Janette M. Ahrndt
Masters in Physical Therapy
Mayo School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN
9419 Coppertop Loop NE
New Motion Physical Therapy
Bainbridge Island, WA
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Methods and Modalities
Pilates is a total conditioning program for mind and body which simultaneously stretches and strengthens, and is generally done on specialized equipment.
Pilates is a safe and effective form of exercise which improves strength, flexibility, posture, balance and coordination. The core muscles and ‘power house’ are the foundation of the work. The efficiency and effectiveness of this method result from the focus on quality of movement, instead of quantity.
With the combination of mobility and stability, the body moves with energy, strength, and grace.
Pilates is a whole body and mind exercise which promotes proper biomechanics for safe and efficient performance of activities of daily living.
This unique program stretches and strengthens simultaneously, while coordinating movement and breath.
In initial instruction a spring-based apparatus assists in correct muscle activation. The ultimate goal is performance of exercises without assistance from the apparatus, the body moving in perfect balance.
Joseph H. Pilates coined the term “Contrology” to describe his program for the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks "with spontaneous zest and pleasure".
Born in Germany in 1880, Joseph was a frail child who over came his limitations with varied exercise and sport. Diving, gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, & Zen meditation were some of the disciplines in which he participated.
Joe used his exercises to maintain health and fitness of those interned in an English camp during WWI. Bed frames and springs were the tools utilized while refining his ideas and equipment design.
Joe immigrated to New York in 1923. Here he set up a studio with his wife, Clara, and worked with leading ballet dancers and many considered the ‘elite’ of the city. Joseph died in 1967.
Pilates exercise has gained great popularity with the generally public and rehabilitation community over the past 15 years.
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