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#1: Fascia in Pilates
Chances are you’ve heard about fascia and its importance in the human body – But how do we take this information and apply it to our training sessions with clients? – Kate Strozak, NCPT Polestar Educator
What we do not tend to consider is how much the autonomic nervous system plays a role in our clients’ limitations and how much addressing it within our movement work could help them. – Kristin Loeer, NCPT Polestar Mentor
Pilates is particularly suitable for addressing the body as a whole thereby lending dynamic, full body conditioning in addition to the restoration of optimal function and mechanics. – Kate Strozak, NCPT Polestar Educator
Pilates is celebrated for its ability to sculpt and strengthen the body. Core strength, improved posture, and ability to lengthen and tone muscles are just some of the effects that come from a regular Pilates practice. In this article, you will discover four lesser-known, surprising benefits of Pilates.
Ever since Joseph Pilates opened the first Pilates studio for dancers almost a century ago, Pilates has been widely adopted by people from all walks of life, all over the world. Pilates continues to be one of the most widely adopted forms of exercise to this day. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a relative newcomer to the exercise scene, and it’s also gaining a huge global following. So which is it better for your health? Pilates or high intensity training?
Is core strength your goal from Pilates? This is a goal many of my clients note on their intake form when they come to see me. Not surprising, considering Pilates is considered a discipline that improves core strength. Yet, every time I see “core strength” as a goal, I wonder what it means to the client. Truth is, this goal does not reveal as much as you might think. Here’s what you need to know before you start working on core strength with your clients.
Should I perform some exercises just on one side? Should I choose exercises that rotate me to the opposite direction of the curve? Should I do an extra set of movements to one side? I just saw research that side plank exercises can reduce curve degrees…should I be doing these? To answer these questions we must understand how scoliosis affects movement. – Lise Stolze MPT, DSc
#8: What do I need to know about the Nervous System?
Before diving deep into pathologies and individual situations, it is always helpful to first gain understanding in any broad topic. While certainly our bodies adapt, form various anomalies, and occasionally pathologies, it is astounding how our bodies are intended to function and do function for the majority of time and cases! Also, understanding the function of systems helps us to better understand how to work more effectively with them and also helps us to better understand when there are changes in function.
My first major hip injury was more than 30 years ago while water skiing, and I have been managing hip pain ever since. Two weeks ago, I had a state-of-the-art anterior total hip replacement. I couldn’t be more pleased or impressed with my surgeon and my rehab team at Polestar Miami. I want to share the emotional, behavioral, and spiritual journey preparing me for a total hip replacement. – Brent Anderson PT, PhD, OCS, NCPT
You may have heard about “CBD” in Yoga, Movement and Pilates classes and may have seen “CBD” products at your local Pilates Studio. No, it does not stand for Core – Booty – Dance (although that sounds fun and we think you should develop it) Whats the deal? What is it? Will CBD help you hold a teaser or open your heart in a backbend?