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Reformer or Mat Pilates?

By Cody & Michelle | January 23, 2021 |
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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 or combine the mat reformer and cadillac with other apparatus including the chairs and barrels.  As a system, the different pieces of equipment provide variety and give everyone the ability to progress. Mat Pilates is the heart & soul of the work… The Mat exercises…

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What is Pilates?

By Cody & Michelle | January 23, 2021 |

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. There they worked with dancers and others who had heard about the healing properties of the “method”. The Pilates method of movement is designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. Benefits include a stronger core, toned & conditioned muscles, improved strength, flexibility, balance & control.…

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Mat Pilates & Virtual Studio During COVID-19

By Cody & Michelle | April 12, 2020 |

We’ve seen very noticable, remarkable change” in everyone attending our online mat classes and private sessions two or three times a week.

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Effects Of Social Distancing

By Cody & Michelle | April 4, 2020 |

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 time with everyone we encounter. Seeing the facial expressions of others is key. We search for “safety cues” in each other all the time in the eyes, mouth and tone of voice.  Lack of this “reassurance”, keeping our distance from others, and the daily news…

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Find Spatial Medicine at Performance Pilates & Fascia

By Cody & Michelle | August 24, 2019 |

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 the podcast Karin points out that we are only at the beginning of this huge realization in human anatomy and movement. Now that “Fascia” has become a buzzword in the fitness industry, people are becoming more curious and open to learning more. The big question…

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Pilates & Spatial Medicine For Athletes

By Cody & Michelle | August 24, 2019 |

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 3 ways Performance Pilates & Fascia can use Spatial Medicine techniques to bring them back in time for the playoffs!1. Myofascia Release: Releases movement restrictions in the soft tissue. Puts the “slide” back in fascial tissues which will speed healing and reduce the probability of…

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Pilates For Men at Performance Pilates | Sugar Land

By Cody & Michelle | June 7, 2019 |
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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 several male clients. Some of them are accountants, professional athletes, Doctors, Business Executives, and Retirees. Pilates and Fascial Movement helps them find pain relief, maintain mobility and flexibility, improves athletic performance, helps them to feel young, and continue the activities they love. Father’s Day is…

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Reverse the Aging Process With Pilates|Sugarland

By Cody & Michelle | June 7, 2019 |
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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 as we grow older our fascia slowly drys out. Sedentary lifestyles, repetitive movement, and stress make the problem worse. Because our fascia is the tissue of form, we take on the shape of what we do every day, and in how we feel. Overtime, we…

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Does Muscle Soreness Define a Good Workout?

By Cody & Michelle | December 22, 2018 |

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 really the result of held tension that restricts the distribution of load and force on the body.  You should be able to run, jump, lift weights, participate in a sport and be able to sit, stand and lift your arms the next day (or 2) without…

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Are You Comfortable In Your Own Skin?

By Cody & Michelle | November 7, 2018 |

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 own skin would be like wearing the stretchy, loose clothes giving you freedom to move in your Pilates or Yoga class, get in that run, and feel good doing it! “…Feeling good can make you more attractive than torturing yourself to look a certain way.”…

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