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.
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!
Marc is a four time Ironman triathlete, he has completed more than 20 marathons, and he owns his own estate planning law firm. He is often referred to as a chameleon or sand bagger, because he can turn his intensity and pace up and down at will. He is the kind of guy that absoultely shines under the rigors and challenges of the course, conditions and competition he comes up against.
Obvious question here is… “Why is he working on the reformer when from the looks and sound of it, he has it all?”
That’s a fair question and the answer is simple…Marc knows that staying flexible and building core strength from the deepest layer of his abdominals will be the keys to his longevity in multisport and running. He has tight hamstrings and infrequent but severe episodes of low-back pain. He is training on the pilates reformer and trap table in order to gain length in his hamstrimgs, stabilize his low back and pelvis, and to strengthen his abdominals, glutes and back extensors. Marc is a triple threat: he has excellent body awareness, he is mindful, and he is determined.
Don’t be afraid to set your sights high, to work outside of your comfort zone, to reach for the seemingly unobtainable. We are all showing up to the “starting line” with our individual strengths and weaknesses. With determination and focus, you can build the body you need in order to achieve the goals you have dreamed of.
Let us help…