Pilates Apparatus

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This Is The Equipment That You Will Be Introduced To

At

Stretch ER

Your Pilates & Stretch Studio

Just like anything else, Pilates terms have changed over time. If we go back in time to find the origins of this labeling methodology, we would find that JP (the inventor of Pilates) called Pilates equipment simply “the apparatus.” The term “equipment” is also suitable. However, Pilates exercisers and instructors, like Joseph Pilates, use the more elegant term, “apparatus” instead of “machine” as well.

Pilates elder, Romana Kryznanowska, (who trained many of the Pilates luminaries) used to say,

“Machines have engines. This isn’t a machine, it’s an apparatus.”

Studio Equipment

Accessories

  • Ring Of Fire or Magic Circles
  • Resistance Bands
  • Weights
  • Mats
  • Small Balls
  • Calf Stretchers
  • Jump Boards

Apparatuses

  • Reformers
  • Wunda Chairs
  • High Barrels
  • Cadillac
  • Spine Corrector
  • Spring Boards
  • Arm Chair
  • Ped-O-Pull

This is the type of equipment you would expect to find at a fully operational Pilates studio. You may find just Reformers at boutique group class studios, but a complete Pilates studio, like Stretch ER, delivers one-on-one training as well as group classes, the entire suite of Pilates devices are “must haves.”

Reformer

What Is A Reformer?

The Reformer is referred to as, traditional Pilates equipment, and it is definitely a beloved standard in Pilates studios! The resistance similar to weight training challenges your body to tone and strengthen your muscles. Resistance training has long lasting benefits. The Reformer is fabulous for back pain because it is such an effective way to strengthen your core muscles and increase flexibility, which reduces pressure on your spine. Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. … A stable torso helps relieve and prevent stress on your back.

How Is It Used?

A wide variety of exercises are done on the Reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. Most Reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs.

Wunda Chair

The Pilates Chair, or Wunda Chair, is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment that is gaining ground in mainstream fitness. Joseph Pilates developed this apparatus as a home piece. You could set it up in your living room as a chair to sit in and work out on it if you felt the urge. He was so ahead of his time!

Ladder Barrel

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What Is A Ladder Barrel/High Barrel?

It is a wooden structure which has a curved padded, leather/PVC covered coating. The back section of the barrel has three horizontal poles connecting the upper structure, and at the top, a longer bar extends past the structure itself. The main wooden structure on top of the curved wood is fixed in place. The ladder barrel is in the family of barrels, and a small barrel and spine corrector are additional accessories in this family of equipment.

How Is It Used?

The Ladder Barrel is one of the best ways to strengthen the back muscles. Through back extension exercises, one can experiment with a range of flexion and extension exercises for his or her back. This unique piece of equipment is a good overall strengthener and has many uses; it is more likely to be found in a studio than in, say…a gym.

Cadillac

What Is The Cadillac?

The Cadillac, aka: trap (trapeze) table, is often the “jaw dropper when someone new walks into our studio. Because it requires a lot of client-specific instruction, the cadillac is most commonly used in private sessions at Stretch ER. The trap table is the ultimate in adding a gravity challenge to your workout. This piece allows for a more controlled environment when rehabbing and is versatile to being able to defy gravity with some exercises. 

Open House

OPEN HOUSE

JANUARY 18TH

2019

Medical Professionals 4:30PM-5:30PM

Community Members 5:30PM-7:30PM

WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE WHAT WE DO AT

YOUR PILATES AND STRETCH STUDIO

AND WE WANT TO SHARE A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE WITH ALL OUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ABOUT OUR STUDIO

 

StretchER IS THE FIRST OF IT’S KIND PROVIDING EXEMPLARY SERVICES IN WAY NEVER DONE BEFORE, IN OUR HOMETOWN OR SURROUNDING AREAS. WE OFFER FASCIAL STRETCH THERAPY™ AND PILATES TO INDIVIDUALS SEEKING PREVENTATIVE,CORRECTIVE AND/OR REHABILITATIVE SERVICES

COME HEAR HOW

 

OUR STUDIO IS THE CHANGE IN THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMUNITY THAT WE HAVE BEEN NEEDING!

WHILE BUSINESS HAS BEEN MORE THAN KIND TO US IN THE LAST TWO YEARS SINCE OPENING OUR STUDIO, WE ARE MORE CONVINCED THAN EVER THAT STRETCH ER HAS SO MUCH MORE TO OFFER NACOGDOCHES AND SURROUNDING CITIES. WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THE WAY IN WHICH TO REACH THE MASSES IS TO SOLICIT HELP.

IT IS OUR GOAL TO PARTNER WITH OUR LOCAL HEALTHCARE AND SPORTS MEDICINE PROFESSIONALS…PHYSICIANS, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & TRAINERS, COACHES, AND SO MANY OTHERS, IN OUR MEDICAL COMMUNITY.

 

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STOP Cronic Back Pain!!

Do You Or Someone You Know

Suffer From Cronic Back Pain?

Find Out Why

Pilates

Is Just What The Certified Pilates Teacher Ordered!

 

 

How Can Pilates Help My Cronic Back Pain?

