How does Posture Studio Pilates differ?
At Posture Studio Pilates, we teach to the student, not to a general class. What this means is that you will never hear our instructors use general sets of cues (like "get your shoulders down and back" or "draw your belly into your spine"). What's good for one student may not be so for another, and learning from instructors who can see this and convey it makes all the difference. Our functional-based training approach is unique and focused on each person, individually, whether in a private or a group setting.
What is Functional-Based Training?
Functional-based training strengthens our bodies for what they do daily. Our daily tasks ARE exercises but most people don't think of it that way. We squat, lunge, bend, twist, flex and extend our bodies all day long. Practicing movements that we use in every day life allows us to move more efficiently and keeps our bodies mobile and strong.
Why is Pilates good for athletes?
For those who are athletic, you know that most forms of training tend to be linear and are geared towards shortening and tightening muscles followed by attempts to stretch out those tight muscles. Pilates is different in that it isn't "stretching". Rather, it strengthens muscles in length. This is an important difference. Shortened and tightened muscles have a limited range of motion. Over time, this decreases ability. Maintaining the length of your muscle (without overly stretching) is literally a game changer.
Why is Pilates good pre/post PT?
When you have a chronic injury, the issues are often related to movement patterns. Even if you were injured due to something not related to movement patterns, the injury often leads to changes in movement patterns. Pilates is great for movement retraining. It helps strengthen weakened muscles, lengthens tight muscles, helps you regain balance, stability and mobility, and allows your body to even out.
I'm expecting a baby. Can I do Pilates?
Yes. Pilates is wonderful for those who are expecting. Pilates will strengthen your body and also allow you to have better balance as your body begins shifting due to weight changes. There are also many helpful walking and standing exercises that we teach at Posture Studio that will keep you from swaying into your back during pregnancy. Pilates is wonderful for relaxation and stress reduction, and is a safe alternative to other forms of exercise that may overly stretch your body at a vulnerable time.
I'm postpartum. When is it safe to come in? What if I have diastasis recti?
The typical time to come in after having a baby is around 6 weeks. If you want to come in before then, we do ask for permission from your medical team. Depending on whether you had a natural delivery or a c-section, or if you have diastasis recti, our approach may vary. For all returning new mothers, we start slowly, making sure that we strengthen your core as your body is ready. Patience is key and often trying to get back too soon can cause issues. We will walk you through this process safely with a focus on strengthening from the inside out.
I hate to exercise. I'm not fit enough. I'm too old. I'm not coordinated.
We hear one if not all of these sentences on a regular basis, and the truth is that none of this matters. Honestly. Pilates is perfect for those who hate to exercise because it's not like any "exercise" you've ever experienced. You might just find that you like to exercise - you just never knew that exercise could feel so good. At Posture Studio we work with people of all fitness levels, ages, coordination levels...it really doesn't matter. When you walk into our studio, you will see both young people and elderly people, people who are working post-rehab, and others who are athletes in training . It's one of the beauties of Posture Studio Pilates. There are no age limits or particular body types that are a prerequisite. There is a place for everyone.
Exercising was enjoyable again.
“I went to Posture Studio throughout my pregnancy and did not experience many of the physical discomforts, not even sciatica or back pain. The day before delivering my son, I biked 3 miles and swam for 30 minutes all pain free.”
— Melanie Dorion, Nurse Practitioner, retired professional cyclist, mother