Pilates for Chronic Low Back Pain

Pilates for Chronic Low Back Pain

As Pilates instructors, we have all encountered individuals who suffer from back pain. Back pain is ubiquitous – 8/10 people will experience it in their lifetime.   It has significant financial costs and is challenging for conventional healthcare to treat. Pilates is an excellent modality to combat back pain.  The slow pace of the exercises, the emphasis on proper breathing and the focus on alignment make Pilates a practice that is both therapeutic and strengthening in design. Pilates for Relief The routine presented is made up of Classic Pilates exercises with modifications as well as simple stretches.  They will not only help during an acute exacerbation but can also reduce the likelihood of the pain becoming a chronic... Continue ...

Pilates during Cancer Treatment

Pilates during Cancer Treatment

Pilates is a low-impact physical fitness system that consists of a series of exercises that develop the body’s strength, flexibility, and control. Pilates exercises can be easily modified to suit practitioners’ limitations and abilities. It makes sense, then, that Pilates can be used as an important part of maintaining wellness for those currently undergoing cancer treatments, or those in recovery from cancer. By isolating different muscle groups, Pilates exercises develop strength in the body’s “core” muscles in the abdomen and back, and increase overall flexibility and coordination. Pilates exercises can be done with no equipment but a mat, moving just the body in a series of movements with focused... Continue ...

Pilates during Pregnancy

Pilates during Pregnancy

One question I get asked all the time by women who are pregnant is: “Is Pilates safe to do?” And my response is: “If you’re doing it correctly and there’s no medical reason why you shouldn’t be exercising, then Pilates is probably one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise you could possibly do while you’re pregnant.” Here are just a few of the benefits of Pilates during pregnancy. Pilates exercises are purposefully designed, to: re-align your posture tighten your tummy muscles strengthen your pelvic floor diminish back ache challenge your balance tone your arms, legs and bum keep your cortisol (stress hormones) levels in check eliminate sciatica help reduce water retention produce results ease... Continue ...

Pilates and Running

Pilates and Running

Many runners feel their running activities alone provide them with a very rounded exercise program. However, while running is great cardiovascular work, it can lead to imbalances in the body. Those imbalances can sideline runners and must be addressed in order to continue the activity in a healthy and beneficial way. Pilates is an excellent complement to any runner’s routine as it can help strengthen muscles that are not used specifically for running. There are many different kinds of runners. There are marathoners and other distance cravers who may or may not be competitive; there are short distance runners who also may or may not compete and then there are casual runners who just try to fit in a few miles a week to keep... Continue ...

The Elders to Pilates Exercise

The Elders to Pilates Exercise

There are still individuals practicing the Pilates exercises today that actually trained directly with Joseph H. Pilates himself. We most often hear about the following five as the Pilates Elders: Romana’s Kryzanowska, Mary Bowen, Ron Fletcher’s Beverly Hills Studio, Kathy Grant and Lolita San Miguel. Romana trained with both Joseph and his wife, and committed to them to continue their teachings. She and her daughter still train the classical method today. Mary Bowen started training with Joseph in 1959 because of her bad back. After improving in two sessions, Mary hasn’t stopped yet. She still trains and holds workshops through her studios in Connecticut and New England. Ron Fletcher was drawn to Joseph because... Continue ...

Pilates for Prevention

Pilates for Prevention

As many of us know, Pilates comes with many benefits. Usually we discuss how Pilates helps athletes get to the next level, or how it can rehabilitate clients after an injury. Let’s not forget that Pilates is also the answer for prevention of these injuries and much more. Pilates can prevent back pain, muscle aches and joint stiffness. Pilates is low-impact and when done with a well-trained instructor the moves will be precise, controlled, fluid and graceful. Form is essential during the exercises. The basic principles of Pilates, which are learned when you begin your Pilates practice, are necessary for the safe and effective results. When performed correctly and consistently, posture will be enhanced, deep core... Continue ...