Pilates is a particularly good exercise for many people with back pain as it is designed to strengthen the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, which provide support to the back. It has been found to reduce chronic back pain and the disability associated with back pain. The Neutral Spine position taught in Pilates is used as the most functionally ideal or “perfect” posture for our bodies. The strong focus on core (deep abdominal) strengthening creates stronger support muscles for the spine.

The Reformer Makes A Dramatic Impression When

You First See One

And An Even More Dramatic Change In Your Body

When You Use One!!

 

 

Why The Reformer?

The Reformer offers all the benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things, in turn, lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful and efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain.

What Is The Reformer?

It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks on it that keep practitioners from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage.

At the spring end of the reformer, there is an adjustable bar called a footbar. The footbar can be used by the feet or hands as a practitioner moves the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame. They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformers parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and different levels of skill.

How Do I Use It?

A wide variety of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. Most Pilates reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs.

One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways, and all kinds of variations. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.

How Often Should I Practice Pilates? 

If you are new to Pilates and you sign up for one of our Beginner level classes this week; ie: I Have Issues or Back To Basics, that’s 100% more than you were doing last week, and that’s AWESOME!! In my experience, once a week can help supplement your other physical activities. BUT…Pilates 2-3 times a week is enough to start seeing noticeable changes.  So, in about 10 sessions broken down into 1-3 sessions a week consistently, a Client will see a change.

*Of course, the results a Client sees from Pilates varies depending on the individual*

We have to take into consideration how active the person is prior to Pilates, whether or not they are involved in any other physical activities, and/or existing injuries. Really, the best tip to new Pilates Clients is to make Pilates a HABIT and create your very own GOALS!!

These two things will effect how you perform each exercise. To gain the best results from Pilates, it is also a matter of committing to focusing on multiple things during the exercises in class such as the coordination, control, and to breath. Pilates, if a regular routine, should translate into every day activities because it builds a body awareness, strength, and flexibility.

 

 

By Implementing These Techniques Into Your Everyday Life, You’ll..

Begin To FIX The Problem At The CAUSE

Rather Than Only TREAT The SYMPTOMS

 

 

6 Exercises For Lower Back Pain

1. Pelvic Tilt or Imprinting

2. Chest Lift

3. Supine Spinal Twist

4. Hamstring and Hip Flexor Stretch

5. Roll Backs

6. Kneeling Arm and Leg Reach

Schedule Your Class Or Private Session Now

As always, it is recommended to consult your doctor or specialist before beginning a new exercise program if you do suffer from LBP. Depending on the cause, some exercises may not be advisory. In some cases, it may also be necessary to be under the supervised guidance of a qualified Pilates instructor.

More Birdies & Lower Scorecards

The One Major Misconception About Pilates

Is….

Pilates Is Only For The Ladies… NOT The Men.

 

You may ­have heard …

“Pilates is a Women’s-Only exercise discipline.”

Or

“Only dancers practice pilates.”

Or even,

“Men go to the gym & lift weights, for a productive & beneficial workout.”

 

Well, Allow US To Set The Record Straight…

That couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, I’d like to challenge any man that’s skeptical about whether or not practicing Pilates on a Reformer can give him a quality workout.

Schedule an appointment for a Private Pilates Session or sign up for a Pilates Class. Afterwards, lets see if you change your perspective.

Who’s Up For The Challenge???

Before we get into how Pilates is essential to better course play, lets talk about what Pilates is all about first.

By definition,  Pilates is a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture. It is also helpful with enhancing mental awareness. Originating from & named after the German physical fitness specialist, Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. His method combines flowing poses, precise body movements & rhythmic breathing to provide a number of health benefits. JP’s  ideology, in Layman‘s terms was, bringing the body, the mind, and the spirit into balance.

So, you may be wondering, “What in the world is a Reformer & how is it used?”

The platform, aka: the carriage, slides back & forth using cables & springs. Adjusting the springs can increase or decrease the resistance; thus, making it more or less challenging to control.

Now, after sharing some basic knowledge

about Pilates, let’s get into how it can help

your Golf Game!

 When we consider the amount of “mileage” one’s body accumulates on the green, with each bend of the knee or turn of a drive, the overuse of particular muscles is practically inevitable. Even though, some  may be under the impression that the body of a golfer doesn’t take a physical beating like other athletes that participate in “contact” sports (i.e. basketball or football); that’s just NOT true. It’s actually quite astonishing to learn just how much strain the physique of a golfer truly endures.  Think about it… When golfing, one is constantly leaning over to pick up a ball, squatting down to measure a put and twisting the body with every swing of the club. Eventually, this will cause an imbalance.  In most cases, muscle and balances found in golfers affect the legs, hips, arms, shoulders, and the lower back. After the age of 50, one’s stamina may not measure up to be what it was 20 or 30 years ago.

 The way in which Pilates assists the golf swing begins with posture.

Extraordinary attention is given to the position of the spine; this stimulates the reduction of lower back tension for competing players. As a result, the swing becomes more precise since enhanced posture eases other portions of the body such as the shoulder and wrist. Developed mechanics, over time, make for a greater probability that a swing can become more powerful & accurate.

