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Groundwork Description:

Groundwork  teaches the fundamentals of Upside-Down Pilates. This class explores the use  of breath, spinal articulation, pelvic and shoulder stability and mobility, head and cervical spine alignment, as well as focus and control through groundwork based exercises.  Groundwork is based on Joseph Pilates original mat exercises.  Mr Pilates created this exercise sequence to rid himself of asthma and strengthen his sickly body.  He taught his regime to other soldiers in an internment camp he was in during WWI.  The soldiers who practiced his regime remained healthy as an influenza epidemic swept through the camp and took many lives.  Because of this and his success in rehabbing amputee patients during WWI he was asked to train the German National Army later called the Nazi Army.  He refused and moved to the United States.  In the US he started training dancers and gymnasts and created many more pieces of equipment.

Class Level Descriptions: 

Level I: Groundwork I teaches the fundamentals of Upside-Down Pilates. This class explores the use of breath, spinal articulation, pelvic and shoulder stability and mobility, head and cervical spine alignment, as well as focus and control through groundwork based exercises. 

Level II: Groundwork II reviews the fundamentals of Upside-Down Pilates and focuses on shoulder mobility and stability as well as ankle, hip, and knee alignment, while increasing strength and flexibility throughout the body during groundwork based exercises

Level III: Groundwork III challenges strength and flexibility along with introducing coordination through groundwork based exercises.  Must be attending class 2-3 days per week to participate.

Upside-Down Pilates Teachers have all learned Level IV, V & VI Groundwork exercises. We do not have Group Lessons for these levels but will use them in Solo Lessons at the teachers' discretion. 

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