I often get asked, why BASI Pilates? Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century and has since gained worldwide popularity for its holistic approach to fitness and wellness. BASI Pilates is one of the many methods that have emerged from the original Pilates system, and The Pilates Center Fort Worth is proud to be a host studio for their Comprehensive Teacher Training Program. In this blog post, I’ll talk a little about the history and approach of BASI Pilates and explain how it is different from other Pilates approaches.
Origin of BASI Pilates
BASI Pilates was founded by Rael Isacowitz in 1989. Isacowitz was a professional dancer and gymnast who was introduced to the Pilates system while rehabilitating a dance injury. He immediately became immersed in the Pilates method and soon began to develop his own approach by incorporating his background in gymnastics and dance.
Rael’s approach was based on a deep understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics. He believed that every person is unique and has different needs, and that the Pilates method should be adapted to meet those needs. This led him to develop a comprehensive teacher training program that emphasized the principles of the Pilates method, while also providing instructors with the skills and knowledge to modify exercises for different body types and fitness levels.
BASI Pilates has since become one of the most respected Pilates methods in the world, with a presence in over 35 countries. Its reputation is built on its commitment to excellence in education, its focus on body mechanics and functional movements, and its dedication to helping people achieve their fitness goals through safe, effective, and mindful movement.
The Approach of BASI Pilates
BASI Pilates is a comprehensive approach to Pilates that focuses on the principles of concentration, control, centering, precision, breath, and flow. It emphasizes the development of core strength, flexibility, and balance, while also improving posture, alignment, and body awareness.
One of the key differences between BASI Pilates and other methods is its commitment to individualized instruction. BASI Pilates teachers are trained to assess each client’s needs and abilities, and to adapt the exercises accordingly. They are also skilled in modifying the exercises to accommodate injuries or health conditions, making Pilates accessible to a wide range of people.
With BASI Pilates, there is a strong emphasis on functional movements. This means that the exercises performed in Pilates are specifically chosen to help clients improve their movements in daily life, such as bending, lifting, and carrying. By focusing on movements that are practical and applicable to everyday activities, BASI Pilates can help clients prevent injury and improve their overall quality of life. The goal is to create stronger, more efficient movement patterns that will transfer to everyday living and help clients to maintain their independence as they age. BASI Pilates instructors are trained to analyze movement patterns and design customized exercises that address the individual needs of each client, making it a highly effective and personalized approach to fitness.
So what are you waiting for? Book a private or group class with us today- and experience the absolute joy of BASI Pilates for yourself!