Pilates is a comprehensive total body conditioning system appropriate for anyone and good for everyBODY! It is a proven, integrated and systematic approach to healthy movement that:
- strengthens, lengthens and tones the body
- improves posture and flexibility
- enhances balance and coordination
- increases stamina
- sharpens the mind
- revitalizes the spirit
Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, Pilates has stood the test of time and still today continually delivers the many powerful sound mind and body benefits intended by its creator. Pilates and his wife Clara worked to develop and perfect this movement training for over 60 years, creating a mind/body exercise system that works to restore, invigorate, strengthen, educate and heal the body. Utilizing the Pilates mat and equipment movements designed by Joseph Pilates, students are challenged to improve their alignment, coordination, circulation and balance while developing deep strength, increased flexibility and graceful movement patterns.
Pilates is widely practiced today for both its rehabilitative and fitness benefits. Offered in hospitals, universities, and private studios around the world, Pilates is increasingly recognized by members of the medical community as one of the most successful ways to treat pain syndromes caused by spinal disorders, joint disease and injury.
Whether you are active or lounge, play or compete, or have certain physical limitations, Pilates is right for you!
At Studio 360, we offer a variety of options to meet your needs whether you are a Pilates newbie or a devotee. Private, semi-private and group sessions are available by appointment.
Pilates for Children and Youth:“First educate the child” – Joseph H. Pilates
- Body Positioning & Awareness Skills: (focused awareness, attention, and concentration) to shift one’s focus from external stimuli to internal awareness of where the body is in space
- Healthful Breathing to promote slowing down, reflecting and becoming present
- Coordinated Breathing to sequence breathing patterns with movement, and then identify how the breath can make movements easier/harder
- Core Strengthening to support healthy growth and development of the trunk and extremities. Core strengthening exercises also provide opportunities for understanding how using the core muscles can assist with a variety of other physical sport and non-sport related activities
- Flexibility to demonstrate and identify the absence/presence of flexibility in key muscle groups which contribute to a healthy postural balance within the body
- Concentration & Coordination exercises, to assist in the development of focused movement and concentration by means of choreographed movement sequences with changing tempos
- Relaxation to promote balance and calm
- Group discussion to allow students an opportunity for inquiry and comment
The Development of Ortho-Bionomy®
Developed and founded by Arthur Lincoln Pauls, a British osteopath, Ortho-Bionomy® has its roots in osteopathy. Osteopathic principles emphasize structural alignment and unimpeded circulation of blood and lymph for physical health. In 1964, an American osteopath, Lawrence Jones, published an article titled Spontaneous Release by Positioning. Jones found that by slowly and carefully exaggerating an abnormal bony posture in such a way as to make the patient maximally comfortable, an amazing process unfolded. The patient treated in this gentle fashion spontaneously relaxed those muscles whose spasms had been keeping the bones in an abnormal position without force and without cracking or crunching.
What is Ortho-Bionomy®?
Ortho-Bionomy® is a system of working with innate reflexes. Ortho-Bionomy® bodywork introduces the concept of self-correcting reflexes as the basis for stimulating structural balance and client awareness. Gentle positioning is used to relieve joint and muscle pain and reduce stress. The work is non-forceful and indirect. Through the action of the proprioceptive nerves, natural self-corrective reflexes are stimulated, allowing the client to sense the releases and relaxation of patterns of tension and distress. Due to the gentleness of the techniques, acute pain can be addressed as well as chronic conditions that require more of an on-going process of rehabilitation. The client feels a part of the healing process and is encouraged and empowered to awaken to the potential within him or herself.
Ortho-Bionomy® sessions last approximately an hour. Comfortable, loose fitting clothing is suggested to allow full range of motion. The practitioner works with you to identify areas of discomfort, tension and pain as well as areas of comfort and ease of movement. Gentle movements, comfortable positioning, brief compressions and subtle contacts are used. No forceful movements or pressures are used. Every Ortho-Bionomy® session is specifically designed around your individual needs. Your practitioner will rely on your verbal feedback to find the techniques which best facilitate your body’s return to natural alignment. Typically, the relief of stress and tension lasts for days or longer after a session. Your practitioner may suggest self-care release techniques you can do at home. These self-care techniques further aid in relieving pain, restoring function, and rebalancing the body.