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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.

Holy Core!

Holy Core!

The beauty of pilates, especially on the machines is that each and every exercise can be modified. While some people may need adjustments to simplify an activity, others may need modifications in order to challenge themselves further.

Kneeling on a machine can be quite challenging, as you can see in the above picture. It requires a great deal of core strength and stability to be upright on the machine and imposing upper body movement on a steady base of support. This activity would most often be performed at an intermediate level of training.

For those who are not ready to kneel or find the postition uncomfortable, there are several simple modifications they can make and still receive maximum benefit from the exercise. Often clients will either sit on the edge of the reformer with their legs dangling over the side, or they will sit on top of the long box with their feet planted on the reformer.

In all of these scenarios, the essence of the exercise can be achieved but the approach will vary based on the specific needs of the individual. To make a very long story short, everyone gets a hard and safe workout, that challenges their core and embraces their unique body and abilities.

Meet You For Lunch on Thursday at Noon

Meet You For Lunch on Thursday at Noon

We stood side by side at the Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Packed in tight with so many other women and girls, I could feel my heart beating in my chest and an overwhelming sense of fulfillment.
We left our notes, silently speaking our wishes, dreams and gratitude. The heat of this August day could be felt through our two, single but coupled hands pressed against the ancient rock. My daughter and I had been heard.

The more I reflect upon this incredible day, the more I can’t help thinking about so many others who are never heard. Sadly, so many people have little to no voice.

So…we have decided to offer our followers and friends (and their friends) the opportunity to attend a free mat class, at Pilates Detroit, every Thursday from 12 to 1pm. The first participant to commit will get to name the charity of their choice that we will collect donations for.
No strings, no donation is required, give what you want or what you can. The catch is, come prepared to work hard!

Message me so I know you’re coming, or just show up for a sick lunch!

The Take Home

The Take Home

I have to admit, it took me a while to find the right picture for this next blog post. I wanted to grab the reader’s attention, and I struggled with finding an image that made “homework” exciting and engaging. Honestly, flipping a 600 lb. tire seems to get people talking, but in my professional opinion, it is not for everyone.

“Why not?” That’s what I would be thinking if I were you.

Lifting a tire in excess of 500-600 lbs. requires excellent biomechanical technique and equally superior abdominal, gluteal and trunk strength. It is an activity that can only be completed safely with the combination of hip/knee/ankle flexibility, power and the ability to load and unload your hips with an explosive effort.

While many people may be able to check off some of these qualities on their abilities list, combining the strength, flexibilty and core stability required to flip a tire is much more elusive. Throw in a chronic neck, shoulder, low back or knee injury and now you are dealing with an assymetric body trying to handle a very heavy, unstable load. I have seen many patients walk through my physical therapy door as a result of mismanagement or poor decision making in a gym setting.

I want to be clear, I am not trying to disuade anyone from going to the gym and working with a certified trainer on activities appropriate to their level of health and fitness. I’m totally on board with seeking new challenges and testing the limits. But we all need to be smart. We all need to start with a strong foundation and build from there. We all need to do our homework before taking the tests, flipping the tires, jumping over walls, and standing on our heads.

This is where Pilates Detroit comes in. Think of us as your tutor, your study buddy or your friend with all of the answers. We will help you lay the foundation needed to play outside the box.

Come for a comprehensive 60-minute evaluation including posture and gait analysis, muscle strength testing, flexibility, balance, and functional movement assessment. After compiling all of this information, we will formulate an individualized exercise program with your specific goals in mind. You will then receive a detailed handout describing the suggested exercises, and you will spend an additional 60-minute session reviewing each activity and asking questions (as many and as dumb as you want:).

We got your back, literally and figuratively.

-Pilates Detroit