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 ...

Posted on August 16, 2011 By

Pilates DVD – Jennifer Kries Master Trainer Series

Pilates DVD – Jennifer Kries Master Trainer Series

This collection of Pilates DVDs is the work of well known presenter and teacher trainer, Jennifer Kries. The series offers 5 DVDs; 4 of which address the different Pilates apparatus (Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, and Ladder Barrel) and the fifth which addresses Pilates mat work. Kries is a second generation instructor and teacher trainer and has studied with Romana Kryzanowska, Ron Fletcher and Eve Gentry. She has vast experience in dance, yoga and exercise and she is the owner/founder of the Hot Body Cool Mind studio in the Philadelphia area.  Kries is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and has studied other yoga disciplines as well. She has several other DVD titles as well some of which blend yoga, Pilates and other mind-body... Continue ...

Posted on August 28, 2009 By

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 ...

Posted on February 15, 2008 By

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 ...

Posted on February 14, 2008 By