What is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates designed exercises that helped him recover from the effects of childhood asthma and rickets. Originally called “Contrology,” his classical exercises focus on breath, strength, flexibility and increased mind/body awareness. He developed specialized equipment to provide more variety to these exercises, including both assistance and resistance. After immigrating to New York City, German-born Joseph and his wife Clara worked extensively with professional dancers, gymnasts, and figure skaters. Today, over eleven million people in the U.S. practice Pilates.

What is the Pilates Method?

The Pilates Method is a form of exercise focusing on postural alignment, core strengthening, mobility, breath and self-awareness. By training “the whole body” instead of isolating specific muscles, you can improve movement for an enhanced sense of wellbeing and quality of life.

What are the benefits of Pilates exercises?

  • Improve balance, coordination and agility.
  • Correct imbalances in strength and flexibility, which can diminish performance.
  • Improve spinal stability, which improves arm and leg strength.
  • Correct poor postural habits that may lead to future injury.
  • Increase mind/body awareness to improve efficiency of movement.

Who can benefit from Pilates at Peak Physical Therapy?

  • People of all ages who are recovering from an orthopedic injury or surgery.
  • Those interested in enhancing their performance by improving flexibility and strength.
  • Those who would like guidance in an appropriate exercise program to meet their individual needs.
  • Fitness enthusiasts who would like a fun and challenging exercise.
  • Athletes dedicated to one sport, who can cross-train with us to improve performance with core strengthening, flexibility and balance exercises.

Why Pilates at Peak Physical Therapy?

Our Certified Pilates Rehabilitation Practitioners are physical therapists who have completed a yearlong training program. This, combined with their physical therapy training, provides a safe environment for those with ailments or medical conditions that need knowledgeable guidance to rehabilitate or prevent injury. We use mat exercises, props and a Pilates reformer/trapeze table to provide challenge and variety to your exercise program.

Valerie's knowledge and skills as a Pilates instructor and as a physical therapist has helped me gain strength and stability, reverse the effects of osteoporosis, and improve my overall health. Peak is well equipped with a variety of Pilates equipment for use in our sessions and Valerie's breadth of knowledge and techniques keeps the sessions interesting, challenging, and fun.

Jann B.