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12 Jan 2017

12 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Pilates for Your Peace of Mind

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Pilates is more than just a workout. Any person who’s been doing it for at least a couple of months knows that Pilates doesn’t only sculpt your body but it also clears your mind and gives you energy and inner serenity. But what is so special about Pilates?

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14 Dec 2016

How Pilates Can Help Those Who Are Affected By Depression

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Sometimes life can just seem like it’s too much. When we have mindsets like that, we tend to get the feeling that our life is in a downward spiral and that we are losing control of ourselves. While that’s not always the case, it’s an overwhelming, depressing feeling that we can get that can lead us to have destructive thoughts and habits.

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6 Dec 2016

How Physical Exercise Can Help Your Mental Recovery

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Doctors, medical researchers, and fitness gurus have been promoting the benefits of regular exercise for many years. Although people often talk about benefits related to muscle density, strength, and joint protection, physical exercise also helps improve mental health and overall recovery during and/or after a serious physical event like an accident, an acute or chronic illness, a surgery, or an addiction problem. Dealing with a mental illness, trauma, or other event can be devastating, but learning to cope through physical exercise is becoming a common method of release and recovery. Consider these top three mental recovery benefits of exercise.

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1 Dec 2016

THE NEW RULES OF SPINAL EXTENSION By Shari Berkowitz

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What is spinal extension? In the world of biomechanics, spinal extension is returning your spine upright after being in spinal flexion (rounded forward). That means back to your “natural curves.” However, in Pilates, we speak of extension as a backbend. For the sake of this article, let’s use this Pilates interpretation. Flexion is where inward curves round outward, and all curves match in degree of curvature relative to the natural outward curve of the thoracic (mid) spine. Therefore, extension is the direct opposite: where outward curves curve inward matching the degree of curvature relative to the natural inward curve of the lumbar spine (lower back).

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18 Nov 2016

What is a Functional Diastasis?

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Through increased awareness and education, Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, or DRA, is becoming a more widely recognized and treated condition. DRA is a condition in which the linea alba thins and there appears to be a gap between the left and right sides of the rectus abdominis muscles (Read more here). Pilates teachers are perfectly poised to identify this condition and design appropriate workouts for clients who have DRA that at best, will not worsen the diastasis, and at best, will improve it.

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18 Nov 2016

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

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Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.

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26 Aug 2016

6 Pilates Moves to Try if You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Could Pilates, the body-conditioning program created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, help you manage the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

The answer may be, “Yes.”

Regular exercise and proper posture are key recommendations for people with AS, according to the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA). Pilates can help with that — and more. “Pilates is a movement system designed to promote strength and flexibility through spinal articulation, proper breathing, alignment, focus, concentration, and control via training the body’s core musculature,” explains Shannon Foley, PT, CPT, owner of EnCore Pilates in Gainesville, Florida, and a physical therapist and Pilates instructor who has worked with people with the condition.

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14 Jul 2016

Pilates for Parkinson’s gives patients hope

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“I think it helps you become more coordinated and balanced,” said Tubergen at a recent class at Community Hospital West’s Healthplex. “You’re never going to cure it this way, but it’s going to be helpful.”

So two days a week, he meets with class instructor Meggan Breen. She uses Pilates reformers to strengthen Tubergen’s core muscles and she believes he’s made progress.

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11 May 2016

A randomized controlled study investigating static and dynamic balance in older adults after training with Pilates.

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Although there were no significant between-group differences, participation in the Pilates component of the study led to improved static and dynamic balance. The absence of differences between conditions may be a result of small sample size or the crossover study design because Pilates may produce neuromuscular adaptations of unknown resilience.

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10 Feb 2016

An Analysis of Muscle Activities of Healthy Women during Pilates Exercises in a Prone Position

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The spine plays a crucial role in reducing the stress delivered to each segment when a person moves and balances the shearing forces that occur between spinal segments. It has been reported that strengthening the upper and lower extremities enables efficient functioning of the lumbar region, and strengthening the lumbar region enables efficient functioning of the upper and lower extremities