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.


6 Ways to Avoid Workout Injuries

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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?


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 […]

Injuries, Exercise and Massage

Massage is important for many powerful reasons, including detoxification and stress relief. But, when people ask me why to get massage or why it’s important the answer that resonates with most “type A” New Yorker’s is that it helps you get into good shape faster with less stiffness and soreness, allowing you to push your body harder. Perhaps most important is that massage helps prevent the injuries that will set you back.

We all know the enormous benefits of exercise and moving the body. Anyone who routinely pushes their physical limits through any movement, sports, strength training and […]

Pilates for Dancers

Pilates for Dancers

Dancers discovered the benefits of Pilates long before it became known to a wider audience. Martha Graham and George Balanchine were among Joseph Pilates’ most devoted clients at his New York studio.

Pilates provides dancers with a range of tools to become more aware of their alignment and protect them against injury.

Benefits of Pilates for dancers include:

* Increased core strength, balance and coordination

* Improved hip, foot and ankle alignment

* Muscular symmetry and balance

* Proper hip turnout

* Decreased joint and ligament stress

* Decreased muscle strain

* Improved flexibility


How Pilates Benefits Runners

How Pilates Benefits Runners

Pilates ought to be part of an injured runner’s rehabilitative regimen. Here’s why. By Elena Sonnino

The benefits of cross-training for runners have long been touted as a necessity to a well-balanced training regimen. Some runners turn to yoga; others to cycling and swimming. Another workout that offers runners multiple benefits is Pilates.

For both injured and non-injured runners, Pilates presents a functional workout routine that incorporates many components of physical therapy and strengthening and directly impacts running form and strength.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is the brainchild of German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed that […]

Benefits of Massage Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

Car Accident Recovery | Benefits of Massage

Following a car accident our muscles and ligaments throughout our spine get irritated and damaged. This creates a postural change that eventually leads early arthritis in the spine. Massage Therapy helps relax the muscles following an injury thus allowing deeper structures to heal without the constant battle between tight muscles and lack of motion in the joints. Another benefit of Massage therapy is pain reduction, studies have shown that massage helps release certain pain relieving endorphin’s throughout the body. So the next time your in the need for pain relief, before […]