The Anchor Wellness Center offers Clinical Pilates with a twist.
Uniquely, our affiliation and close proximity to Physical Therapists provides our instructors the opportunity to specialize in the Pilates Mat & Reformer with a hyper-focus on rehabilitation.
We All Have Unique Needs
We know that whether or not you tell us, we all suffer.
- Whether it be achey joints or a torn labrum, chronic low back pain or recent knee replacement, movement is essential.
- Albeit exciting, having a child can do a number on your body and reconnecting with your core is paramount.
- Or maybe you’re the person who is always stiff and tight everywhere. This is a common complaint but doesn’t have to keep us from moving.
These are examples of what our clients normally report. The point is, most problems can be addressed through movement.
Our Certified Pilates Instructors have a niche practice of working alongside Physical Therapists to individualize programs to meet your specific needs.
What is Pilates?
In his book, Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates (creator of the technique) presents his method as the art of controlled movements. He envisioned it serving as a therapeutic workout that didn’t feel like therapy.
When practiced with consistency, Pilates improves:
- builds strength
- develops control
- improves endurance
It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.
What is the core anyway?
Specifically speaking, the “core” consists of the respiratory diaphragm, pelvic floor, the deepest of the abdominal muscles and the tiny muscles between each vertebrae (transervsus abdominus and multifidi, respectively). These muscles function to create intra-abdominal pressure and thus stability for the spine.
The primary goal of Pilates is to integrate these four muscle to improve core control. That occurs when we are able to improve posture, alignment, breathing, centering and coordination– all of which are principles of Pilates.
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Who can do Pilates?
Male, female, young, old, athlete or not-so-athletic. The beauty of the Pilates system is that is does not alienate any particular person.
That said, Pilates exercises can be modified for any ability. Utilizing the instructor and practitioner’s specific goals and/or limitations, programs are designed around each individuals needs. Likewise, intensity can be increased over time as the body adapts itself to the exercises.
The over-arching goal with Pilates, as with all movement interventions, is to continuously challenge our bodies to perform better.