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Pilates is a System of Exercise

How did Pilates originate?

Pilates is a system of exercise that has been in the United States since 1926 when Joseph Pilates and his partner Clare settled in NYC after immigrating from Germany.At this time in history there was a revolution in health and wellness-being practices, particularly in Germany. Joseph Pilates studied principals of body movement, physical discipline and philosophy.The system of exercise that Joseph Pilates developed was designed to be on done on a mat or platform as well as on various pieces of equipment that he invented.
A laminated watercolor was hung in Joseph Pilates NYC studio. It was a stream flowing through an Alpine Meadow. The German inscription can be translated to  “It is the mind that builds the body” or “it is the spirit that creates the body”.This was his vision.
I feel that Joseph Pilates system  was ahead of his time and it has evolved into a perfect system of exercise for our times.His focus on ’The Core’ and emphasis on what we call ‘Functional Fitness’ can fit our health and fitness needs perfectly.


THE BENEFITS OF PILATES…
WHAT YOU CAN DISCOVER FOR YOURSELF!
You will learn to…
– Improve alignment, balance, and mobility.
– Connect with your ‘powerhouse’ known as the core.
– Develop a deep strength as well as increased flexibility.
– Correct muscle imbalances for decreased pain and restriction.
– Discover that you perform better in physical activities, sports or daily activities.
– Minimize the effects of sitting and working at a computer for hours. – Breathe deeper, manage stress, and have more energy.
– Discover a deeper awareness of your body and a quieter mind.

You will learn to…
– Improve alignment, balance, and mobility.
– Connect with your ‘powerhouse’ known as the core.
– Develop a deep strength as well as increased flexibility.
– Correct muscle imbalances for decreased pain and restriction.
– Discover that you perform better in physical activities, sports or daily activities.
– Minimize the effects of sitting and working at a computer for hours. – Breathe deeper, manage stress, and have more energy.
– Discover a deeper awareness of your body and a quieter mind.

Written by: Peggy Normandin Owner Body Dynamics Pilates Studio Cumberland RI.


Understanding Bone Health and Osteoporosis

Bone is a living tissue which continuously regenerates itself in process known as remodeling. Bone formation is greater than bone resolution (breakdown) during youth and adolescence allowing us to build maximum bone density. Estrogen is one of the major preservers of bone tissue, keeping our bone breakdown in check through the middle years. Menopausal and post menopausal women experience the loss of bone tissue partially due to the loss of estrogen. This puts them at a greater risk for osteoporosis. Specific activities like Pilates for Osteoporosis can improve bone density. Building strong bones is possible and fortunately Osteoporosis is preventable if measures are taken early. These measures include diet, lifestyle and exercise.

Exercise is often recommended but not in a specific manner.

Pilates is great for building bone if done correctly and the following components are used; impact, changes in direction and tempo, force. 

Understanding what movements are not good for people with Osteoporosis is also imperative.

Why skeletal alignment is important for bone strength; 

  1. Improves force transmission through the bones.
  2. Reduces chance of falling.
  3. Reduces chance of spinal fractures. 

Bones are regenerated and strengthen through forces acting on them when you are weight-bearing, doing resistance exercise, and impact activities. In our Pilates for Strong Core &Strong Bones classes we incorporate these activities. Core strength and balance are foundations of Pilates. 

“Fifty percent of women and 12 percent of men will suffer a osteoporosis-related break after reaching the age of 50”

(Quote from OsteoPilates by Karena Thek Lineback)

Written by: Peggy Normandin Owner Body Dynamics Pilates Studio Cumberland RI.

www.bodydynamicsri.com

Please see our class schedule for the times of our Strong Core/Strong Bones classes.