It works to gently balance your nervous system and healthy connective tissue. Improve your Pilates practice, reduce post-exercise recovery time after workouts and eliminate the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living. We will learn hand and foot techniques and basic MELTing for your back and legs.
Wherever you are in your fitness journey, the MELT Method® can transform your workouts, help you reduce your risk of injury and achieve peak performance.
Friday Nov. 22nd 4:30PM – 5:30PM
Join us for an all levels mat class that will use interval timing to boost your heart rate and give you a great workout! This is different than our usual classes and we’ll all celebrate afterwards with some bubbles. $40, drink included.
No active injuries or Osteoporosis unless cleared by us to participate.
Our Little Yogis is BACK for a 6 week series this October! Every Tuesday at 5:15 – 6PM starting October 1st – November 5th. Taught by local Great Falls mom and Children’s Yoga Specialist, Ipsita Smolinski. $150 for the series.
Our youngest yogis explore movement through imaginative stories, songs, and yoga-inspired games. They learn animated yoga poses and breathing techniques to keep their creative bodies flowing. Group classes are intimate in size and held in a fun and nurturing environment. Yoga can enhance your child’s concentration, coordination, stress reduction, self-expression and social skills. Students develop strength, flexibility, focus, and confidence but most of all, have FUN!
Starting once a month, come start your week in a 45 min. whole body stretch class with a great flow! Class is at 10AM – 10:45AM with local fitness guru Jenn Mastran. Grab your coffee before or after! You can use this as a group make-up class. You do not need to be a Pilates client to participate in this!
Sundays: 10/6, 11/3, 12/8
SATURDAY SEPT. 14TH 1PM – 2:30PM
Come here Susan give a presentation on her Strong BONES Method, services she offers and how she can help you achieve strong bones outside of our studio. She has incredible expertise in osteoporosis and is passionate about helping women (and men) affected with this silent disease have tools to build stronger bones. Q&A and meet time to follow. Please invite those you know with OP.
This is NOT limited to GFP clients. Free but RSVP requested.
Sunday Sept. 15th at 4PM, $30
“Above all, learn how to breathe correctly” – J. Pilates
We all know what bad posture is but good posture is hard to come by. It’s a goal of ours, but it’s hard to feel and execute day to day. We also all know breathing is important but most of us are shallow breathers and don’t actually know how to move our ribs! We’ll practice posture in all angles, learn about the Pilates breath and explore ways to connect to both.
Join Ashley for a pop-up group circuit class using a variety of Pilates equipment and props. Class is Saturday 8/17 at 11AM. You’ll have mat, tower, reformer, chair and small props to workout on! This self-guided workout requires an understanding of the exercises and execution for some independent work. You will move through guided stations at a quick pace and work up a fun sweat!
We’re adding a pop-up class with Megan on this Sunday 8/11 at 9AM. It’s a mixed level mat class with the foam roller as a supportive and challenging prop! Foam rollers are included or feel free to bring your own to use! RSVP
“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” —Hermann Hesse
Pilates slows you down. This not only allows you to deeply focus on the task at hand but should give you a moment to center yourself. You get an intense, full-body workout and walk away a little more confident to tackle the rest of your day. Win-Win.
Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow
Pilates was originally called “Contrology.” Joseph felt that it was a system of exercises and the ultimate study of control. Control of your mind, your body, your intentions and your results.
The six pilates principles are found in every form of equipment, from reformer and tower work, to chair and matwork. You may focus on a single principle in a class or be reminded of several throughout. These principles embody the work of Joseph Pilates and when you are a student of Pilates they will become second nature. Learn about each pilates principle.
Centering: Pilates is centering and grounding. It is also done from a place of center and control, your powerhouse or core muscles. The midline of your body is considered your centerline and pilates works to lengthen and strengthen this connection.
Concentration: Pilates really takes concentration. Your mind is always working to depend your work and refine your practice. Each exercise has a specific movement, rhythm and flow. While each exercise will become easier in time you can always bring more commitment to your movements.
“Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.”
Control: You will discover muscles and connections you never knew you had. Pilates is a whole body exercise system and requires control to do so. Nothing is left alone. Exercises have a deliberate movement and you will learn how to control your body with precision and flow.
“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control over your body.”
Precision: Of course when you combine centering work with concentration and control, your pilates movements become precise. You will learn proper placement of your body for each exercise and learn where each movement should take you.
“A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.”
Breath: Breathing is central to our existence. We generally give little thought to how we breath. Joseph Pilates believed in the power of breath and uses breathing to deepen and enhance your pilates practice. Many pilates exercises coordinate timing with the breath to maximize the exercises effectiveness.
“Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.”
Flow: In classical Pilates, transitions are taught as part of the exercises. The equipment is designed to help assist and resist your movements and allow for smooth movement. Each pilates movement flows directly into the next. It becomes a supple dance and has a natural grace to it. This translates into how you move, walk and live.
“Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”