body Conditioning Gym in New York City. While Joe is the man behind the method of Pilates, his wife Clara taught in the studio and passed the method to apprentices. She is said to have been "the nurturing force behind the man." It was Clara who established the tradition of adapting the Pilates method to meet the unique needs of clients.
While Pilates has evolved through the years and the equipment has been modernized, the core method designed by Joseph Pilates over 90 years ago is still being taught. The roots of the technique are steeped in his philosophy and movement patterns.
"I invented all these machines... it resists your movements in just the right way so those inner muscles really have to work against it. That way you can concentrate on movement. You must always do it slowly and smoothly. Then your whole body is in it." - Joseph Pilates
One of the goals of Bodyworks Youniversity is to educate the community about Pilates. What is Pilates? What are the benefits to you and your body?
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's. Pilates focuses on strengthening the core which will develop stability throughout the entire torso. An integrative, full-body approach is taught from the beginning with a focus on functional movement patterns. Breathing deeply is also fundamental to Pilates. With improved breathing and circulation, the body is free to function optimally from the inside out.
Getting stronger, developing better posture, increased energy, and efficient movement through daily activities are benefits you can expect from practicing Pilates. The movements can be modified to suit individual needs making Pilates an option for people of all levels and abilities.
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