Pilates exercises promote an even musculature throughout the body by strengthening the core. The core is considered the "center" of the body and consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Pilates also stresses spinal and pelvic alignment, which is critical in getting us to move the way we're supposed to move to avoid injury.
Many injuries are caused by muscular imbalances within our bodies. Many things cause these imbalances – our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out. Elite athletes, chronic illnesses, aging and joint replacements and daily life contribute. Most of us move incorrectly in some way or another, which puts too much pressure on some muscles and weakens others, causing an imbalance.
Take the back, for example: the way we move may put too much pressure on the spine, while weakening the pelvic muscles in the front of the body or vice-versa. Either scenario creates an imbalance, which means the body is much more perceptible to serious strains, pulls, tears or worse.
At 314 Pilates …
we use the Polestar Pilates approach. This approach integrates Pilates with current scientific findings to create balanced, elongated muscles, improved posture and ease of movement. Discover why athletes, dancers, entertainers, models, rehab patients and those seeking a healthier, more beautifully sculpted body use Polestar Pilates.
314 Pilates applies current research and practice in orthopedics, sports medicine and movement science to the principles originated by Joseph Pilates. Our extensive background in rehabilitation and movement science expands on Pilates’ principles by adding advanced body awareness and principles from motor control theory.
314 Pilates uses durable Balanced Body® Pilates equipment. It’s made of tough, durable rock maple with a classic design that is sleek, beautiful and effective. The instructors at 314 Pilates teach you proper posture by concentrating on proper alignment and smooth movement through all excercises. Small class sizes ensure that you recieve individualized attention. Many other exercise programs take a “body parts” approach, with isolated exercises for each muscle group. We train the whole body in smooth, continuous movements, elongating and strengthening at the same time. The result: muscles that are long and strong.
The program dramatically improves strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and posture. It creates a body that looks long and lean, with slender thighs, flat abdominal muscles and a strong back. - Brent Anderson, Polestar Founder
The Hidden Benefits of Pilates
Pilates exercises are a great workout, and you’ll likely feel sore afterward, but the benefits go even deeper than building and lengthening muscle. Research shows that pilates movements are good for your entire body –stimulating lymphatic drainage, relieving depression, increasing energy, improving sleep and posture, and more.
Highly trained Pilates instruction offers not only a road to recovery, but also a way of wellness that can only be realized once pain is stabilized and alleviated. Pilates can also aid in the treatment of post-surgical conditions, for those recovering from knee, hip, back and other surgeries. As a Polestar practitioner, Natalie can help to increase range of motion and diminish habits of guarding and over-recruitment of muscles to restore healthy movement patterns.