As a child, German-born Joseph H. Pilates suffered from a multitude of illnesses resulting in muscular weakness. Determined to overcome his frailties, he dedicated his life to becoming physically stronger. He studied yoga, martial arts, Zen Meditation, and Greek and Roman exercises. Working closely with medical professionals as well his experiences led to the development of his unique method of physical and mental conditioning, which he brought to the United States in 1923. In the early 1930's and 1940's, popular dance instructors and choreographers, such as Martha Graham, George Balanchine, and others, embraced Pilates’ exercise method. Dancers often suffered from injuries with long recovery periods. Pilates’ method allowed and encouraged movement early in the rehabilitation process, by providing needed assistance. It was found that reintroducing movement with nondestructive forces early in rehabilitation hastened the healing process. As a result, it was not long before the dance community at large adopted Pilates’ work. Today Pilates is practiced by professionals from many disciplines including actors and athletes and health practitioners-- really anyone who has a strong desire to experience their own physical well-being.
More than 70 years later, Pilates’ techniques began to gain popularity among rehabilitation professionals. In the 1990's, many rehabilitation practitioners were using the method in the fields of general orthopedic, geriatric, chronic pain, neurologic rehabilitation, and more. In this context most Pilates exercises are performed on several types of apparatus designed to assist an injured individual to be able to complete movements successfully, aiding in a safe recovery. By altering the spring tension or increasing the challenge of gravity, an individual may progress toward achieving functional movement.
The Pilates Studio has worked for many years within the community helping people understand their bodies and how they move. Our clientele range from athletes and sports men and women who are focused on improving fitness levels to those who have rehabilitation or post-surgery issues.
Once physical therapy is over our clients have been very successful in developing greater strength, balance and mobility.
Our goal is to help clients incorporate core stability in every aspect of their lives: how to stand, bend, rotate, lift weight and perform their jobs safely while maintaining a strong core to protect their spines, knees, ankles and hips.
Post-physical therapy rehabilitation strengthens the stabilizing muscles around the spine, from the tranversus abdominus to the multifidi muscles in the low back to the pelvic floor. Building up a solid cylinder of muscle around the central spine helps protect it from shearing forces applied to the vertebrae, ligaments and discs. Through specific exercises with Pilates equipment, we work to strengthen the ankles, knees, shoulders and hips to allow a strong range of motion during walking, running, skiing and a wide variety of activities.
Our instructors who work in the rehabilitation area are Pilates Rehabilitation Certified.
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Nothing compares to a pilates workout- not running, biking, or other exercise programs, like weightlifting or cross-fit. Pilates works the core while toning without bulking, increasing balance, and incorporating breathing: all of which I've applied to my skiing: both nordic and downhill.
Until I took pilates at the studio, I flailed at the beginning of each ski season. However, something in my balance and strength clicked after embarking upon an entire summer of pilates classes. My feet were more balanced, my strength better, and I was able to use breathing to climb hills faster.
The instructors at the studio give individualized attention no matter the class size, ensuring an injury-free knock-out work-out by pushing students to go harder than they think they can while not compromising form.
I love surprising myself with my own strength. Looking better and skiing stronger is a perk, too! Thanks, The Pilates Studio!
When I first started with the Studio several years ago, I was having periodic but regular lower back issues related to intense mountain biking, kayaking, and working. I also had a more acute issue in my right shoulder, probably related to those same activities, that resulted in some numbness and significant loss of strength and control in certain motions. Through the course of engaging in regular Pilates classes, Steve and Sonia helped me to learn to manage and resolve the lower back issues through proper muscle engagement, posture, and breathing. With some additional time and regular equipment classes, my shoulder also began to significantly improve. At this point, I am regularly mountain biking, Nordic skiing, and even occasionally white-water kayaking, and feeling great during and after these activities. With Steve's help, I am performing stronger and with less pain and fewer injuries now at 51 than I did in my mid-40s. Also, we have a blast in class! Thanks, Steve!
I moved to Salida a little over four years ago. One of the first things I did when I moved here was buy a carbon fiber bike from Absolute Bikes. Included in the purchase was a customized bike fitting. Shawn Gillis, the owner of Absolute Bikes and master bike fitter, worked with me for nearly two hours and finally looked up at me and said "You are a mess. You need to go to the Pilates Studio".
