“Nth degree?” you might ask, “What’s that?”. It’s our way of expressing our philosophy about Pilates. It’s about how our faculty is of the highest possible caliber (more about them in a minute). But just as important, it’s about how how their exceptional credentials help you (U) reach your personal Nth degree of performance and function--regardless of whether your goal is to improve in athletics or to enhance a life skill.
Yes, we are proud of our faculty’s mastery in Pilates, and of all the times we’ve been named “Best of Marin”. But really, the way we prefer to grade ourselves is based on the number of Nth degrees our students achieve in a year. That’s what comes when we work together to meet--and perhaps exceed--your movement goals.
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) in efforts to provide vitality and wellness through mind-body movement and neuromuscular re-education. It is an exercise system that is based on quality of movement in which awareness, precision and control are stressed over quantity. The principles have evolved to prioritize postural patterning in which motor control, muscle performance and activation are emphasized--all similar concepts to those in most orthopedic rehabilitative and therapeutic settings as well as advanced performance enhancement systems.
Pilates training develops a high degree of abdominal and back strength, activates the deep, core skeletal muscles, enhances suppleness of the spine and limbs and strengthens overall by increasing neuro-muscular coordination.
By studying the Pilates Method you will gain a cognitive understanding of how the body and mind work together to generate movement of specific muscles, as well as reverse the detrimental effects of timeworn patterning. It is excellent for muscle conditioning, improving overall quality of life, rehabilitating and preventing injuries. Through Pilates you will expand your understanding of proper alignment, full body integration and what your mind and body can achieve when aligned.