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Pilates Training to Complement Physical Therapy Program
Pilates
18th Feb

2016

Pilates is a system of exercises which emphasizes your body’s core, consisting of the abdomen, oblique muscles, the butt, lower back, and the thighs.

However, rather than stressing these muscles to the point of a maximum burn, it favors proper form to develop strength, flexibility, great posture, balance, coordination, and muscular endurance – all the elements sought by people when exercising.

Pilates

At Touch of Health Physical Rehabilitation we offer Pilates as part of our Physical Therapy conditioning program.

 

Benefits of Pilates

One of the great things about it is that it engages almost every muscle in the body, either through strengthening muscles or stretching them.

Not only is the body fully engaged, but a good deal of mental concentration is also required, because the moves are not simply mindless, repetitive motions, but instead force participants to pay attention to what they’re doing.

Named for their inventor, Joseph Pilates, these exercises were originally intended to provide an exercise regimen for injured dancers who could not fully engage in more strenuous activity.

Thus, they incorporated elements of yoga and are patterned after the graceful movements of animals in nature.

This routine can build strength without also causing weight gain, and can greatly improve muscle tone, flexibility, agility, and even reduce back pain for practitioners.

Perhaps best of all, it is a system which can be adopted by almost anyone, at any age, and in any physical condition, because it embraces a low-impact philosophy to bring about its tremendous benefits.

Popularity

It has been estimated by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) that in 2015, more than 12 million people in the United States participated in some form of Pilates.

This figure represents the latest peak in its steady growth, directly correlating to the number of people becoming aware of Pilates’ benefits.

Engaging both mind and body, Pilates would seem to be the ideal vehicle for achieving great overall fitness.

At touch of Health Physical Rehabilitation, we believe it to be a great tool to fully condition our patients.

Pilates Training is a great way to complement your physical therapy program.

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