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Pilates

Larry H. Bernstein, MD, FCAP, Curator

LPBI

 

Mind-body*. Core Strength. Core Stability.

You’ve heard those terms before but what are they? Well, they are much more than the latest fitness buzzwords – they are keys to a healthier lifestyle through mindful movement and Pilates.

Pilates is an innovative and safe system of mind-body exercise using a floor mat or a variety of equipment. It evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates and can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, capable of creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. (Yeah, we know – who doesn’t want that?)

It is a safe, sensible exercise system that will help you look and feel your very best. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates also improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain.

No matter what your age or condition, it will work for you, but don’t just take our word for it. According to the SGMA, in the U.S. alone nearly nine million people participated in Pilates in 2009 – a staggering 456% increase from 2000.

 

A group experience

Does working out with others help you stay motivated and focused? Do you need the camaraderie (and discipline) of scheduled classes to keep you on track? If so, group reformer or mat classes at a localstudio or club may be the best fit. Many clubs offer free mat classes to introduce their members to Pilates. Most group Reformer classes typically carry a fee.

To find a studio, club, rehab clinic or wellness center near you that offers Pilates, visit our Pilates Studio Finder.

 

Pilates and physical therapy

In addition, Pilates is now offered at many rehabilitation clinics and wellness centers. If you’ve been injured or are seeking physical therapy for chronic neck and back pain, hip/knee replacements, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, scoliosis or other conditions, research is showing that Pilates can be an effective treatment. Discuss any treatment program with your healthcare team.

For more on Pilates for rehabilitation and sports medicine applications, our Library may be helpful.

 

Good Pilates technique includes intricacies of both movement and breathing that are best explained and demonstrated by a qualified instructor.

 

For all of us in this community, it’s about movement and how it can change people’s lives. And that’s what we are – a community. We’re all partners in this and when you do well, we do well, so we want you know you have our unwavering support.

We’re a diverse bunch – different nationalities, different styles, perhaps even different philosophies. But the big picture remains the same. We are all trying to make this world a healthier place. Whether it’s our own health, a friend’s, or a client’s, we’ve made a conscious decision: we believe in Pilates and mindful movement and the life-altering benefits they can bestow.

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