A new business is opening in West Hollywood called Pilates Boutique, which is a Pilates studio that has set up shop at 470 Doheny Drive, on the corner of Doheny and Rangely Avenue. The studio is currently open to private clients, but the owner Vanessa, says she’s shooting for a grand opening to the public on September 5, 2023.
“It’s going to be amazing because my studio is the first one to have a Cadillac Classes when we open,” she said. “People don’t teach Cadillac here. They only teach reformer. My classes will offer Cadillac, reformer, and chair.”
The studio currently has eight Cadillac machines and eight chairs. Their website is underway, but updates can be found on their Instagram page, which is @studiopilatesboutique.
Pilates is a type of mind-body exercise developed in the early 20th century by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Pilates called his method “Contrology”. It is practiced worldwide, especially in countries such as Australia, Canada, South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Pilates developed in the aftermath of the late 19th-century physical culture of exercising to alleviate ill health. There is, however, only limited evidence to support the use of Pilates to alleviate problems such as lower back pain. While studies have found that regular sessions improve balance, and can help muscle conditioning in healthy adults (compared to doing no exercise), it has not been shown to be an effective treatment for any medical condition.
Modern yoga, like Pilates, is a mind-and-body discipline, though yoga classes are more likely to address spiritual aspects explicitly. Some poses are similar in the two disciplines; for example, open leg balance closely resembles Navasana (boat pose); roll over is similar to Halasana (plough pose); and swan and push-up are essentially identical to Bhujangasana (cobra pose) and Chaturanga Dandasana (low plank pose). Both disciplines develop strength, flexibility and fitness. Pilates, however, emphasizes core strength where yoga emphasizes flexibility.