A unique fitness haven for Bainbridge Islanders, classes at New Motion’s Pilates Studio are designed for anyone who is looking to increase their mobility and their physical fitness, with the added benefits of stress reduction and improved mental health.
There are two main pathways to Pilates at the studio – those who want to improve their physical well-being and those who have completed physical therapy and are ready to move into a reconstructive exercise program.
“Anyone can do Pilates,” says Arlene Harris, who manages New Motion’s Pilates programs. “Our classes are unique, not your average gym workout. We help you move in a safe yet challenging way that will benefit anyone.
“We have people from late teens to 80-plus; it’s a big range. Many people work out multiple times a week and come to Pilates to enhance their strength and balance, enjoying everything Pilates provides,” Arlene continues.
“Pilates works well for clients ranging from high-level athletes to those with a low tolerance to activity. For those who join from physical therapy, transitioning from PT to Pilates allows the continuation of further developing the improved or newly learned movement patterns to avoid reinjury. Pilates is also widely recognized for reducing chronic low back pain.”
Pilates is once again booming. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, it’s a holistic exercise system aimed at improving physical strength, flexibility and overall well-being through a series of controlled movements designed to engage the mind and condition the body.
“New Motion has truly been a blessing in my life,” says Amy Margaret, a happy client at the studio. “I started physical therapy and pilates there three months after having my second child.
“Their level of commitment to your healing journey is unsurpassed. Once my goals were met in physical therapy, I was able to continue Pilates regularly. I’m thrilled to say that I don’t live with the pain I once did, and I’m stronger than I was before kids!”
The Pilates Studio at New Motion offers private and duet sessions, studio classes and classes using a machine called the Reformer. The Reformer, Arlene explains, is a fitness machine with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs and straps, providing a highly versatile and targeted approach to Pilates exercises.
The Pilates Studio at New Motion is committed to high-quality movement and the Pilates principles of control, concentration, centering, precision, breath and flow of exercises. Studio classes encompass low-impact – mat, barre, osteoporosis, mindful movement and functional fitness classes, including online sessions. The reformer classes include a foundations program for beginners and a wide arrange of class levels and times.
With classes suitable for everyone and every “body,” Arlene highlights the multiple benefits of practicing Pilates. “It’s a great way to work on your core, promoting strength and balance that applies to every aspect of your life – strength, balance, posture, conditioning, mindfulness, well-being. It’s great for all that.’”