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Pilates for Active Aging

March 28, 2024
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Working with Seacoast and beyond since 2013, located in downtown Portsmouth, NH. The Pilate Room is a fully equipped studio offering both private and semi-private sessions.

Pilates for Active Aging

Pilates is fantastic for active aging! It’s gentle on the joints, focuses on improving flexibility, balance, and strength, all of which are crucial for maintaining mobility and independence as we age. Plus, it’s adaptable to different fitness levels and can be customized to address specific needs or limitations. Incorporating Pilates into your routine can help enhance overall well-being and quality of life as you continue to stay active and healthy.

Reformer Pilates for Active Aging

Reformer Pilates is a fantastic way to enhance your Pilates practice. It involves using a specialized piece of equipment called a reformer, which consists of a sliding carriage, springs, straps, and bars. The reformer provides resistance and support, allowing for a wide range of exercises to be performed in various positions.

One of the great things about Reformer Pilates is its versatility. It can be tailored to different fitness levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners, and offers both strength-building and flexibility-enhancing benefits. Plus, because it provides adjustable resistance, it can help target specific muscle groups more effectively.

Whether you’re looking to improve core strength, increase flexibility, rehabilitate from an injury, or just add variety to your workout routine, Reformer Pilates offers a comprehensive and challenging workout experience. It’s definitely worth trying if you have the opportunity!

Pilates for Active Aging and Rehabilitation

Pilates is widely recognized for its rehabilitative benefits. Its focus on controlled movements, core strength, and alignment makes it an excellent choice for individuals recovering from injuries or dealing with chronic pain. Pilates exercises can be adapted to suit various needs and limitations, allowing for a safe and effective rehabilitation process.

By targeting specific muscle groups and promoting proper body mechanics, Pilates helps improve posture, balance, and overall body awareness, which are essential for injury prevention and recovery. It also emphasizes gentle, low-impact movements, making it suitable for individuals with joint issues or other physical limitations.

Many physical therapists and healthcare professionals incorporate Pilates into their rehabilitation programs to help patients regain strength, flexibility, and mobility after surgery, injury, or other medical conditions. Whether you’re recovering from back pain, joint surgery, or a sports-related injury, Pilates can be a valuable tool in your rehabilitation journey. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program, especially if you’re recovering from an injury or medical procedure.

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Pilates for Beginners

March 28, 2024
Private Pilates Session

Working with the Seacoast and beyond since 2013, The Pilates room is located in downtown Portsmouth, NH.

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Pilates for Beginners is as an alternative to weight bearing exercises that impact your joints. There is no impact on your joints in practicing Reformer Pilates. One of the main benefits of Reformer Pilates is that you can improve strength and flexibility using body resistance along with balance and coordination. You will feel the difference in one session. It may take a few weeks to build total body strength, depending on both limitations, learning curve, and commitment.

Pilates basics

There are two main practices to learn as a Pilates student and both are incredibly important! The awesome thing about Pilates is that you absolutely going to feel your whole body working together in every exercise. Historically and designed by Joseph Pilates (1840-1920), Pilates had been taught with spring-loaded tension on beds. Now known as Reformer Pilates. The spring-loaded tension is perfect to learn alignment principles and the focus for Pilates for Beginners is to breathe while moving the carriage. This is a total body workout that focuses on form, breathing, and moving with control.

Other benefits of using the Reformer for Pilates for Beginners are to train body mind awareness, increase strength, stability, stretching, and stamina. Working on the Reformer, in The Pilates Room fully equipped studio also includes using the Cadillac, Wunda Chairs, Tower, Barrel, and Jump Board. The Reformer is a large prop that works great to learn as Pilates for Beginner program. The feedback from the spring tension and the guided instruction in a private session is perfect for individuals who are new to Pilates. We offer both private and semi-private sessions @ The Pilates Room.

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Mat Pilates vs Reformer Pilates

Mat Pilates is another wonderful way to practice Pilates for Beginners. The classes are one hour long and learning the mat practice is great to do without equipment. These classes are versatile and focus on both form and breathing in each exercise. In the mat practice, body resistance is a bit more challenging for new students. The rollup is one example that is more challenging to perform on the mat versus the Reformer, since there is no guided resistance. Once the core and back muscles become stronger using the Reformer, it will be easier to progress to the mat series.

Mat Pilates is a wonderful practice to incorporate into your strength training routine. How often do you practice for best results? We recommend twice per week for beginners. The mat practice includes exercises similar to the Reformer Pilates machine. Some of these exercises are the hundred, rollup, spine stretch, saw, swan and side hip series. Spinal function becomes the main focus in every exercise on both the mat and Reformer Pilates machine.

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