So….why Pilates and how can it help you?

Have you ever wondered what Pilates can do for you? Here are a few examples:
1) The Pilates reformer provides a supportive environment which is very important for people who are recovering from injury, surgery, trauma, or are deconditioned (out of shape). Springs provide resistance (instead of weights) which more accurately simulates natural muscle activity. The springs also provide assistance for you in the early stages of physical rehabilitation.

    2) The reformer provides immediate feedback to the client in a partial weight bearing position to allow for postural corrections and healthy movement patterns to develop. Clients experience changes in their movement patterns in a stable environment, without trying to fight their habits in full weight bearing against gravity.

    3) The stable and secure environment of the reformer combined with the skills of an experienced and knowledgeable therapist makes it safe for people with chronic conditions including injuries and illnesses to participate. Pilates promotes and supports functional movement such as walking, standing, and balance.

    4) There is a natural progression from rehabilitation to strengthening and conditioning. Using the reformer bridges the gap between passive movement and resistive movement, which is often a missing element in traditional rehab programs. Pilates helps you progress through a continuum of gravity eliminated movement and movement against gravity.

    5) The positive psychological benefits are frequently overlooked and not addressed in the clinical setting. They  include (but are not limited to) increased self confidence, increased body awareness and improved self image. Pilates helps people get “out of their heads and into their bodies” by truly embracing the mind-body connection.  There is also something incredibly comforting about the rhythm of the reformer and the ability to move against light resistance for someone who has been  injured or deconditioned.

Pilates reformer and trap table combination unit at Ilov Integrated Arts, LLC
So…..that’s what Pilates based rehabilitation can do for you!   
Be healthy,
Cheryl Ilov, PT, GCFP