Avoid Common Winter Injuries with These Helpful Tips

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In addition to strengthening your core with Pilates and stretching, it helps to well prepared and be informed with injury prevention and safety tips.

If you’ve experienced an injury or pain while performing a wintertime activity, you are not alone. Personal injury during winter is likely to occur from performing simple activities, especially if you aren’t prepared to prevent an incident. From your back, shoulder and neck to joints and knees, pain and injury in these areas are commonplace during the winter.

The good news? Preventing winter injuries is possible, and you […]

Pilates for Knee Pain

Article Featured on CenterWorks | © MMVIII-MMXIII, Aliesa George and Centerworks©. Used by Permission. Originally posted on Centerworks.com.

I’ve been on a knee strengthening kick lately with my Pilates workouts, cardio fitness activities, and weight training program, all because I took a hard fall inline skating with my puppy a few weeks ago.  So I’ve really been trying to pay attention to my habits and here’s what I’ve discovered and how I’ve been compensating because of knee pain.

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Should You Exercise With an Injury?

Article by Paige Waehner | Found on VeryWell

If you’re an exerciser, it will probably happen to you; that morning when you start your jog and feel a sharp pain in your knee, or you bend down to pick up that weight and end up pulling a muscle you didn’t even know you had.

As much as we try to avoid injury, it will happen to most of us, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to ride the couch while your injury heals.

With a little planning and common sense, you can still keep up some kind of routine as […]

5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

Article Featured on AARP

If you think of Pilates as exercise for your physical core — that prime stretch of real estate between your rib cage and your pelvis — you are not wrong. But there are reasons to think these popular workouts might do some good for your mental core, as well.

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What You Need to Know About Flexibility

Article by Paige Weihner | Found on VeryWell

A person’s flexibility refers to the ability of your joints to move through a full range of motion.  For every joint and every activity, there is a healthy range of motion that changes depending on what you’re doing.

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6 Ways to Avoid Workout Injuries

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Article Featured on WebMD

How to get fit without getting hurt. You’ve finally made the commitment to get in shape or maybe to take your physical fitness to the next level. Eager to start seeing results, you jump into your new routine feet-first. And the next sound you hear is “ouch” as a workout injury derails your healthful plans.

Why does it happen?

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Heal Your Body With Pilates

Balance Massage and Fitness offers a “Healing Through Pilates” class Thursday, March 12th from 5:30PM – 6:20PM. Sign up today!

Heal Your Body With Pilates Pilates can heal your body, as this instructor found after learning she had a devastating heart condition. by Brooke Siler, author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates

When I first found Pilates, I was moonlighting as a sales manager and trainer at a tiny gym in Manhattan while taking post-grad freelancing courses in the hopes of becoming a writer. Already in tip-top shape, I was humbled—and appalled—at my inability to master the […]

Pilates as an Extension of Physical Therapy

Pilates is used in Leading Rehabilitation Hospitals and Physical Therapy Clinics Throughout the Country

Pilates was traditionally used by dancers for rehabilitation from injuries as far back as the 1920s. Subsequently, it was discovered by the orthopedic/physical therapy community and is now used in leading rehabilitation hospitals and physical therapy clinics throughout the country. Based on the latest research in injury rehabilitation, through therapeutic Pilates you will learn:

Spinal and joint stabilization Optimal biomechanics promoting healing and injury prevention Improved proprioception and awareness Healing Through Movement

Back and joint pain sufferers often experience a Catch-22—movement is essential to healing, but […]

Pilates as a Back Pain Cure

Vicky Joseph’s back pain started while she was on a training walk, preparing for a trekking holiday in Nepal.

The pain got so severe that she became depressed and had to leave her job.

She spent years searching for a cure for the pain. She consulted specialists up and down the country and abroad – from orthopaedic surgeons to faith healers.

Five years and more than 50 specialists later, Vicky has stopped her search after discovering pilates.

Surgery and physiotherapy helped ease the pain, but taking up pilates is a lifestyle change that is helping her manage her back […]

Pilates for Winter Sports Athletes

Whether you play – or you train others to play – Pilates is a great way to get that athletic edge during the colder months.

Winter is right around the corner, and with the colder weather comes snowboarders, skiers, hockey players, and skating enthusiasts ready to strut their stuff. How do they build strength, increase energy, and get in shape for their favourite sport?

Pilates-based exercises help improve performance, reduce injury, and relieve stress. It also focuses on re-balancing your muscles around the joints, improving your alignment and flexibility.

“Pilates also assists in rehabilitation after injury and creates balance throughout […]