What is Pilates?
What is Pilates?
You’ve heard that you should improve your “core strength”, but aren’t exactly sure what that means; you’ve heard that Pilates might help your back pain, but can’t imagine how. Let me take a moment to answer these questions.
Pilates is a method of exercise that focuses on the core postural muscles (i.e., deep abdominal as well as shoulder blade or upper back muscles). It emphasizes spinal alignment and strengthening these core postural muscles. The deep abdominal muscles actually attach to the spine, and therefore, when strong they can help support the spine, minimizing and preventing back pain. Don’t have back pain? Improving your core strength gives you a stronger base from which you are moving, which can greatly increase your athletic performance. Additionally, Pilates can be an effective tool in gaining and maintaining overall strength and flexibility, preventing and rehabilitating injuries, and just looking and feeling better!
Lisa Grodsky, MSPT, CPI
Lisa Grodsky received her Masters degree in physical therapy from University of California, San Francisco in 2003 and has been a certified STOTT Pilates instructor since 2004. She first discovered Pilates in 1999 while in physical therapy after knee surgery and quickly learned the value that it had in the outcome of her rehabilitation.
Lisa uses Pilates in her practice with clients who have back and neck dysfunctions as well as hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder conditions. She has also worked with marathoners and triathletes, in both individual and small group settings. She will develop home exercise programs, using Pilates principles and exercises, tailored to each individual’s needs. These home programs are to be used between sessions and can greatly maximize what the client learns in the studio.