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studio47 Pilates Is Changing How the Community Moves Through Life

By Elisha Neubauer

studio47 Pilates, in Barrington, Rhode Island, was founded in 2008 with one purpose in mind: to change how the community moves through life, both physically and mentally.

Elizabeth Dewey and Mora Babineau, joined forces to create the studio. Former dancers, the pair had long wanted a workout routine which combined grace and control with wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Pilates was their go-to method of physical fitness, but they wanted to bring more into it. They wanted to make it more than a workout, but instead a lifestyle.

"Using proper body mechanics, controlled movements, pelvic stabilization, and coordinated breathing, Pilates focuses on flexibility and strength to create a balance in the body," Dewey, founder and co-owner, said.

Pilates has a multitude of benefits. By correcting posture, Pilates can strengthen your body against future injuries, while focusing on the connection between the mind and body helps to offer meditative benefits. These benefits include increased energy, improved concentration, and better coordination.

Pilates is an all-across the board workout. It doesn't discriminate and anyone of any age, race, gender, age, and physical fitness level can participate. Everyone starts out learning the basics and the routines are adaptable, adding specific exercises according to each individual.

"Pilates emphasizes form and alignment," Dewey said. "The movements are performed precisely, in a smooth, slow, controlled way, and are coordinated with specific breathing patterns."

Because the exercises work the muscles efficiently, each movement is repeated only a few times, instead of large reps like in generic workout routines. The entire process is focused on a quality over quantity theme.

Dewey recommends setting up an appointment at your local studio and discussing your goals with a qualified instructor. This will allow you to get a better understanding of the studio and its policies and how Pilates works, as well as giving the instructor a better idea of what you're looking to get out of your sessions.

"It is important to start slowly and gain the proper form first," Dewey said. "Ideally, starting in a private, one-on-one setting is best so you can go at your own pace and ask questions."

If a private session isn't on the books for you anytime soon, Dewey suggests asking the facility which class is best for beginners.

"It's all about the consistency," said Dewey. "At our studio we recommend practicing Pilates at least twice a week and stick with it! Consistency equals RESULTS."

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