Pilates: a whole body approach.

Nov 19, 2012
By Beatriz

Soon after finishing Physical Therapy School in 2003, I discovered Pilates.   I proceeded to study at Polestar Education in Miami, graduating from a comprehensive Pilates certification program especifically designed for physical therapists.  While rehabilitating injured patients via Pilates over the years, I have noticed that successful movements do not result from just “contracting the core.”  While studying for the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®) Certification Exam, I further learned that Joseph Pilates initially developed Contrology (what we know as Pilates) as a whole body method “to develop the body uniformily” rather than a system to isolate certain muscles or body parts.   I have experienced firsthand the rehabilitative power of this whole body approach.  With the assistance of Pilates, difficult functional movements that usually involve multiple body joints, can become easy for many patients.  In addition, injured joints appear to heal faster and “click and slip less,” as some patients would often say.

Healthy Pilates moves that flow, connecting every part of our bodies gracefully and fluidly, will yield amazing results in rehabilitation.  While practicing Pilates rehabilitation, I have learned to value my patients’ ability to organize their bodies in order to create whole-body movements that appear effortless and tension-free.

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