Why Pilates Was The One Thing That Finally Healed My Lifelong Injury

Original Article By Erika Bloom

As a young dancer, I was dancing up to eight hours a day. I was determined and hardworking—fully dedicated to an art I loved.

The only problem? I had pain in my hip that was preventing me from lifting my left leg into a full extension. The pain became stiffness that gave me a limp when I walked, and the stiffness turned into loss of feeling in that leg. That was just the first in a series of injuries that forced me to take time off from dancing.

I decided to take math, physics, and anatomy classes […]

Pilates helps 64-year-old with nerve pain; 'I can do more things now than I could in my 30s'

Original Article By Live Well Nebraska

Former dancer and gymnast Karen Kocourek has always kept a busy and active lifestyle.

When she retired as a pharmaceutical rep, she took up Zumba, to get a little bit of dance back in her life. She added weight lifting and machine work at the gym to her routine.

Her daughter Katrinka Stayton urged her mom to try Pilates last year. She thought

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Is Pilates Good Exercise for Seniors?

 

Original Article By Marguerite Ogle

Pilates is generally appropriate for senior fitness, and it is gaining popularity among senior citizens. The ability to modify exercises to meet differing needs, along with the many benefits of the Pilates method, such as increased levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and well-being, make Pilates an inviting senior exercise program. After all, Joseph Pilates practiced his method into his eighties.

Classes for Seniors

It is possible to learn Pilates from online instruction, videos, and books. However, I recommend starting out in a group or private class with a certified Pilates instructor.

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Here Are the Health Benefits of Pilates

Original Article By Markham Heid

People who dance are easy to spot, even offstage. “They’re very aware of their body’s position in space, and they move almost like cats,” says Marie-Louise Bird, a Pilates researcher and post-doctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. “But most of us are more like puppy dogs, moving without much attention paid to our posture.”

Luckily, the puppy dogs among us don’t have to go to dance school to get better body awareness. They can just do Pilates.

Ever since Joseph Pilates founded his studio in New York City about a century ago, […]

Why Pilates Is the Missing Link in Your Fitness Regimen

Original Article By Cassie Shortsleeve

It’s time to stop scoffing at Pilates. While the workout Opens a New Window. —which focuses on building core strength Opens a New Window. , mobility, flexibility, and strength Opens a New Window. —seems to be primarily loved by women, it was actually created by a man—a German bodybuilder at that. And today some of the fittest men on the planet (i.e. Navy SEALs) turn to the discipline to counteract their weaknesses and become more well-rounded athletes.

“When you’re out on a site somewhere, you can’t just pop into the gym and get your […]

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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