Healthy Back Tips

September 2010

What Is Pilates?

The Pilates method is a series of exercises developed to create a healthy body and mind. Created by Joseph Pilates over 90 years ago to help World War I soldiers recover from injury and illness, Pilates was originally termed “Contrology”, defined as the science of conscious movement control. There are six principles of Pilates—concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow and precision—each of which is incorporated into every Pilates exercise. The result is a dynamic and integrative workout for the body and mind. 

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Why is Pilates beneficial?
Pilates initially focuses on the deep muscles of your central core. These deep “powerhouse” muscles include the transversus abdominus, pelvic floor muscles, multifidus, internal obliques and diaphragm. These muscles are often weak, but when activated properly, provide a stable base for arm and leg movement. Having a strong “powerhouse” will improve your posture, reduce your risk for injury and allow you to move efficiently and without pain during daily activities. But contrary to popular belief, Pilates is much more than “core strengthening.” Pilates will also lengthen your muscles and increase your energy, stamina and concentration. It can also help with weight loss and injury rehabilitation. 

How can Pilates help with my injury? 
When the body is injured, pain creates abnormal muscle activation patterns which inhibit muscles from working properly. Pilates corrects this abnormal activity by facilitating muscles in a specific sequence, increasing circulation and reducing joint compression, muscle tension and pain. 

Why is ABC Pilates unique?
Our Pilates instructor, Audrey Jones, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist and clinical teaching instructor in the Division of Physical Therapy at Emory University. She uses her knowledge of anatomy and movement to select the most appropriate exercise for you. Audrey has extensive experience teaching Pilates to individuals with various musculoskeletal, neurological, metabolic and pain conditions. 

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Who can participate in Pilates?
Pilates is ideal for all ages, body types and fitness levels. Over 500 exercises can be selected and modified to meet the needs of each individual body. Whether you are an elite athlete, recovering from spinal surgery, or just trying to lose a few pounds, Pilates can help you achieve your personal fitness and health goals. 

Please call (770) 491-6004 or contact the Atlanta Back Clinic for more information. Private sessions and mat classes are available.