Client Spotlight Joan

Client Spotlight:  Joan – 76 years young!

By | Client Spotlight

Joan, thank you for sharing a bit about yourself. I’m 76 years young. I have a fantastic son and two amazing, wonderful grandchildren; my objective opinion of course!  I retired as a Realtor® and Certified Financial Planner several years ago after spending almost 40 years owning and managing rental property.  I enjoy creative cooking and draw inspiration from my herb garden.  I love to travel and I’m looking forward to a return trip to Spain next year.   Funny as it seems, I tend to plan my vacations around missing as few Pilates sessions as possible!   I feel strong, vibrant and younger than…

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Pilates Northwest Client Spotlight: L.T.

Client Spotlight: L.T.

By | Client Spotlight, Pilates for Men

MEN DO PILATES! at Pilates Northwest L.T.’s story: My job as a flight nurse has me constantly climbing in and out of helicopters and ambulances, sitting and twisting awkwardly, and lifting patients and all kinds of different equipment throughout the day.  Ergonomics are difficult, even on the best days. For me, this physical stress on my body is complicated by cerebral palsy, a condition I’ve had since birth that causes spasticity in the muscles, reducing my range of motion and flexibility. It impacts how I stand, walk, sit, and move throughout my day and it impacts how I fatigue and recover….

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Instructor Spotlight: June 2018

By | Instructor Spotlight

Patti You’ve been a fully certified Pilates instructor for years now. Tell us about that. In the late 90’s, I became a Certified Fitness Instructor and loved it. Soon thereafter I was introduced to Pilates by my sister-in-law and soon-to-be mentor, Bonnie. I fell in love with Pilates and was fully certified on all Pilates equipment by Body Arts and Science International, a rigorous program which includes anatomy, postural analysis, and many hours of Pilates training. What does Pilates do for you, personally? I get immense personal satisfaction from sharing my knowledge with my Pilates clients. I also feel a…

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Instructor Spotlight: March 2018

By | Instructor Spotlight

Helen You’ve been a fully certified Pilates instructor for years now.  Tell us about that. Yes, I was certified by Jane Erskine at the Pacific Northwest School of Pilates back in 2001 after practicing Pilates as a client at her studio for over 10 years, and I’ve been teaching ever since. In addition to my training with Jane, I’ve attended numerous workshops with other wonderful teachers who have been very influential, most notably Dixie Schulman, who studied with Pilates elder Kathy Grant. Whenever I use a quirky cue that makes my clients laugh, I know Dixie is watching over me!…

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Pilates Northwest’s Top 5

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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