Core Strength. Core Stability. Mind-Body Connection
Pilates is a core-based exercise system, founded by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, which has now become hugely popular across the world! Pilates training requires body awareness of your core alignment and musculature. Once this is accomplished, exercises for the spine and extremities are performed to not only challenge the core stabilization, but to make increases in flexibility, strength and endurance all over your body!
Aside from practicing Pilates on the mat for your exercises, Pilates can also be performed on equipment, such as a Pilates Reformer, which is part of the Four Pines rehabilitation equipment. The Reformer is a spring resistance-based platform machine which is extremely versatile, so it can comfortably be used for all body conditions and types. Depending on your site of injury or limitation, you may find yourself exercising while standing, lying on your back, sitting on a box or in high kneeling.
Plus, unlike other exercises that stop working for you when you stop exercising - the practice of learning to engage and hold your core doesn’t need to stop after your Physical Therapy session at Four Pines Physical Therapy– it’s a practice to be used throughout your day, at work and in PLAY!
Pilates Movement Principles:
- Core Activation
- Neutral Spine
- Abdominal Strengthening
- Lumbopelvic Stability
- Spinal Strength and Mobility
- Scapular Stability and Mobility
- Correcting Alignment
- Release Work