Where Pilates and Physical Therapy Meet

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. This interesting and growing relationship between Pilates and physical therapy is what we will look at more closely in this article.

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Top 25 Fitness Tips for Busy Moms

Top 25 Fitness Tips for Busy Moms

By Kim Summers, ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

Now that the kids are almost back in school and our calendars are filling up with their Fall activities, we wanted to offer up some suggestions on how to find the time to keep us Mom’s healthy and fit too.

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Staying Healthy during Pregnancy

Staying Healthy during Pregnancy

Pilates is the ideal form of exercise for pregnancy. It is no impact, body balancing and core strengthening. By practicing Pilates throughout your pregnancy, you will maintain a stronger core, experience a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery, and recover more quickly. Pilates will also help you to get back into your pre pregnancy clothes quicker.

As a woman’s posture changes during pregnancy many women experience back pain. As the baby moves your center of gravity forwards your low back experiences additional sway. In addition, the extra weight of larger breasts may cause your shoulders […]

Pilates for the Over 50s

Pilates for the Over 50’s

When Pilates was first invented, it was so new and specialized that only a very few trained practitioners could do the exercises. However, in the past few years the use of Pilates exercises has become common in the United States. There are many professionals spread across the whole country running Pilates studios staffed with certified instructors. People who follow the Pilates exercise program discover many benefits like better body posture, improved muscle flexibility, and balance. The program is so good that of all the exercise programs out there nothing compares to Pilates for aged […]

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

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The Benefits of Pilates

The Benefits of Pilates | Just what can Pilates exercises do for you?

By Barbara Russi Sarnataro

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” — Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.

Runner or golfer, tennis player or new mom, chances are you’ve heard someone talking about the benefits of Pilates. Many types of people, at many levels of fitness, who have begun doing Pilates exercises say they’ve seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, and […]

Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive Capsulitis a.k.a ‘Frozen Shoulder’ is a condition that effects the health and agility of the shoulder joint. The symptoms include stiffening of the joint, decreased range of motion, searing pain, loss of shoulder function, postural issues and loss of sleep. There are many theories but no known causes for the disorder. 2% of the population seems to be affected and most are women between the ages of 40-60. There are many medical treatments, most of which seem costly and ineffective. The condition seems to mysteriously disappear after 2-3 years, however, there are often residual effects. I, […]

Pilates Exercises for Osteoporosis

Pilates Exercises for Osteoporosis

Pilates is an exercise technique that conditions the entire body and can help build bone and muscle strength. You can learn Pilates by taking classes or on your own.

You’ve probably heard that “weight-bearing exercises” — like walking — can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become weak and brittle over time. But don’t overlook Pilates as a potential skeleton-saving workout.

Not only can these core-strengthening workouts strengthen bones and help prevent future injury, they may also help melt belly fat, which may further help protect against osteoporosis. Last year, […]

Gardening Tips for Avoiding Back Pain | Balance Massage & Fitness

Helpful tips from Balance Massage and Fitness to help prevent injuries while gardening.

Gardening Tips for Avoiding Back Pain

Spring is here and summer is near, its the perfect time for gardening! Join us this Saturday for the morning Mat Pilates class at 10am where Lindsay will incorporate exercises to enhance your gardening skills and give tips for preventing injuries. Balance Massage & Fitness is located in Hillsboro, Oregon, just outside of Portland.

Gardening is usually one of the first activities of the season where we subject ourselves to sudden bursts of activity and really put our backs […]

Reform Your Form

I’m lying on a sliding plank, my legs are lost somewhere above my head and my feet are hooked into pulleyed straps. This is no naughty game; this is Pilates on the reformer.

During World War One, a German man named Joseph Pilates, interned as an “enemy alien” in England, was rigging hospital beds with springs in the name of fitness.

Pilates, founder of the exercise system of the same name, was creating a means for bedridden patients to participate in his fitness regime. By attaching springs to the beds, Pilates gave these patients the ability to work against […]