The Pilates Method was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Joseph believed having a "well-trained" mind and body were essential to longevity and quality of life. Pilates exercises were designed to help strengthen the core, improve joint stability, and enhance spinal and pelvic control. Pilates can be performed with or without apparatus, making it one of the most accessible and useful exercise routines. Pilates has evolved to include both Joseph's original movements and a modern-day approach to understanding the role of human anatomy and physiology in exercise.
Functional movement training focuses on training the body for tasks of everyday life: squatting to sit on a chair, bending to pick something up off of the floor, or reaching up to the top cabinet. These activities of daily life require stability and strength in the musculoskeletal system to avoid injury or early onset of fatigue. Incorporating functional training into an exercise routine can help strengthen the body while improving overall quality of life.
At PFM, we pair functional movement training with Pilates to challenge the body and be strong for activities of daily life. We focus on the why, not the what. Why should we plank? How will that improve quality of life? This lens is applied to all movements to help prepare you for the activities you want and need to do.
Pain is our nervous system's way of warning our body of a real or perceived threat. Our nervous system is designed to sense imbalances in our body, both physiological and psychological. Musculoskeletal pain and the nervous system are intricately linked and understanding this connection is important to understanding pain in our own body. Sometimes our nervous system protects us from engaging in certain movements because we are wary of the pain that could follow, even if there is no musculoskeletal imbalance. If we are in pain, it is important to find what movements are in our wheelhouse without further flaring the nervous system.
Not at all. The beauty of a private session is the full hour is dedicated to your learning and your movement. Exercise plans are crafted specifically to your unique situation and needs, regardless of prior experience.
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