Pilates Green Valley | Green Valley Pilates

We Knew We Were Missing Something…

…but we weren’t sure what it was.

Established in 2005, Mind to Motion Pilates Plus was created from the desire to answer a need—the need being there was more to physical fitness than just resistance training and aerobic exercise.

Initially trained in traditional exercise and fitness methods, we knew there had be something we could add to make our client training more holistic—a method that would embrace the mental aspect as well as the physical.

Life wreaks havoc on our bodies. People grow more and more crooked and imbalanced in the course of daily living. We are right-or left-handed: we swing a golf club or tennis racket on one side; we carry our shoulder bags and our children on one shoulder or hip. Our routines and habits cause us to consistently overuse specific muscles.

…And then Pilates entered our life and our training!

To answer that need, we discovered Pilates and found immediately upon trying it ourselves that this was the methodology we needed to not only raise the bar for optimum physical fitness, but also to assist in healing and injury prevention.

Pilates can be a wonderful antidote to this, providing a workout that will straighten, strengthen, and stretch your body. This method is not a mystical cure-all. Nor should it replace other forms of exercise once you adopt it into your routine. All exercise is good for you. Run, bike, swim, hike—and do Pilates.

We are very proud of what we have accomplished here at Mind to Motion and our client successes show it. Please check out the Condition Specific tab from the menu bar for more information.


Pilates was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, calling his method at the time, “Contrology”. (The name was later changed to honor its creator). Joseph, an immigrant to England (and later to the United States), developed his method with the intention of improving the rehabilitation for casualties of the World War I. He accomplished this by strengthening, stretching, and stabilizing key muscles.

Joseph preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring control and technique over increased repetition. He believed that mental and physical health were essential to one another, creating what is a method of total body conditioning. Pilates uses correct alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement (the Pilates principles) to establish a perfect working body from the inside out.

Pilates builds strength, flexibility and lean muscle with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine, rather than on bulking and shortening the muscles.

Pilates has a focus on the core which can basically be thought of as the ‘powerhouse’ of your body. Your core is the area between your shoulders and your pelvis (without your arms and legs) and encompasses all the muscles within this area. The focus on strengthening the core and improving postural awareness are especially well indicated for the alleviation and prevention of back, neck and joint pain.

Simply stated, Pilates will enhance and compliment all of your regular activities to help you look better, perform better, and, above all, feel better.


The benefits are endless and we could literally spend all day—and several more—expounding on these but in the interest of saving you time and your sanity, here are some of the more apparent ones:

  • The focus is on strengthening and lengthening the muscles, and at the same time…
  • Produce long, lean, strong overall muscle tone that doesn’t create bulk.
  • In just a short time, you can expect overall slimming, improved flexibility and range of motion, and increased mobility
  • Posture and alignment correction will have you standing taller, sitting straighter and better balance and coordination.

Pilates isn’t the type of workout where you leave feeling tired and punished. Instead you will leave with increased energy levels, a clear, focused mindset and a body that feels strong and in control having been through a challenging workout. These results are unlike any other type of exercise and believe me—in our 25 years plus as personal trainers and clinical exercise specialists—we have been through them all!


 Once you decide to try Pilates, the next question is what is the first step?

Actually, you have already taken the initial step by making the decision to improve your physical and mental health.

Do your homework.

Whether you choose Mind to Motion or another studio, always check their credentials, qualifications, and experience before making a decision. An experienced instructor is essential to help you get a proper introduction to the subtleties of Pilates. They can show you effectively what each exercise looks and feels like, and can respond to your individual needs.

Be real and think positive.

There’s a misconception out there that you have to an already super-fit celebrity, athlete or dancer to even consider entering a Pilates studio. Truth is, you don’t need any previous experience to test the waters with Pilates.

At the beginning, you may dream of achieving a body like those you see on Pilates’ websites and advertisements, but you’ve got to start from where you are. Positive thinking is important, and it’s helpful to have a vision to aim for. Really be honest with yourself about your body’s strengths, weaknesses and needs, and ask your instructor for help with realistic goals.

 Be patient.

Just like the Pilates exercises, results in Pilates come from working consistently. You need to be patient and regular in your practice of Pilates to achieve your goals, and sometimes the exercises you find most difficult may be the best medicine for you, so persevere!

Can I learn and get the same results from book or a DVD?

While you may be able to learn the choreography of the exercises from a DVD or book, it’s highly unlikely that you will be performing them correctly. A certified instructor is necessary to teach and correct you while you do the exercises—only correct form and technique produces the expected results.

How often should I do Pilates?

Two to three times a week is ultimately the best frequency. Like any form of exercise, commitment and consistency is the key to success. It is best to not let too much time pass in order to remember the previous session and incorporate the information in your body.

It’s important to remember that Pilates is like teaching your body a new language. It’s going to take time to get the grasp of it, but it’s worth the time and effort.

You will be happy at how you look and feel after just a few weeks!

Pilates Green Valley AZ  | Clinical Exercise Green Valley AZ | Green Valley AZ Pilates

Located in Madera Plaza at 518 E Whitehouse Canyon Rd, Suite 150, Green Valley, AZ 85614. 

Contact us at either …

victoriathorntonlive@gmail.com        or          thumpologist@gmail.com

520.245.6401                                                         520.245.9733

We are looking forward to hearing from you and to answer any questions you may have!

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