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.
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.
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!
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.
I have been in the medical profession for close to 20 years. Through the years, my patients’ privacy has become so protected that it is not uncommon for my husband and kids to question me, when I’m hugging a total stranger in the grocery store, “Who is that?” and I respond, “I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you!”
In the effort to respect privacy, I have gone CIA. (I’m pretty sure I learned that from my mom, she can keep a secret vaulted forever.) I avoid telling some of the funny stories or kind words of gratitude shared by patients and clients. I’m totally uncomfortable playing “Physical Therapy Geography” and seldomly take part in “Six Degrees of PT Separation.” Sounds crazy that this stuff even exists, but after seeing someone 2-3 times per week for 4-8 weeks, you get to know ALL about them, and their families, and their friends, and their pets, and their favorite restaurants, and their dying Great-aunt in West Virginia and so on!
Today, however, this is all going to change! I have been given a new sense of freedom as the owner of Pilates Detroit. A couple of days ago my very wise and hard working friend, let’s call her Becky S., encouraged me to start sharing testimonials from my clients. I was overwhelmed with hesitation and questions. She patiently explained to me, in not so many words, that I am no longer a part of the Witness Protection Program. I’m now able to speak freely about my life and work. She went on to tell me that by sharing the gratitude and success stories of my patients/clients, it would help bring new people into the Pilates Detroit fold. So, here goes nothing…
Two days ago, I received a text from a long-standing and beloved client of mine and he shared:
“Your new program for me is already paying dividends-I’ve had shoulder/upper trap pain for months that has basically gone away with the stretches you’ve given me. First pain free swim since about January!”
– Mike T.
Well, there it is, feels pretty good. Actually it feels really good, and I’m so happy that I am able to help patients and clients like Mike. I am extremely grateful for the gift of their trust and confidence in me!