Ballet Barre FAQ
From the desk of Kristen Reynolds, DPT, PMA®-CPT...
- What is Ballet Barre?
This class presents a series of exercises that strengthen and lengthen arms and legs, stabilize the core, elongate the spine, and enhance balance. The workout is completed at a barre and on the mat, combining classical repertoire from ballet and Joseph Pilates, as well as evidence-based therapeutic exercises.
- Do I need to bring anything?
Not at all - just come and enjoy your workout! OMBE is proud to incorporate eco-friendly Pilates mats, high-quality Fit Circles, Rejuvenation Mini-Core Balls, and Resist-A-Bands into this class for variety, challenge, and helping individuals experience a deeper muscular connection to the exercises.
- What is the benefit of this workout?
The exercises are presented in a sequence that sculpts and stretches the whole body and elevates heart rate. Participants can expect to see changes in posture, balance, flexibility, and muscle performance.
- I am not a dancer. Is this workout appropriate for me?
This workout was designed by a physical therapist to be a fun and effective method for individuals with varied ages, abilities, and experiences. While the class does include ballet-inspired choreography, it is not solely for the dancers or those with experience. When notified, the instructor will be pleased to modify exercises for injuries as well.
- What should I wear to class?
It is essential for the instructor to be able to observe proper form and alignment for to optimize the safety and effectiveness of the workout. Therefore, we kindly request that you wear comfortable, form fitting athletic clothes. Bare feet are acceptable, but ToeSox are recommended for traction with standing repertoire and can be purchased at OMBE.
Kristen Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.
While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive certification to compliment her clinical interests. She is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, the only professional certification in the field, as well as an active member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section.
Always interested in sports and fitness, she is a former dancer, YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. Integrating the Pilates principles and repertoire into her physical therapy practice has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Kristen utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury. She greatly enjoys designing programs to target personal goals, educating clients to incorporate Pilates into their daily activities, and teaching small group Ballet Barre and Mat classes.