Private and Semi-Private Pilates equipment and mat instruction as well as Gyrotonic, RedCord, and yoga. Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.
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If you have been to the studio lately, you have seen how much feet are meaning to POF these days. Here are some tips for home practice...
pilatesstyle.com By Trent McEntire • Edited by Amanda Altman We are vertical beings. If we do not work on what we are standing on—our feet—our overall alignment and function is greatly affected. Consider this: By age 70, a person’s feet will have clocked an average of 70,000 miles. Walking even a fraction of that…
Oh, y'all are gonna love these. Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend!!
Why working out can help you both....
refinery29.com Experts weigh in on the health benefits of working out with a significant other.
The benefits of going barefoot - should we go barefoot more??
Confused by what to eat and how much to exercise? We all are. Here's one of the reasons...
nytimes.com Among the drawbacks: poorly designed research, a variety of ways to measure and report outcomes, and a bias toward reporting “interesting” results.
Using Pilates to beat the heat with high school football players. Interesting....
wtop.com The DeMatha football team has invested in some non-traditional workouts which have paid dividends the past couple seasons -- yoga and Pilates.
The beauty of movement can only be matched by the beauty of nature.... Today we celebrate our National Parks.
blog.theclymb.com Walt Whitman splashes cold water across your senses.
Although we don't offer the Mat repertoire a lot, here are some wonderfully illustrated moves that you can try...
styleblueprint.com Test out the Pilates method with this beautifully illustrated, 20-minutes, core-strengthening workout — and enjoy better posture, flexibility and strength!
We all know the best Doctors are Sunshine, Laughter, Rest, Clean Eating and... Exercise.
nytimes.com If the effects of exercise could be put in a pill and prescribed, it would be rightly hailed as an almost miraculous cure. So get off the couch.
Have a Magical Wednesday!!
Spine stretch forward x-rayed #youareperfect
What is "old"? Is it how you look or how you feel or both? What does pilates do to help us from becoming "old?" How old are you and how old do you FEEL after a session???
pilatesbridge.com by Devra Swiger A client of mine who in her early 60s told me that on an international flight she had to use the restroom. The man next to her appeared to be sound asleep so she carefully lifted her 5’9 frame and climbed over him. He opened his eyes and said ‘Gee, how old …
Happy Sunday! Looking forward to seeing amazing bodies perform. What Olympic sport do you love to watch?
Looking forward to today!!!
For many of us, sitting all day at a desk is our reality. How can we combat the effects of this?...
washingtonpost.com The study, published in The Lancet, involved an analysis of health and activity data for 1 million people.
What thoughts did YOU have in your first Pilates class?
shape.com Step 1: Show up to class & realize you don't even know what Pilates is.
#GoRedGetFit with us! Try 30 minutes of cardio at least 5 days a week. Because a happy body is a healthy body!
Spotlight today on on Pilates and Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson's disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement. Here is one story of hope... #pilatescanhelp
cbs4indy.com Every year 60,000 people in this country are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Worldwide, it’s estimated ten million people suffer with this crippling illness. But there is hope that steady exe…
Happy Monday! As many of you know, Pilates is oddly addicting. Have you ever wondered if you can do it every day?
verywell.com Can you do a Pilates workout every day? What would such a workout look like and how could your Pilates routine safe and effective? Find out how to keep your Pilates workouts interesting and safe every day.
Thank you Balanced Body for sharing....Happy Friday!
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Continuing on the sacrum - the "holy bone"
The sacrum serves several important functions in the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and female reproductive systems. Acting as the keystone of the pelvis, the sacrum locks the hip bones together on the posterior side and supports the base of the spinal column as it intersects with the pelvis. Several key muscles of the hip joint, including the gluteus maximus, iliacus and piriformis, have their origins on the surface of the sacrum and pull on the sacrum to move the leg. The sacrum also surrounds and protects the spinal nerves of the lower back as they wind their way inferiorly toward the end of the trunk and into the legs. Finally, the sacrum helps to form the pelvic cavity that supports and protects the delicate organs of the abdominopelvic cavity and provides space for a fetus to pass through during childbirth. So how do we protect it?
sequencewiz.org Whenever we twist, we turn the upper body one way and pelvis the other way tugging on the sacroiliac ligaments. Here is how you can protect your sacrum.
Fascinating anatomy: Where did we get the word "sacrum"?
The word "sacrum", meaning "sacred" in Latin, lives on in English anatomy as the name for the large heavy bone at the base of the spine.
The Romans called the bone the "os sacrum," which literally meant the "holy bone" and the Greeks termed it the "hieron osteon," the same thing, the "holy bone". But why?
