Pilates: What is it and why it makes a great adjunct to physical therapy

Pilates is a type of exercise that focuses on improving your strength, core stability, and flexibility through a series of controlled movements. It involves specific breathing techniques and precise maneuvers that stem from the core of your body. 

With many benefits such as increased core strength, improved posture and balance, Pilates is also known as a low-impact exercise which goes hand-in-hand with athletic performance and physical therapy.

The History of Pilates

Pilates was created in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates to improve physical fitness. The traditional six tenets of Pilates included: breath, concentration, centering, control, precision, and flow. Today, the six core principles of Pilates are still taught and have even evolved to include anatomical and biomechanical modernization of techniques. 

Joseph Pilates also developed the Reformer and Cadillac. They were originally developed to help rehabilitate people injured during battle who were unable to do traditional exercise. The exercises performed on the Reformer and Cadillac were said to help develop lean muscles and improve blood flow and circulation. 

Pilates and MAVEN

Pilates is a great exercise system for those needing a low-impact workout routine focusing on core strength, muscle tone, and flexibility. There are both preventative and therapeutic benefits to Pilates as it focuses on isolating and relaxing muscle groups through control and breath. It gives resilience to injury and helps posture by strengthening the core. It also works to relieve and prevent lower back injuries.

At Maven, we have designed a full-body workout using The Reformer and Cadillac for those experiencing chronic pain and looking to improve postural alignment. Each Pilates client will be given a personalized program that is designed to meet his or hers specific goals and ensure that they get the most out of each session. 

Maven’s physical therapy and performance clients who choose Pilates as an adjunct exercise to their program will benefit from the consistent collaboration of Pilates instructors and therapists. 

To start building long-term strength, and preventing back pain and other chronic conditions, get in touch with us to learn more about doing Pilates at Maven.