What Are the Benefits of Pilates?

What Are the Benefits of Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise method that uses movements, such as breathing, alignment, core control, and movement integration, in each session. The Pilates approach in rehabilitation specializes in a whole-body approach with a focus on increasing your:

  • body awareness,
  • core strength,
  • spinal posture,
  • alignment, and
  • decreasing movement faults contributing to injury.

Pilates is for everybody and improves your body’s foundation in core strength, posture, and spinal and extremity alignment. It can also help you recover from a variety of injuries. In Pilates the reformer and trapeze table are the safest way for you to experience and learn how to move in a healthy and pain-free way.

Each exercise you learn at the Pilates Clinic can be modified to help you practice with Pilates mat exercises at home.*

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Services & Private Training

  • Physical therapy evaluation
  • Core fitness assessment
  • Pilates home exercise program
  • Private 45-55 minute Pilates training in the clinic:
    • Reformer
    • Trapeze table
    • Chair
    • Mat

Pilates Equipment Basics

The Reformer

The reformer is a great machine to learn the basic Pilates exercises in an environment that will help you:

  • unload your joints,
  • stabilize your trunk, and
  • get feedback to build your power and master your technique.

The black carriage is a moving table that has springs attached; it has with various levels of resistance to challenge your strength and core all in one session. The straps connect to your hands or feet to guide you into different postures that are safe and supported.

Typically, we start a workout on your back and warm up, center with your breath, and build from there.

The Trapeze Table (aka The Cadillac)

The trapeze table is a level up from the reformer. It:

  • challenges your core strength,
  • builds body awareness, and
  • builds core control.

One of the key differences between the reformer and the trapeze is the use of the springs for your legs and hands instead of the straps for added resistance and control of movement. There is also a tower bar to guide more flexibility and range of motion and much more.

The skills learned on the trapeze table build core strength, control, flexibility, and support joint alignment.

The Chair

The chair is a more compact piece of equipment that can challenge you in every way. It provides:

  • more balance and
  • core support challenges in more functional postures.

The bottom pedal(s) are also spring loaded. Exercises you learn on the chair train you with good core control for gait, stairs, running, hiking, posture challenges, and more advanced core work.

The Ladder Barrel & Spine Corrector

The ladder barrel and spine corrector is a dome-like arc that can:

  • challenge core stability,
  • open your spine more for greater flexibility, and
  • bring out your best core strength due to its smaller base of support.

 The spine corrector also targets those smaller spine muscles.

*Please contact your insurance company prior to making your appointment to verify your coverage and referral requirements regarding physical therapy benefits.