Introducing Pilates at Hope PT and Wellness…but why?
Pilates? I thought you said pie and lattes!
What is Pilates? Initially called “Contrology”, Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in Germany during World War I and was brought to the United States in the 1920’s. Pilates has grown into a worldwide fitness phenomenon that, while it has taken on some modernized principles, is still heavily rooted in the classical principles Joe created.
“Pilates is a system of physical and mental conditioning that can enhance your physical strength, flexibility, and coordination, as well as reduce stress, improve mental focus, and foster an improved sense of well-being. Pilates can be for anyone and everyone.” ~Rael Isacowitz/Karen Clippinger, Pilates Anatomy
Who can do Pilates? Virtually anyone can do Pilates! In fact, Joseph initially intended it to be a main form of conditioning for men, specifically soldiers, it became a primary mode of training and rehab for dancers, and has been kept alive mostly by women over the years. Pilates is a more gentle form of rehab than some traditional forms of exercise, so it is appropriate for clients of all ages, children, and those more experienced in years as well.
Why Pilates in rehab? Pilates is easily modified for special needs, abilities, and
restrictions/precautions, so it is an excellent tool for rehabilitation. Since Pilates has a base in core stabilization, breathing, mobility and concentration, it can be easily used as an effective and gentle form of rehab for a multitude of clients! In addition, it can be modified for virtually any weight-bearing status, be performed with or without equipment, and be performed in sitting, standing, and/or lying down on your back, side or belly!
At HOPE, you can try traditional Pilates through our cash pay wellness program option, or get the benefits of Pilates exercises in your current Physical Therapy program. Ask your therapist or the front desk for more information! And remember to just breathe and be well!
Heather Eslinger, MPT, Pilates Instructor