Posted on March 5, 2024

It’s happening slowly, but every week, more and more Hong Kong people are realizing the total body-mind benefits of Classical Pilates.

And at Flex, we believe it has to be Pilates that’s done the way the man himself intended.

Why? In this ‘sound bite’ generation, the exacting system of what is termed Classical Pilates offers phenomenal life-long benefits that go much further than when you’re in the studio.

This is because – when correctly undertaking Classical Pilates – clients learn from proven basics and build on that. They become part of a global ‘team’ of people who share a skill that benefits their everyday life, whether that’s walking, running, lifting, sleeping or generally feeling better overall.

They don’t have to force themselves to work out. They want to do it, because it has become an enjoyable element of their daily life.

As Flex Studio co-founder Heather Thomas Shalabi explains: “This is happening the world over as all ages and genders realize the power that Classical Pilates can have on not only moving better generally, but improving mental focus too.

“Whether they are runners, tennis players, golfers, swimmers, dancers, teens or adults with ADHD or simply like working out at Flex, for that one hour or so that they are focused on their Classical Pilates sequences, they are not ‘in their head’, worrying or ruminating,” says Heather.

“This is because when you stick with a carefully choreographed Classical Pilates flow class, every element of your body and brain is working together to ensure you get the most from the session.

“You can’t switch off from how you are moving. It’s not unlike the way a dancer is trained during choreography.”

As clients progress, so too does their confidence, their strength and their desire to try more challenging versions of the exercises.

“It’s like being part of a troupe,” says Heather. “After a while of being slowly introduced to the way Pilates works, you come to class and you know what the instructor expects. Your foot work, alignment and the way your equipment is handled become part of the pleasure of being part of and understanding this international movement culture.”

In recreational sport, marathons, triathlons and so on, people know that they need both physical and mental discipline.

With Classical Pilates, you get that and you get some time to slow it all down, feel your body doing what it should and then afterwards, taking it out there to improve everything you do.

“In fact, I know that when you stick with Classical Pilates, everything you do is simply better.”

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