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Posture and Pilates: That’s the Simple Way to a Strong Core

Posture and Pilates: That’s the Simple Way to a Strong Core

Practicing pilates along with good posture and mindfulness will not only change the way we appear, it will transform how we feel inside of our bodies.

With so many exercise and fitness options available these days, it can be very confusing to figure out which approach will work for you. In my physical therapy practice, patients often ask me, “What are the best exercises to build a strong core?” The truth for most of us is that a strong core comes from spending as much time as possible throughout our day in good posture.

Being engaged, we hear that a lot, involves sitting, standing, walking, driving, running, or performing whatever your daily activities are in good body alignment.

Think about standing with equal weight in both feet and your head stacked upon your shoulders. Your feet are under your hips and your toes are pointed forward. It sounds simple, but if you pay attention ALL day to these few simple concepts, and keep your stomach nice and firm, you will then be doing the absolute best work toward having a strong core.

Pilates is based on 5 basic principles:

Breathing…Pelvic placement…Rib cage Alignment…Shoulder blade Movement…Head on neck Posture


The mind-body connection means being engaged both mentally and physically. It is achieved through practice and repetition, constantly reminding your body how to stay connected with your brain.

Make Pilates, Physical Therapy, and Running Analysis Appointments Online

Make Pilates, Physical Therapy, and Running Analysis Appointments Online

Making an appointment with Allison Nakisher, MPT, Stott Pilates Certified Instructor has never been easier. Either hit the orange button on the home page to quickly get directed to the schedule or browse around the site a little and select an item from our Pilates page. It will definitely be worth your while to look around, there are plenty of tips and doable fixes to be shared.


Breakin’ It Down For You One Run At A Time

Breakin’ It Down For You One Run At A Time

Most runners get started with nothing more than a pair of shorts, a shirt and hopefully a solid pair of shoes. They set out with a watch to keep track of time, some headphones to listen to music and maybe a pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes. Maybe. That’s the beauty of running, it’s simple.

Well, that’s not really telling the whole truth. Running can be simple if you are blessed with amazing feet, a very stable core, and the mental strength to endure both the highs and lows that come with the territory. Seems like a very blessed person to have all of that going for them, certainly not always the case for many of us.

But…isn’t it possible that even if you weren’t born to run, or you never really tried to run beyond the mile your gym teacher required in the seventh grade, you could learn to run?

The answer is YES, you can learn to run, you can improve your running efficiency, you can modify your mechanics to reduce the risk of injury, and you can grow stronger both physically and mentally while doing it. For real!

At Pilates Detroit, aka Run Detroit, we have spent several years analyzing the gait mechanics of runners both on the treadmill and on the road. Using video and multiple measures of running form and posture, we are able to make gradual changes to your running mechanics. This allows us to improve your efficiency and reduce risk of injury. Additionally, our runners are given exercise prescriptions and self-stretching programs to perform independently.

Sign up now by clicking the orange button on the home page (Schedule with Allison) or browse our Pilates packages and select the “Running Analysis” option.

Dancers Are Athletes

Dancers Are Athletes

Dancers are some of the world’s greatest athletes. Many dancers begin to dance at a very young age and train year round. They perform with no other equipment or apparatus than their own bodies. Dancing requires excellent flexibility, strength, control, coordination, and endurance.

It would only make sense then that dancers condition their body, just like all other athletes, for their given “sport.” Pilates has long been a method for dancers to build their body in order to meet the demands of repetitive twisting, bending, reaching, squatting, jumping and lunging. The roots of many Pilates movements comes from dance, as the pioneers of Stott Pilates treated injured dancers on their original machines.

At Pilates Detroit, we are particularly interested in meeting the needs of our young dancers, those who are just coming into the “sport” and want to perform their best without getting injured. We offer small group mat classes along with equipment sessions for dancers to improve their core stability and flexibility.

Additionally, Pilates Detroit conducts screenings with individual dancers at the onset of the season. We give each dancer feedback on both their strengths and weaknesses and develop a stretching and strengthening program they can do on their own. Most importantly, we help them to develop their own personalized set of goals for the coming year.

Our Core Values

Our Core Values

What we are trying to do at Pilates Detroit as a pilates studio, running clinic and rehabilitation center is be more present and more grounded in our clients. If we feel more centered in our approach to fitness and wellness, we can then be more responsible for our place in the community and our obligation to improve it.