Pilates Workshop Specialty Programs
The important principles of Pilates are consistent with an exercise program that promotes back health. In particular, learning awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthening the deep postural muscles that support this alignment are important skills for the back pain patient. Patients with pain stemming from excessive movement and degeneration of the intervertebral discs and joints are particularly likely to benefit from a Pilates exercise program. In addition, postural asymmetries can be improved thus decreasing wear and tear resulting from uneven stresses on the intervertebral joints and discs.
Pilates improves strength, flexibility and suppleness of the muscles of the hip and shoulder girdle. Fluid and supported movement through these joints helps prevent unnecessary torque on the vertebral column.
The Pilates program also teaches awareness of movement habits that may stress the spine, and helps change these habits and replace them with ones that allow the body to function efficiently.
Individuals with significant back problems may benefit from several private Pilates sessions in order to learn the moves correctly.
For more information, please call The Pilates Workshop at 615-289-9939.
Pilates for Sports
Are you a golfer, tennis player, or a runner? If you are an athlete, whatever your sport or level, Pilates can help you improve your sport!
Pilates helps to correct muscle imbalances which in turn helps to prevent injuries. Pilates also requires a greater range of joint motion and therefore works to stretch and strengthen the muscles.
Call us to set up your sport specific training that will help you improve and be the best at your sport!
Knowing how to position the body and move adeptly works to your child’s advantage on the soccer field or on the tennis court. These abilities don’t just boost your child’s game, they also lower the risk of sports injuries. One of the best ways to develop children’s awareness of body mechanics is through the practice of PILATES.
Pilates comprises over 500 low-impact exercises that can be done as a mat workout or with the aid of specially devised machines. The exercises strengthen the body’s center – called the powerhouse. A fundamental technique is to work from the powerhouse while performing a series of leg and arm movements. The body is kept properly aligned while going through the moves precisely and smoothly. Mental concentration and breathing rhythms are incorporated. Pilates is an inclusive form of exercise in that the workout can be adapted for all levels of fitness and learning capacity.
For kids under 12, the focus is on fun. They like being on the floor because this puts everyone on the same level including the adult teacher. They also like trying some of the fun exercises like “rolling like a ball” or “teaser”. There is also a tremendous value for children in the development of breathing capacity, increased circulation, ownership of their bodies and the control of their minds through mental focus/quieting. Pilates promotes proper posture which can help kids get into the habit of sitting properly when watching TV or working at their computers. The workout also complements the sports activities that kids enjoy. The core muscles and the agility acquired through Pilates help performance in games and competitions.
Kids 12 and over are introduced to classic Pilates moves and to some equipment. You can focus more on form and technique. Pilates benefits teens because at this age many are feeling awkward about their bodies and the program teaches them control over the body and posture. If they are involved in sports or dance, the increase in coordination, stamina and efficiency of movement are helpful in the prevention of injuries.
The Pilates Workshop offers classes for all ages. Please call 615-289-9939 for more information on a class that is right for your child.