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She’s a double threat…pilates and PT!

She’s a double threat…pilates and PT!

Polly Landgraf is originally from the Chicago suburbs.  She received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Illinois @ Chicago and moved to Michigan to start her PT career.  She was honored to be accepted into Oakland University’s inaugural OMPT program, graduating with her manual therapy certificate in 1992.  Throughout her career she has focused on orthopedics with specialty in spine.

Along the way, she and her husband  raised 3 great kids, the youngest graduating high school in 2018. While her PT career has been very rewarding, she found herself with time to learn and grow in a new but related direction.  Impressed with Allison Nakisher’s successful blending of PT and Pilates, Polly embraced the opportunity to train directly with Allison in Stott Pilates.

When not working, she enjoys skiing (water and snow!!), traveling and exploring cities and their histories, trying new restaurants, and baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  

Polly looks forward to combining her expertise in Physical Therapy and Pilates to promote health and wellness in her new setting at Pilates Detroit.

Sign up now with Polly and receive our new client introductory package offer of 3- 55 minute private sessions for $220!

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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Allison Nakisher grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, and went to the University of Michigan undergrad thinking she wanted to be a physician. After 4 years of pre-med, she moved to Chicago without a plan. It is there that she met her husband, Marc, and settled into a Master’s Program of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University Medical School. After graduating in 1998, Allison spent several years in Chicago working at an urban hospital and a suburban wellness center. Returning to Michigan in 2004, She began working in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic. At the same time, she completed her Comprehensive Certification in Stott Pilates and has taught pilates both privately and to her patients for the past 12 years. Along with opening her own Pilates studio called Pilates Detroit, Allison has developed a Runner’s clinic within her physical therapy practice. As owner and sole practitioner, she has created a unique approach to patient and client care by combining her orthopedic physical therapy skills with the tools Inherent to the Pilates methodology. 

In 2015, Allison achieved her lifelong personal goal of becoming an Ironman triathlete and was awarded a Bronze All World Athlete Award for being in the top 10% of women in her age group. I has since completed 2 more Ironman triathlons and multiple marathons. 

Allison is the proud mom to 3 amazing kids, Rachel, Ryan and Jonah!

Polly Landgraf is originally from the Chicago suburbs.  She received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Illinois @ Chicago and moved to Michigan to start her PT career.  She was honored to be accepted into Oakland University’s inaugural OMPT program, graduating with her manual therapy certificate in 1992.  Throughout her career she has focused on orthopedics with specialty in spine.

Along the way, she and her husband  raised 3 great kids, the youngest graduating high school in 2018. While her PT career has been very rewarding, she found herself with time to learn and grow in a new but related direction.  Impressed with Allison Nakisher’s success as a pilates instructor, Polly embraced the opportunity to train directly with Allison in Stott Pilates.

When not working, she enjoys skiing (water and snow!!), traveling and exploring cities and their histories, trying new restaurants, and baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  

Polly looks forward to offering pilates training in her new setting at Pilates Detroit.

 

 

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.

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.

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!