Wednesday, May 02, 2018

BASI Pilates in Tokyo

There’s STOTT, Fletcher, Peak and Polestar, and many other methods of Pilates that have evolved from its first generation of classical pilates led by Joseph and Clara Pilates in the 1960s and 70s. Beyond the addition of using stability and bosu balls, there're subtle differences, which can't be summed up simply by categorizing the various methods into classical or contemporary pilates.

Then there’s BASI, which is completely new to me. I think the method only just started in Singapore, but I haven't checked that out. Very few studios use BASI reformers; Core Collective is one. There’re many studios in downtown Tokyo offering the BASI method. Yay! Fixed up a number of sessions with two studios. Part of the fun in visiting a city is to check out its gyms and pilates studios too! I didn't bother to bring the TRX straps or pop down to the hotel gym. Wanted to give my body a break from the usual routine. Cardio and HIIT aren't very helpful for maintaining flexibility and core strength.

Satisfied my curiosity about BASI Pilates and its reformers, mainly. Am happy. Not too bothered about the Cadillac and Chair, since that wouldn't have too many differences. Importantly, I got in all the stretches. The BASI reformers, however, seem to have the longest carriage among the brands, and the springs operate on a three-gear system (which makes resistance work quite fun). It also caters to height adjustments, well, which is very good for tall people. The choice of red leather for BASI reformers (which seems to be the signature color for Japan) is a refreshing change from the usual grey and black. Nestled among the studios' mainly white and brick and wood hues, it's fairly relaxing when I'm doing loads of delicious bends on the spine and work those muscles from different angles.

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