Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor itself, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds. Formerly used most consistently with dancers because of its ability to provide long, lean muscle rather than bulky muscle typical with weight training, it is now an accepted and effective form of exercise for people of all ages and capabilities. Based on its low-impact nature, Pilates may be an appropriate form of exercise for individuals in various stages of rehabilitation. As with any form of exercise, however, please consult with your physician prior to beginning any form of Pilates.
The basic Pilates series is taught on the mat. The Reformer, perhaps the best known piece of Pilates equipment, is the main piece of equipment used in more advanced forms of Pilates exercise and functions by gliding forward and backward on rollers, using springs for resistance. Other pieces commonly include the High-Low Chair, the Barrel, the Tower, the Jump Board, and Power Circles. All together, Pilates is comprised of over 500 controlled exercises to engage the mind and condition the body!
Pilates is most effective when practiced for a minimum of 2-3 times per week. While one will burn calories from the resistance training, it is not recognized as a cardiovascular workout until the more advanced stages. Regardless of weight loss, Pilates is designed to lengthen and lean the body for a more desirable appearance. As promised by Joseph Pilates, “You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions”.
At Rehab Plus Ahwatukee, all Pilates sessions are private, 60 minute sessions focusing on the client’s individual needs, abilities, and goals. Contact us today at 480-785-5415 for a free 30 minute session to see why Pilates may be right for you!