You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is Pilates?” First of all, it’s pronounced “peh-LAH-teez” and this increasingly popular form of exercise was developed in the early 1900s as a means to strengthen core (abdominal, back, and pelvic) muscles for posture, balance, and flexibility. Think yoga mixed with calisthenics using mats and resistance machines. So, who exactly does Pilates? Well, it’s not just for the fitness fiends, dancers, and athletes. Anyone can do it.
If you’re looking to explore your personal health and fitness on a deeper level, Pilatesroom AWAZA has exactly what you need. In a convenient location, the studio is modern and clean with state-of-the art equipment imported from the United States. The staff are experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable – and they speak English! You can expect a warm welcome from Takiko Hiramatsu, the general manager. She will make sure you are comfortable and ready for your private session, answering any questions you may have.
Tomoko Kakiuchi is the experienced Pilates instructor who will guide you through your lesson. She previously practiced in Canada, and has been instructing in Japan since 2007.
“When I returned to Japan, there were very few studios offering Pilates. I decided to become an instructor so I could help those seeking a healthier life.”
Your private lesson begins with a posture and alignment assessment with Tomoko. Why? Because good posture and proper alignment are key factors in optimal health of course! Good posture improves muscle function, circulation, and relieves pain. If you experience back, neck, hip, foot, or leg pain, this will help determine why and how to fix it. You may be surprised to learn that most of us are on the crooked side of the scale and do not have supermodel posture, gasp!
Next is mat work. The lesson flows with ease as you lie down and begin various mat exercises to heat up the body and prepare for 60 minutes of muscle isolation and strengthening. Moving on to the utterly impressive and slightly intimidating Peak Pilates resistance machine, your instructor will guide you through a series of 20–50 full-body strength training exercises. It’s true what they say; good things come to those who sweat. With continued practice, one can fully transform body and mind through Pilates. So if you’re looking to up your fitness routine, relieve those daily aches and pains, or just want to try something new, give Pilatesroom AWAZA a call. One private lesson will run you ¥8,000 an hour, but the benefits are worth every yen.