mat pilates

How about a little of both mat & reformer and more!  “Pilates” exercise is actually a movement system that includes the mat, reformer, cadillac/tower, and other apparatus.  Because the equipment is expensive and takes up space, many health clubs and gyms only offer mat classes.  Pilates studios with equipment can offer mat and reformer classes…

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Pilates is a method of exercise created by Joseph Pilates. He developed his movement system during the outbreak of World War 1 while interned as an “enemy alien” along with other German Nationals. He later moved to the U.S, and he and his wife Clara had their New York City Studio at 939 8th Avenue.…

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Staying home and practicing “Social Distancing” is important right now for everyone’s health and well being.  According to a story on CBS This Morning it’s taking its toll on the mental and emotional health of 45% of Americans. Part of what makes us feel safe and reassured is social engagement that includes face to face…

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In this recent podcast, Karin Locher, founder of  the Centre for Spatial Medicine explains what fascia is, how we benefit from being aware of it, and what happens to our fascia when we endure stress or trauma…physically and emotionally.  The conclusion of the podcast will have you thinking “this would be great for everybody!” In…

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3 ways Performance Pilates & Fascia can help Houston Astros, Carlos Correa & Aaron Sanchez recover from injuries Houston Astros, Carlos Correa and Aaron Sanchez are on the injured list after beating the Tigers. Carlos is out due to back pain. Aaron Sanchez has a tight pec muscle from throwing those fast balls. Here are…

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“Pilates” is a movement system created by a man…Joseph Pilates…for men! Upon moving to the U.S. from Germany after WWI, Mr. Pilates began working with dancers, and it grew in popularity among women. Today you see mostly women in Pilates pictures and advertising, and it’s perceived to be for women. At Performance Pilates we have…

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I’m sure we’d all like to reverse the aging process. We all grow older but a “number” doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t go on a hike, run a race, site see, play on the floor with grand children…and then get up. Why is it that we lose the mobility of our youth? It’s because…

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Not to be cliche, but I thought I would talk about this as we near New Year’s Resolution time.   Is the quality or success of your workout determined by how sore your muscles are afterwards?  A good workout should make you feel strong, energized, and at peace with yourself, instead of exhausted, sore or injured. Soreness is…

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We wear clothes that make us feel attractive, confident, and comfortable…or not.  We have stretchy and loose, or tight and restricting clothing…the later sometimes requires uncomfortable cute shoes.  You probably wouldn’t want to go for a run or have a Pilates workout in the tight uncomfortable clothes because they would restrict movement.  Being comfortable in your…

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Does your Pilates instructor know if you have Osteoporosis, spinal or disc injuries? How about shoulder, hip or other joint issues? Eye conditions? Are you pregnant? Do you have back pain, sciatica or scoliosis? Perhaps you have a knee or hip replacement? Are you recovering from surgery? Do you have any other physical considerations? Does…

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A blog by Performance Pilates Co-Owner, Cody Robbins You get a team of qualified instructors with combined 40+ years of experience  Personal attention  Small equipment classes  Mat classes  Private sessions  Classes are approximately an hour long.  Correction with direction. We make sure you are doing the exercises correctly and safely for your body.  A fascial…

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A Blog by Cody Robbins – Co-Owner: Performance Pilates- I recently competed in a horse show and did well!  I was Champion in my Schooling Jumper Division on Saturday, and could have been on Sunday.  In the throws of competition I wanted to out do myself on Sunday and it didn’t go quite as well.  I…

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Feedback from the springs on the Reformer or any other Pilates apparatus, can give you a feeling of awareness and safety.  You can let go of tension and let your body move.  In Reformer exercises like the Hundred, Coordination, Backstroke and Teaser,  reaching into the straps and springs helps to deepen the arm line connection. …

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I quote Thomas Myers, author of the Anatomy Trains, talking about healthy fascia saying “If you think of children, they bounce.  If you think of grandma, she doesn’t bounce.” Thomas Myers was talking about how our fascia (connective tissue) is healthy and hydrated when we are young and slowly dries out as we age. “…Our…

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To understand Anatomy Trains you must first understand Fascia. Fascia is the connective, web-like tissue under the skin. It covers the entire body like a spider man suit, encases the muscles, organs, muscle fibers, nerves and bones. Myofascia relates to the fascia surrounding and separating muscle tissue (muscle – fascia). Specifically, there are twelve myofascia…

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“Fascia” is a word you will be seeing and hearing more and more.   If I told you that movement could become next to effortless, or that you wouldn’t feel exhausted or as sore after your workout or practicing your “sport”, would you believe me?  That is what I’m finding from my own personal experiences practicing…

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With Father’s Day coming up, we’ve been highlighting Pilates for Men, and pointing out a few notables. Cleveland Cavaliers Forward, Labron James, is taking his sixth straight trip to the finals, including his four with Miami…and yes, Pilates is part of his training program!  In the off season he swims and takes Pilates and Yoga classes…

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Golf Digest recommends Pilates exercise on the Reformer to improve your golf swing and game.  We couldn’t agree more!  At Performance Pilates we offer classes and private sessions that include work on the Reformer, Mat and other apparatus. You can even see the Greatwood Golf Club course from our studio. Your first session is just…

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