After all, it is public knowledge… Tiger Woods & Annika Sorenstam are two notable athletes in the golfing world that have publicly spoken about reaping the benefits of Pilates, in their successful careers, of playing the game. Butch Harmon, a well respected, premier trainer in the sport was quoted saying that the program he started with Sarah Christensen, honed in on targeting biomechanics of the golf swing, which allowed him to hit the ball 20 to 25 yards farther.

Because Pilates works on stability, strength, & mobility, golfers find having strong glutes increase distance with their swing.  Additionally, in working the deepest ab & back muscles, golfers are more likely to be stronger. Strength in the core proves  beneficial for injury prevention as well.

 Why wouldn’t you want to hit the ball

farther, straighter & more accurately with

less chance of injury?

Multiple Sclerosis, Pilates & Stretch Therapy

What Is Multiple Sclerosis

 MS is a chronic neurological disorder in which the immune system apparently and inexplicably attacks the protective myelin sheaths surrounding nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Sclerosis refers to the plagues, or scars, that can form at the site of destruction.

Treatment

Conventional Medical Treatment

includes drugs aimed at lessening frequency & severity of attacks, thus slowing progression & decreasing potential of permanent damage to the central nervous system. Additionally, drugs may be prescribed for chronic symptoms such as depression and pain. 

Alternative Therapies

are aimed at a holistic balancing of the body/mind. Akind to a “well-being”approach for addressing body, mind,& spirit. This is essential to combating the effects of the disease, some believe.

Self-care is thought to be helpful as well. A few examples can include, but are not limited to, a daily routine of pilates or yoga, meditation, and attention to diet. Some dietary supplements have been found beneficial.

Massage & bodywork are among alternatives recommended by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). Though research in these areas is minimal. It has been found massage therapy/ human touch, lowered anxiety, improved depressed mood, & increased self-esteem & body image in some individuals.

More eclectic approaches in treatment & therapy are:

•Muscle Energy Techniques

•Passive-Positional Muscle Release

•Fascial Release Techniques

Pilates

involves precise moves & specific breathing techniques. It is great for strengthening and toning your abdomen & pelvis. Pilates also helps us maintain good posture. With that being said, a strong mind/body connection is inevitable. That alone, is reason enough practicing pilates helps those with MS. By increasing core stability, maintaining a standing balance isn’t as daunting as it could be, without a strong core.

A person with MS will, at some stage in the disease, have times when his or her body doesn’t respond to what the brain is telling it to do. In some instances, one may be incapable of feeling things clearly, or even at all. Just by having a CPT put their hands on the client… where his or her body is in space… seems to prove very important. Afterall, it’s much better than not being touched at all.

Fascial Stretch Therapy

as stated in my last post, is the practice of improving  the mobility of one’s nerves & the flexibility of his or her muscles & fascia by focusing on the fascial lines that connect through & wrap around muscle, nerves, organs, &  just about everything else in your body. The FS Therapist’s goal, by using specific techniques, is increasing the blood flowing to the body & brain; more energy is flowing down the spine, to the spinal column… giving the individual more energy & allows them to move easier. All while aligning the whole body, working on structural balancing & releasing spasticity by using flexing & range-of-motion work.

Fatigue is often stress-related, so massage & Stretch therapy are very effective in helping people relax and de-stress.

Awareness exercises & movement can help clients learn to pay attention & to feel more in their body.

Gaining confidence in knowing one can do something, is extremely beneficial when suffering from chronic illness, because, like many others, this disease deprives the individual of feeling in control.

 

What Is Plantar Fasciitis

(Foot Pain)

Plantar Fasciitis (PF)

consist of a gradual onset of pain under the heel which may radiate forward, into the foot.

Symptoms

There may be tenderness under the sole of the foot & on the inside of the heel when pressing in. The pain can range from being slightly uncomfortable to very painful depending on how badly it is damaged.

Treatment 

In order to successfully treat the issue, allowing the tissue to heal one must:

Unload pressure on the PF

Prevent the arch of the foot from tightening

Have a splint or tape

Deep tissue massage techniques

Foot Corrector

Most Likely or Possible Causes

  1. Tight Calf Muscles
  2. Improper Shoes
  3. Long Distance Running
  4. Age
  5. Exercising On Hard Terrane
  6. Body Weight
  7. Excessive or Extended Periods Of Time Standing

Exercises

Stretching the plantar fascia & the calf muscles are important exercises. Although resting the foot may reduce pain & inflammation, if part of the cause is tension in fascia. It will NOT  however “fix” the problem; in fact, the injury is likely to recur.

The Plantar Fascia Stretch is done by first rolling the foot over a ball, stretching underneath the foot. Then, pull the foot & toes upwards aiming to feel a stretch in the arch of the foot.

The Foot Corrector Works Much Like The Ball

Foot Corrector

Calf Stretches are effective & can be done 3 to 5 times a day; hold the stretch for no more than 30 seconds. (This should be done pain free)

Standing Wall Lunges Help Stretch The Calf Muscle In This Assisted Stretch Technique