“Think of a tree, Pilates experts say, does it have all its strength in its limbs? No. The tree is only as strong as its trunk and roots. Without a strong trunk, the tree would topple over. It’s the same for human bodies, If we do not concentrate on building a good foundation and a strong trunk or core , we will end up tight in some places and weak in others, injury prone and susceptible to the pitfalls of our occupation or chosen forms of exercise” ~ Brunilda Nazario MD
A unique cross between strengthening and stretching and a synthesis of weight lifting and yoga, by now you undoubtedly have heard of Pilates. An exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s to fight his pain resulting from polio as well as to support the health of his fellow World War I comrades, Joseph incorporated the use of bed springs for resistance in rehabilitation programs for hospitalized patients. Eventually this very basic equipment evolved into the more varied equipment used today.
While most workouts create short muscles that are more prone to injury, Pilates works to create long, lean functional muscles that are less prone to injury while also increasing your core strength, flexibility and balance.
Between the movie stars, dancers, and pro athletes who practice Pilates, lately it has gained increasing public fame. While here at Center Strength we have worked with Sting, Michelle Kwan, and pitcher Barry Zito, you don’t have to be a well known celebrity to benefit from our instruction.
We enjoy working with clients of all ages be they younger or older, men as well as women, expectant mothers, runners, golfers, post rehabilitation patients, or those just wanting better balance, improved alignment, core strength, and the suppleness of a strong and mobile spine. (Isn’t that nearly all of us?)