I am an Ear, Nose, and Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon and spend many hours per week bent over an operating room table or looking through an operating microscope. Surgeons are notorious for having bad posture because of the positions that we place our bodies into to do operations. At my retirement party from Maine Medical Center , I noticed that there were pictures of a little gray-haired man with severely slumped shoulders. Unfortunately, that was me. I have been at the Pilates Studio now for four years. My improvement in my core strength and posture is huge. It is not perfect, but it significantly improved. My only regret is that I had not started Pilates thirty years ago. However, it is never too late to develop a strong core and improved posture.
SONIA AND STEVE, THE OWNERS OF THE PILATES STUDIO ARE PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND PERSONABLE. THE STUDIO IS VERY CLEAN, INVITING, ACCESSIBLE, AND HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED.
SONIA TAILORS MY WORKOUTS TO MY SPECIFIC BODY NEEDS AND ALWAYS CHALLENGES ME TO GIVE MY ALL. I APPRECIATE THAT. MY SESSIONS ARE ALWAYS BUILDING ON FLEXIBILITY, STRENGTH, AND TONING, WHILE FEELING SAFE AND SUPPORTED.
MY TIME AT THE PILATES STUDIO CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF MY MOST REWARDING TIMES OF MY DAY. STEVE AND SONIA MAKE IT FUN WHILE HELPING ME BECOME STRONGER WHICH HAS GREATLY IMPROVED MY OVERALL HEALTH. SO MUCH SO MY HUSBAND NOW HAS STARTED SESSIONS WITH STEVE, AND WONDERS WHY HE WAITED SO LONG.
I HAVE BEEN DOING PILATES SESSIONS FOR OVER 3 YEARS NOW AND I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND PILATES FOR MANY REASONS!
I BEGAN PRIVATE SESSIONS, 1 HOUR ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, I WAS A MESS BUT STEVE TOOK ME ON AS A CHALLENGE. I HAVE OSTEOPOROSIS, SIX HERNIATED DISCS, AND IN 1997 I HAD SUFFERED A STROKE SO I HAD NUMBNESS AND TINGLING IN MY LEFT ARM AND FINGERS. THANKS TO STEVE AND SONIA FOR THEIR PATIENCE AND HELP, ALSO FOR MY HUSBAND'S LOVE, HELP AND UNDERSTANDING, I HAVE STRENGTHENED MY CORE, MY LUNGS, AND MY POSTURE.
STEVE AND SONIA BOTH HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR THAT MAKES PILATES ENJOYABLE AND BENEFICIAL! I HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON AT PILATES!
I AM SOMETIMES EMBARRASSED AT MYSELF FOR HAVING BECOME SUCH A PILATES EVANGELICAL. WHETHER CHATTING WITH A FRIEND WITH AN ACHING BACK OR SORE SHOULDER, OR DISCUSSING MOUNTAIN BIKE & SKIING TECHNIQUE, IT SEEMS LIKE I ALWAYS START TOUTING PILATES.
After struggling for several years with episodes of incapacitating back spasms following surgery, I started classes at the Pilates Studio in hopes of minimizing pain & downtime. It's been a huge success. On the very rare occasions that I tweak my back, I'm back on my feet & active in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.
Once I didn't have to focus so much on my back, I was ready to address my chronic shoulder issues. Fortunately, the Pilates Studio began offering upper body strength classes. Another huge success! My shoulder has improved tremendously as well as my overall upper body strength.
Pilates has done more than just cure what ailed me. As I became more aware of my body as well as stronger in my core, I applied what I learned to everyday activities. My skiing improved as I learned to separate moving my legs from moving my upper body. My mountain biking improved once I could consciously engage my hamstrings to pull up on the pedals instead of just pushing down with my quads. l learned to recruit my obliques & lats when kayaking, increasing my efficiency & decreasing the chance of injury. Also totally unexpected: I found myself able to unscrew the lids to almost all the jars I need to open! All I need to do is remind myself of the Pilates mantra: breath, muscle, move. It really works!
I am so appreciative of all of the improvements I've seen in how well my body functions & am totally committed to practicing Pilates in the years to come, certain that it will enable me to live life to the fullest.
I love the Pilates Studio. I was not sure what to expect the first time I tried Pilates, but Sonia and Steve put me at ease right away. They adapt movements to my level and help me push myself. The best part is that I have a great time while I am there! I often laugh and smile while I am working out! That has not happened in other aspects of exercise for me. I truly look forward to my time at the Pilates Studio.
Have been a Pilates student at this studio since 2008. The staff are highly professional, extremely well-trained and certified. They always encourage me to go just past where I think I can. I cannot say enough the difference that regular Pilates work has made in my life -- and it's the staff at this studio who have enabled me to stay with it.
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