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We’ve Got the Secret Sauce – Pilates

Pilates for Rehab and Fitness
You’ve graduated from physical therapy and you’re feeling good. Now all you have to do is keep doing your home exercises and you’ll be good as gold. Easy, right? Uhh, maybe. If you are uber disciplined, can always find an extra 20 minutes in your day, never get bored doing the same exercises, then yes, good as gold.
An article in the Camera this week was about a person who wanted to run the Boulderthon half marathon, but always found it hard to go more than a few miles. On Sunday they are excited to run their first long race, thanks to strength training. In their own words, “Strength played a huge role in realizing that my legs could carry me so much farther.”
Where am I going with this you ask? Staying strong just got easier. We have the secret sauce – Pilates – an exercise form that is centering and calming while creating strength, flexibility and balance that can keep you healthy for a life time. It’s literally changed lives and it can do the same for you. The magic began with Jonathan, one of the true Pilates virtuosos, who helped us create the program in 1999. Raoul joined us not long after, and we have been offering this amazing discipline ever since. With Laura joining us, we have three excellent teachers.
Running might be your go to exercise, but to run well you need more. Yes, you can do a strength training program at home, but lets face it, it’s not as fun. This is where Pilates comes in. Pilates makes you feel good. What you don’t realize is the potential this method has to completely transform not just your body, but your mind. You leave class with the same happy feeling you get after running. (I have never gotten the same “endorphin dump” from doing my PT home exercises). Don’t get me wrong, those exercises can be critical for recovery, but not in the whole-body endorphin-dumping-way. Check out the video below:
What we have learned over our 21 years of offering Pilates.
  • Getting off on the right foot requires us to see how you move, where you might be tight, or weak. We can do that with a screen.
  •  After a screen, we take that information to the reformer, where you get introduced to the Pilates method. All the while, we are re-assessing your unique movement strategies and modifying them so you increase your own internal awareness.
  • Large classes with a huge range of skills are frustrating for everyone. That’s why we are committed to matching abilities in classes and teaching a small enough group that they make substantive changes.
  • As we increase class size, having students with like skills is vital and it’s our mission to make that happen.
It’s easy to get sloppy with your exercise program after you finish PT. Rather than scolding yourself for not doing what you should, sign up for Pilates. You’ll be relaxed and invigorated at the same time. It’s the perfect gift to give yourself. Your body will thank you.
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