CoreBody Blog

Pilates: Effective for Injury Rehabilitation

Most people are now familiar with Pilates as the market has matured..though it is still is one of the fastest growing exercises.
Many have experienced the physical fitness benefits of Pilates – added strength, length, and agility that it provides. But few know that Pilates is rapidly rising in another area – rehabilitation from injury.

The Culprit: Muscle Imbalances
Some of my clients have experienced injuries this Fall not due to muscular imbalances (though we all have some imbalances…) but rather due…

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Proprioception – Knowing where you are in space.

Many studios have a lot of mirrors…mine does not and here’s why…your pilates class or experience will be very different if you’re looking at yourself in the mirror versus coming inside and listening to the cues your instructor is providing either to re-align you or to just move you!

If there is a mirror in a studio – in a pilates, yoga or spin class….I will admit aside from seeing my posture/alignment …I will be looking at my roots! …

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Sadhana – Taking a cue from yoga…

Fall is the perfect time to start a pilates or yoga sadhana.

Sadhana, a traditional yoga practise whereby one “endeavors to obtain a particular result”…. as in a daily
or weekly yoga or pilates practise.

When the seasons change, the kids are back in school, and Fall settles in, it is a perfect opportunity to create a sadhana.

The first stage of sadhana is to choose a practise. Then you choose a time commitment for your practice such as 90…

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Summer Balancing Act. Pilates preps us for summer fun!

Summer is a time of hiking, biking, gardening, beach-time and many fun outdoor activities. These activities all require long, flexible and strong core stabilizing muscles that we hone through our pilates . yoga practices.

Summer-time pilates balances these additional
activities listed above so we can continue to enjoy
them through the summer season.

Minimize low back pain through stabilized postural alignment and support.

Many activities can cause sore low backs, or injury through over-flexing the spine without support!

Supportive posture for summer activities…

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Finding Balance through oppositional energy

Pilates is a method of movement whereby we stabilize in one area for freedom of movement in another.

sensing weight . grounding effect

Down to go up. Grounding creates oppositional energy for the spine to develop tone. However sometimes too much tone will have clients gripping and bracing. Not enough tone will see them collapse and create stress patterns that are not informed by support.

A grounded movement helps clients root to rise from the ground upwards finding the right tone…

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