Where Pilates and Physical Therapy Meet

An Interview with Dr. Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates

By Marguerite Ogle | Featured on Very Well

Typically, when we think of physical rehabilitation we think of physical therapy. However, with the exceptional rise in the popularity of Pilates over the past ten years, awareness of its rehabilitative effects has increased. Doctors recommend Pilates to their clients with foot, knee, back, shoulder, neck pain and more. Physical therapists are integrating Pilates equipment and exercises into their practices, and many are trained as Pilates instructors as well.


5 Core Exercises That Are Better Than Regular Planks

By K. Aleisha Fetters | Article Featured on US News

Planks are great, but they aren’t the be-all and end-all of core training. After all, most people tend to just “hang” in them – which completely sells their results short. And, even when performed properly, planks only work one section of your core muscles – and only in one specific position.


Mental Health and Pilates

Article by Risa Sheppard | Featured on Pilates Style

Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental discord in a given year. Approximately one in 25 experiences a serious mental illness in a given year. (That’s 10 million people.) And 6.9 percent of adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Meanwhile,18.1 percent experienced an anxiety disorder, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or attention disorder.


Best Pilates Exercises For Love Handles

Article Featured on Pilates Online Academy

This is a short workout for the side waist that will help you to strengthen your oblique muscles (diagonal muscles in your stomach) and also help to get rid of love handles or muffin top.

Always consult your doctor before you start doing any sort of exercises.

Listen to your body. Remember about your T-zone – extremely important.


Pilates and Parkinson’s

Article By Sarah Sessa, BSc, MCSP, MHCPC & Karen Pearce | Featured on Pilates.com

Introduction There has been increasing scientific evidence to show that exercise can be of benefit for people with Parkinson’s, with regimes that involve complex motor sequencing (Keus et al 2014), the process by which movements are broken down into separate components and practiced in order to internalise the pattern (Di Lorenzo 2011). Anecdotal evidence also supports the use of posture-rich regimes such as Pilates (Parkinson’s UK 2013). Pilates instructors are updating their qualifications and specialising in rehabilitation, including Parkinson’s, as this exciting evidence emerges (Hudson […]

Why Can’t I Get a Flat Stomach?

Article Featured on About.com | By Marguerite Ogle

Question: Reasons Why People Have Flat Stomach Problems

Many of us want a flat stomach. And lots of us do Pilates exercises and other kinds of workouts to get our coveted flat abs. Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can’t get your belly to pull in. What then?


It is frustrating to work hard and not get the flat stomach you are after. Pilates exercises are great for flat abs, so if you have been doing your Pilates properly and your belly is still sticking out, you might be […]

Diastasis Recti Exercises | What Works?

What exercises will work to close a Diastasis Recti or abdominal separation? Many commonly prescribed exercises (even a number of Pilates moves) will actually make a diastasis recti WORSE, so you need to be very careful when exercising with a diastasis.

Cardio? A bit, to lose some extra flab maybe, but it won’t address the root problem.

Pilates? You could certainly borrow a few core and postural principles from pilates … but some moves could even exacerbate the problem and won’t be the most effective diastasi recti exercises.

Yoga? Good for lower back and core strengthening if done […]

Sculpt Your Core With Kate Hudson's Pilates Workout

Article & Photos Featured on Shape.com

Celebrities are often the first to try the latest workout fads, but Kate Hudson is an (extremely fit) exception. The star has remained loyal to her Pilates practice—and instructor—for more than 15 years. During the duo’s three to five weekly sessions, Nicole Stuart puts our cover star through a challenging routine that includes a different mix of moves every time. But these four toners (or some variation of them) are always in the rotation. Add them to your workout and discover why, for a sexy body, Pilates has major staying power.

How it works: […]

The 10-Minute Core-Blasting Pilates Workout Graphic!

The 10-Minute Core-Blasting Pilates Workout Graphic!

At first glance, a Pilates studio might look like a medieval torture chamber, with strange straps and metal springs hanging from the ceiling and padded platforms called “the Reformer.” In reality, Pilates is a form of exercise that aims to develop flexibility, good posture, strength, and balance all at the same time.

In the early 20th century, Joseph Pilates invented the series of movements to help English veterans recover from injuries sustained during the First World War. Since then, Pilates has been the go-to regimen for anyone—from New York City Ballet dancers to Madonna […]

Pilates for Scoliosis

By Suzanne Martin, PT, DPT | Featured on PilatesPro

Scoliosis is a chronic spinal condition, not particularly a disease. It’s a hot topic in the Pilates world, and in the hands of a skilled instructor, Pilates can excel in the long-term training needed to help change the many factors involved in the distorted spine and unbalanced musculature associated with scoliosis. In this article, I’ll introduce you to scoliosis and provide some guidelines and Pilates exercises for working with these clients.

Pilates clients are often shocked to learn that scoliosis is not necessarily considered a diagnosis worthy of insurance reimbursement. […]