One explanation seen on Pilates Nerd:
When we first started to do human dissection we had to make sure that the soul was not in the human body. Back then a couple of 100 years ago, every doctor realized that the spine is the seed of all life. Every doctor realized that if the spine was injured everything else will not work properly. They knew the base of the spine was the most important so they found the only 3 sided bone in the human body, the father, son, Holy Ghost and they called it the sacred bone. And they realized that the sacrum was empty so the soul was obviously not in the body when you die so you can go on and do human dissection.
Other ideas on why we call this the "sacred" bone: Use of the bone in sacrificial rites, the role of the bone in protecting the genitalia (themselves considered sacred), the necessity for the intactness of this bone as a nidus for resurrection at the Day of Judgment and that the holiness of the sacral bone was an attribute borrowed from the ancient Egyptians, who considered this bone sacred to Osiris, the god of resurrection and of agriculture.
Even another thought that it may be based on faulty translation by the Romans of the Greek word hieron. Hieron in ancient Greek means "holy" and "sacred," but also "strong," "vigorous," and "high." Hippocrates designated this bone hieron osteon, ie, "the protuberant, high bone."
Wherever the word came from - this very strong bone supports the weight of the upper body as it is spread across the the pelvis and into the legs. Wow.
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What about Stress? Tension in the body can lead to so many things. Which ones would you recommend?
inc.com Quick stress relief right at your fingertips.
Happy Monday POF community! Do you have any favorite fitness apps that you use? Which ones would you recommend? Tell us!!
chicagotribune.com We spend too much time staring at our phones - just ask the pedestrians we almost walk into on a daily basis. If scrolling through your phone's news feed or swiping right were Olympic sports, we'd definitely take home a medal. But in reality, the only things getting a workout are our thumbs. That's…
POF is back today and looking forward to seeing you all this week. Speaking of back... Interesting article about the back and back pain.
npr.org There are a few populations in the world where back pain hardly exists. One woman thinks she has figured out why, and she's sharing their secrets. Have Americans forgotten how to stand properly?
Happy 4th of July to all our POF friends. We will be closed today, but look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
So, we talked about our feet, what about our knees?
mobile.nytimes.com A reader asks: Why do my knees make a cracking sound?
We talk a lot about feet on our posts and if you have been in the studio lately, you may have had used a pinky ball to roll out fascia in your feet. Here are a few more you can do from home:
scmp.com Ill-fitting shoes and lack of care often lead to foot problems, which can have knock-on effects on the spinal cord and lower body muscles
Does exercise help memory? Yes!
npr.org In mice, monkeys and people, exercise releases a protein called cathepsin B. And as blood and brain levels of this protein rise, memory gets better. But the protein has a dark side, too.
Here is one single dad's account of a pilates class... poor guy.
We continue to salute and celebrate those awesome dads!! Here is a workout that you can do with your kids...
We hope you had a wonderful Father's Day weekend. In honor of dads everywhere, this week we are talking about
Why Dads need Pilates too…
Pilates isn’t just for women. Men need it in their life too! So why don’t more of them do it?
Here’s some reasons why men should do Pilates:
He sits down all day:
Many of our partners have a 9-5 (or later!) job and therefore spend most of their day sitting in the car, at the office etc. Sitting down can make you unwell by slowing your metabolism, compressing your spine and making your muscles stiff. The great news is that at Pilates On First we can reverse the effects of sitting down!
He plays golf:
Pilates is wonderful for any golfer and can really help improve their game. The benefits of Pilates for golfers is that they will increase their flexibility, decrease muscle stiffness, strengthen their abs and prevent injury. It worked for Tiger Woods so why wouldn’t it work for you?!
He is becoming a ‘sloucher’:
Poor posture can cause real life-changing injuries such as chronic back and neck pain. Pilates will help lengthen your spine, strengthen and lengthen your muscles and properly align your spine. He’ll be inches taller after a couple of classes!
He wants to be more youthful:
Pilates will help keep his mind sharp and his body strong. As Joseph Pilates said, “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”
Not only does technology affect our brains, but our movement patterns are also affected.
Today, we are sharing the work of one of our favorite pilates practitioners: Madeline Black. As she says it: "The ability to move down to the floor and back up is essential to the human body. We loose this ability. Practicing the full squat, getting up and down from the floor strengthens all the large muscles and is at the core of the human structure."
Madeline Black shares her insight of Phillip Beach, D.O. "primal postures" the full squat, and descending and ascending to the floor. The ability to move dow...
What is the impact of technology on our health? This week, we are examining how our devices are shaping who we are....
lifescript.com All you laptop-using, touchpad-checking, two-thumb-texting, smart phone-listening grown-ups and...
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