Using the Pilates Method for
Rehab, Fitness and Healing
By: Joanna Corliss, OTR/L
Developed in the 1920’s by Joseph Pilates, these low impact moves are ideal for fitness and for those recovering from injuries. Professionals all over the world including professional athletes and dancers use the Pilates method. There are no age or fitness limitations to this form of exercise. The Pilates method integrates overall trunk stabilization and developmental sequencing. There are six principles a certified instructor focuses on: breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow of movement, and precision.
Pilates incorporates a variety of exercises which can be advanced as one masters each movement sequence. The beauty of the Pilates method is that many muscles are recruited during each exercise, versus one muscle group with traditional weight-lifting. By learning the mind-body connection, performance is enhanced, muscular imbalances are eliminated and movement patterns are perfected enhancing athletic performance. If you are looking to develop a strong core resulting in toned abdominals, a strong back, and increased flexibility with no jarring forces on joints and muscles, the Pilates method of movement is right for you.
“Pilates is complete coordinate of body, mind and spirit. It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” Joseph H. Pilates