Pilates and Older Adults: A Gentler, Effective Way to Stay Fit

Article Found on Pilates.com | by Ken Endelman

For the older population keeping fit is essential. But so many forms of exercise can be hard on the bodies of older adults. Many have turned to Pilates sessions at their local clubs as a way to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions-many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy.

“Pilates is perfect for older adults because it does not have the […]

Do You Need a Recovery Period After Pilates?

Article Found on HealthyLiving

If you regularly weight train, you know that you need about 48 hours between workouts for your muscles to recover and repair. Pilates, a mind-body exercise system that focuses on the core musculature of the trunk, is different, however. Although it offers moderate resistance training, you can do Pilates training daily, without leaving a recovery period.

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Tips to Maintain Good Posture

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. We recognize poor posture when we see it formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years and evident in many adults. But only few people have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

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The Popular Workout That's Great For Healing Injuries

Article by Karena Wu | Found on MindBodyGreen

We all love Pilates for its core-strengthening benefits. But as a physical therapist, I also love it for another reason—because it doubles as a great rehabilitation tool.

Pilates was developed based on the concept of integration and comprehensive physical exercise. It was originally used by dancers, but has since expanded to the entire population for both training and rehabilitation.

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Meditation and Yoga Can ‘Reverse’ DNA Reactions Which Cause Stress, New Study Suggests

Article Found on Science Daily

Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Radboud.

The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, reviews over a decade of studies analysing how the behaviour of our genes is affected by different MBIs including mindfulness and yoga.

Experts from the universities conclude that, when examined together, the 18 studies — featuring 846 participants over 11 years — reveal a pattern […]

Pilates Helps Power Recovery for Breast Cancer Patient

By Chelsea Streifeneder | Featured on  Poughkeepsie Journal 

Pilates and cancer. Not two things we would think go together; however, they go together just like peanut butter and jelly, believe it or not.

Unfortunately, in one way or another, we all have been either personally affected or know someone who has or had some type of cancer. These past few years we have had more and more people come into the studio with cancer, either before, during and/or after treatment and surgeries. All of these people amaze me! They show up, do the work and always come back for more.

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Fibromyalgia Exercise, One Step at a Time

Article by Ellen Greenlaw | Reviewed By David T. Derrer, MD | Featured on WebMD

When Lynne Matallana was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she spent most of her time in bed. Then her doctor suggested she get some exercise.

“I knew I’d have to start really slowly, so I started exercising while I was still in bed,” says Matallana, president and founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. “I’d do some stretching for about half an hour and then take a rest.”

Gradually she worked up to walking to the mailbox and back, and then to more steady exercise on […]

Why Mindful Breathing Works

Article by Deborah Schoeberlein David | Featured on Huffington Post

Giving feedback is a whole lot easier than receiving it, especially about writing. So today, when I got an earful about what how to improve my blogs on mindfulness, I felt stressed. But then I remembered to practice what I preach. Put simply, I took a conscious breath, and then another, and so on.

As a result, I gained two insights. First, I can and should strive to write better, as I hope this post will demonstrate. Second, when I follow my own advice (and that of many, many […]

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. […]

Rehabilitation: A Different Kind of Pilates

By Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS As seen in the Fall 2005 Balanced Body Pilates COREterly

Pilates continues to receive attention in the field of rehabilitation – with good reason. Recent research supports Pilates as an appropriate intervention for common orthopedic injuries. And when compared to other common forms of rehabilitation, it has been equal if not superior in physical, psychological and disability measures.

What is Pilates for rehabilitation? Is it the original or classical work touted by millions around the world as the best “ab–buster”? No. It is, however, the powerful and flexible environment that Pilates equipment can […]