Pilates will Help You:
· Lengthen, strengthen and tone muscles
· Improve posture and alignment
· Build abdominal strength and stability
· Enhance athletic performance
· Relieve chronic pain caused by muscle imbalances
· Regain lost flexibility, coordination and strength after an injury
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a non-impact, whole body workout practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels. It can be gentle enough for post-rehabilitative or prenatal conditioning,yet tough enough to challenge the super-fit. No matter what your individual fitness goals, Pilates will increase your confidence and comfort in your body. In fact, many clients report that the awareness and vitality they gain through Pilates has changed the quality of their life.
Fundamentally, Pilates invites people to move in healthier, more efficient ways. Lifelong habits, or adaptation from accidents, can become a daily source of limitation. Deirdre Wait, a 40 year old graphic designer whose work required sitting at a desk all day, was experiencing chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain combined with debilitating tension headaches. Regular Pilates practice restored her strength and flexibility while improving overall posture and carriage. She was pain free in six months.
The success of Pilates conditioning stems from one simple premise: Take every day movements “out of context” to challenge and develop conscious physical control of body movement. Running in place, a common warm up done lying down on the reformer (pictured above) that involves simply holding core stability while lowering one heel and raising the other can change how you stand, walk and even run! This equipment was specifically developed to help clients experience continuous challenge with a variety of movements, avoiding the boredom and injury potential that can result from repetitive exercise.
How is Pilates with Diana different?
After an accident seriously injured her shoulder in 1993, Diana was introduced to Pilates-based methods of recuperation. The ease and speed with which she regained the complete use of her arm so impressed her, she went on to become a certified teacher. Diana uses pilates to help her clients develop a better awareness of how their bodies move. Her ability to increase awareness of specific muscle and joint alignment sets the stage for improved balance and coordination as well as stronger, more efficient movement. For her, pilates isn’t a fad, it is a lens through which she can see her clients leading healthier lives. By nurturing her clients through significant physical changes, she helps them achieve their goals.