Pilates and Reversing “Computer Posture”

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Practicing Pilates helps many things from core strength, to long lean muscles and a streamlined midsection with lifted, tall posture.  But as an increasingly large portion of our population spends hours and hours each day on computers and devices from phones to tablets, there’s a specific postural problem emerging.  I’ve heard it called “text neck”, “slumpy computer spine” and “question mark posture”.  I’m sure there are many words for this collapsed, flexed, downward gazing, rounded, hunched over position people get into and stay in for hours on end. The Beginning of an Antidote Put simply, the antidote to this postural…

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Pilates and Posture: Get Tall, Long and Upright!

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Most of you have seen or heard terms like “text neck”, “sway back”, “forward head posture” and alike.  We could go on and on.  There are so many terms out there for misaligned posture, but what is proper alignment and how do we get it by doing Pilates? First, let’s define upright optimal posture.  Counter to intuition, it’s not just “chest up, shoulders back, suck in the belly” while standing.  While these cues have been heard by most of us, they don’t provide good posture nor do they help improve postural alignment. Postural alignment starts when there is structural balance…

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What are the Benefits of Pilates after Pregnancy?

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There are many benefits of Pilates after your pregnancy. Post partum Pilates is one of our specialties here at Pilates Northwest. The right Pilates exercise program can help with post partum needs such as body misalignment, a weak core, back pain, and postural issues like those from carrying a newborn. After childbirth and through the first couple of years after having a baby, mothers need personal attention. Having a session dedicated to bringing the body back together after childbirth is important. Here is a short list of structural issues we work with during and after pregnancy: Sway back (lordosis): The…

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How can Pilates help as you age?

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With age, bodily functions change. There is typically a decrease in muscle mass and the nervous system and muscular systems function less optimally. The heart rate can decline with age along with the ability to take in and use oxygen. These changes, along with hormonal changes, can lead to a reduction in metabolism, the degree at which the resting body uses fat and other sources to make fuel. Body fat can increase. Pilates is a safe fitness practice that can help counter many of the negative effects of aging. By improving the body’s function, Pilates helps you maintain a good…

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The Benefits of Pilates during Pregnancy

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There are many benefits of Pilates during your pregnancy. The right exercise program can help alleviate pain that you may begin to feel in your back or your joints during your pregnancy. Pilates will help you gain awareness of your changing posture and by strengthening your body you can be better prepared for your delivery. We recommend discontinuing impactful, high intensity exercise programs during pregnancy. Since Pilates can be adjusted for you, your pregnancy and your trimester, it’s a great choice. During pregnancy, we believe in increasing strength and rejuvenation since the body is going through many changes and pregnant…

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Can plus size and overweight people do Pilates?

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At Pilates Northwest, we have clients of all shapes and sizes. We have younger, older, injured, fit, beginners and advanced. They all get what they need here. We adapt Pilates to their needs. For overweight people, determining what exercise modality is best has several considerations. As body fat significantly increases, range of motion, speed and agility typically decreases. We keep these things in mind. We won’t ask your body to do something it is not ready for. We will not start you too quickly. We will honor where you are and ask you where you want to go. We’ve seen…

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Can Pilates help back pain?

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At Pilates Northwest, we see a lot of clients with back pain – from low back pain, pain around the shoulder blades, pain in the upper trapezius muscles, to pain in the rib areas and mid back – we’ve seen it all. In today’s computer-based, high stress society, we get a lot of people who come in with the goal of lessening their back pain. Practicing Pilates is a great way to do this. For those with severe back pain, consulting with your physician if often the first step. We want to be sure there are no contraindications to exercise…

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Can Pilates help with weight loss?

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Weight loss is one of the key reasons why people embark on a new exercise routine. If you want to enhance your outward appearance, however, weight loss is just one component. You also need to strengthen and tone the muscles throughout your body — creating a strong, toned foundation as the fat layers come off. Pilates was not first intended to be primarily a fat loss method. We have heard our clients say that their proportions change along with their posture. Their whole look changes and this positive change helps with motivation for healthier food and lifestyle choices. As we…

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Is Pilates appropriate for seniors – the “Over 60 Crowd”?

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Yes! We have a large older population here at Pilates Northwest.   We’ve affectionately called them the “over 60 crowd” although a few clients extend decades beyond this affectionate title as octogenarians!   Here at Pilates Northwest we have had continuing education courses teaching us possible differences as people age – differences in potential bone density, posture, alignment, flexibility, movement capability. We have older clients who are super fit, flexible and strong who can rival the 30 year olds and we have those who need slow, deliberate focused attention in their workouts. Many have pain and movement limitations. They all love Pilates…

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Is certification necessary when training with a Pilates instructor?

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We, at Pilates Northwest, believe that if you are hiring a professional for specialized services, advanced education and experience is key. Obtaining a full equipment certification in Pilates is not easy. Typically it’s at least a two year rigorous program filled with courses on anatomy, physiology, injury and special population training, equipment safety, self practice, Pilates observation hours and practice teaching. Read more about our individual instructors. If you are just starting regular Pilates classes here at Pilates Northwest, we think it’s very important to use the correct Pilates fundamentals and techniques. Interestingly, the right form can sometimes differ between…

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