Equipment Pilates: Five Reasons to Give It a Try

Almost anyone can do it. The configuration of the Pilates equipment (Reformer, Tower, Chair, Cadillac & Barrels) gives you support where you need it and challenges you where you are strong. The repertoire can run the gamut from athletic conditioning of top athletes to restoration of posture and function in de-conditioned individuals. Many modifications are […]

Pilates helps chronic low back pain

If you have a chronic stiff and achy back, it is highly likely that pilates exercise will help. If back pain limits you from playing the sports you love (like golf), pilates exercise will allow you to play harder and longer. If your chronic pain is due to specific medical diagnoses such as herniated discs […]

Back Pain and the Multifidus

If you’ve ever had physical therapy for back pain, you know the “bird dog” exercise. The one where you kneel on all fours and extend opposite arm and leg. A superb exercise and one we use in the Studio frequently to prevent low back pain. One of the muscles targeted in this exercise is the […]

Oh My Aching Back

It seems the holiday season brings out the worst in our bodies. It’s too easy to overindulge by eating too much, drinking too much and skimping on sleep & exercise. One false move and we end up with an aching back. Low back pain is extremely common in the US. It can be the result […]

Pilates Improves Posture

Good posture looks healthy and confident on the outside - and feels free of pain and stiffness on the inside. In anatomical terms, good posture results from strengthening, lengthening and balancing opposing muscle groups to maintain biomechanical efficiency.

Pilates Relieves Back Pain

A research article published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy showed that Pilates-based therapeutic exercise significantly decreased pain and disability in patients with chronic low back pain (J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2006; 36:472-484).