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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 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.

 

 

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.


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.

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

The Witness Protection Program

The Witness Protection Program

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!