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By | Pilates Information, Posture

TOP 5 Reasons We Love Pilates It Helps Increase Flexibility: By using a unique system of lengthening muscles while also strengthening, Pilates helps create long, lean, more flexible muscles and fascia with increased range of motion potential. This helps reduce injury from shortened, overly tight, poorly aligned muscles. It Focuses on Strengthening while Toning: Pilates improves muscular strength and tone without increasing bulk. Strong, functional muscles help the body avoid injury, perform everyday tasks, and helps keep posture upright. Its Movements Enhance Joint Function: By improving strength and flexibility while moving in a more optimal alignment during your sessions, joint alignment can…

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Pilates for Men

By | Pilates for Men

Although men and women are physically very different, everyone can benefit from Pilates. Most people are not aware the founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, was a boxer, skier, diver and gymnast. He originally developed his exercise system based upon the body, mind, and spirit after spending years studying various forms of exercise to improve his health. (Joseph Pilates was a very sick child who suffered from asthma and other illnesses.)  Pilates’ exercise system was originally developed for men with physical rehabilitation in mind and later expanded to women. How can men benefit from Pilates? Many professional athletes including LeBron James,…

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Our “50-Plus Crowd” Loves Pilates!

By | Pilates for Seniors

Due to advances in modern medicine, people are living longer. As a result, they commonly experience age-related issues such as loss of balance, decrease in flexibility, back and joint pain and osteoporosis. Whether you are young, senior or just young at heart, Pilates is a form of exercise that can help alleviate and improve these age-related conditions. Pilates is a unique form of exercise that stimulates the mind and body together.  Pilates emphasizes quality, intentional movement.  It is often referred to as intelligent exercise because of its thoughtful, mind body approach.  By focusing on correct spinal, postural and pelvic alignment,…

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Pilates and Reversing “Computer Posture”

By | Back Pain, Computer posture, Muscle Toning, Pilates Information, Posture, Spinal Alignment

Practicing Pilates helps many things from core strength, to long lean muscles and a streamlined midsection with lifted, tall posture.  But as an increasingly large portion of our population spends hours and hours each day on computers and devices from phones to tablets, there’s a specific postural problem emerging.  I’ve heard it called “text neck”, “slumpy computer spine” and “question mark posture”.  I’m sure there are many words for this collapsed, flexed, downward gazing, rounded, hunched over position people get into and stay in for hours on end. The Beginning of an Antidote Put simply, the antidote to this postural…

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Pilates and Posture: Get Tall, Long and Upright!

By | Pilates Information, Posture

Most of you have seen or heard terms like “text neck”, “sway back”, “forward head posture” and alike.  We could go on and on.  There are so many terms out there for misaligned posture, but what is proper alignment and how do we get it by doing Pilates? First, let’s define upright optimal posture.  Counter to intuition, it’s not just “chest up, shoulders back, suck in the belly” while standing.  While these cues have been heard by most of us, they don’t provide good posture nor do they help improve postural alignment. Postural alignment starts when there is structural balance…

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What are the Benefits of Pilates after Pregnancy?

By | Pilates and Pregnancy

There are many benefits of Pilates after your pregnancy. Post partum Pilates is one of our specialties here at Pilates Northwest. The right Pilates exercise program can help with post partum needs such as body misalignment, a weak core, back pain, and postural issues like those from carrying a newborn. After childbirth and through the first couple of years after having a baby, mothers need personal attention. Having a session dedicated to bringing the body back together after childbirth is important. Here is a short list of structural issues we work with during and after pregnancy: Sway back (lordosis): The…

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How can Pilates help as you age?

By | Pilates for Seniors, Pilates Information

With age, bodily functions change. There is typically a decrease in muscle mass and the nervous system and muscular systems function less optimally. The heart rate can decline with age along with the ability to take in and use oxygen. These changes, along with hormonal changes, can lead to a reduction in metabolism, the degree at which the resting body uses fat and other sources to make fuel. Body fat can increase. Pilates is a safe fitness practice that can help counter many of the negative effects of aging. By improving the body’s function, Pilates helps you maintain a good…

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The Benefits of Pilates during Pregnancy

By | Pilates Information

There are many benefits of Pilates during your pregnancy. The right exercise program can help alleviate pain that you may begin to feel in your back or your joints during your pregnancy. Pilates will help you gain awareness of your changing posture and by strengthening your body you can be better prepared for your delivery. We recommend discontinuing impactful, high intensity exercise programs during pregnancy. Since Pilates can be adjusted for you, your pregnancy and your trimester, it’s a great choice. During pregnancy, we believe in increasing strength and rejuvenation since the body is going through many changes and pregnant…

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Can plus size and overweight people do Pilates?

By | Pilates Information

At Pilates Northwest, we have clients of all shapes and sizes. We have younger, older, injured, fit, beginners and advanced. They all get what they need here. We adapt Pilates to their needs. For overweight people, determining what exercise modality is best has several considerations. As body fat significantly increases, range of motion, speed and agility typically decreases. We keep these things in mind. We won’t ask your body to do something it is not ready for. We will not start you too quickly. We will honor where you are and ask you where you want to go. We’ve seen…

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Can Pilates help back pain?

By | Back Pain, Pilates Information, Posture, Spinal Alignment

At Pilates Northwest, we see a lot of clients with back pain – from low back pain, pain around the shoulder blades, pain in the upper trapezius muscles, to pain in the rib areas and mid back – we’ve seen it all. In today’s computer-based, high stress society, we get a lot of people who come in with the goal of lessening their back pain. Practicing Pilates is a great way to do this. For those with severe back pain, consulting with your physician if often the first step. We want to be sure there are no contraindications to exercise…

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