Calgary Pilates https://calgarypilates.com Movement is life Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:12:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://calgarypilates.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-v-32x32.png Calgary Pilates https://calgarypilates.com 32 32 Hormone Havoc to Hormone Happy! https://calgarypilates.com/2016/11/hormone-havoc-to-hormone-happy/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/11/hormone-havoc-to-hormone-happy/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:23:30 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=823 The post Hormone Havoc to Hormone Happy! appeared first on Calgary Pilates.

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How is Stress Affecting You: Free Seminar https://calgarypilates.com/2016/07/how-is-stress-affecting-you-free-seminar/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/07/how-is-stress-affecting-you-free-seminar/#respond Mon, 04 Jul 2016 17:57:40 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=804 The post How is Stress Affecting You: Free Seminar appeared first on Calgary Pilates.

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[July 22, 2016] Stress is not “just in your head” it is a physiologic response that if not managed can lead to health issues.

Join us for a free seminar on July 22nd at 6pm!

This free education health talk will be presented by Jeanette Queen, anti-aging expert & co-founder of EvolveWell Medical Centre. Her advanced degrees, training and experience have led her to be a foremost expert in the field of health.

Call or register online for free today.

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Pilates for core strength https://calgarypilates.com/2016/06/pilates-for-core-strength/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/06/pilates-for-core-strength/#respond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 03:24:19 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=800 Pilates is one of the best exercises for strengthening the core. Practically every motion you make each and every day requires using your core. A weak or inflexible core can impair mobility, while a strong core enhances balance and stability which can prevent injuries and ultimately improve your posture. Most of us associate core strength […]

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Pilates is one of the best exercises for strengthening the core. Practically every motion you make each and every day requires using your core. A weak or inflexible core can impair mobility, while a strong core enhances balance and stability which can prevent injuries and ultimately improve your posture.
Most of us associate core strength with the big surface muscles that we tend to place our focus on. The core muscles actually include the muscles that are below the surface musculature. So while many forms of exercise focus on strengthening the big surface muscles, Pilates trains the body so that all of the core muscles work together to support and stabilize the back which is essential for back health.
When it comes to developing a strong core with well toned abs, the Pilates method is unparalleled.

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Is Pilates right for me? https://calgarypilates.com/2016/06/is-pilates-right-for-me/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/06/is-pilates-right-for-me/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:16:39 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=797 Some people contemplate starting a Pilates exercise program because they are unsure if the practice of Pilates will be right for them. One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. From athletes to dancers to seniors, people are reaping the benefits! This is […]

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Some people contemplate starting a Pilates exercise program because they are unsure if the practice of Pilates will be right for them. One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. From athletes to dancers to seniors, people are reaping the benefits! This is because Pilates can be tailored to a wide range of individual needs. Women rebounding from pregnancy and people at various stages of physical rehabilitation use the Pilates method on their path to wellness.

If enhanced strength, balance, flexibility and improved posture is what you are looking for in a fitness program, Pilates is the place to start. Pilates provides the key to building a strong foundation of fitness for the interests of people of all populations, and it can do the same for you!

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How does Pilates help your posture? https://calgarypilates.com/2016/06/how-does-pilates-help-your-posture/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/06/how-does-pilates-help-your-posture/#respond Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:19:37 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=788 In Pilates, we pay a lot of attention to our alignment. We usually think of our alignment as our posture, but good posture is a dynamic process, dependent on the body’s ability to align its parts to respond to varying demands effectively. When we have poor posture, uneven stresses on the skeleton, especially the spine, […]

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In Pilates, we pay a lot of attention to our alignment. We usually think of our alignment as our posture, but good posture is a dynamic process, dependent on the body’s ability to align its parts to respond to varying demands effectively. When we have poor posture, uneven stresses on the skeleton, especially the spine, are the result. Good posture that goes beyond the look of being aligned requires core strength. Having core strength means that all of the muscles of the trunk of your body are strong, flexible, and working together to support and stabilize the spine.

Pilates exercises create uniform muscle use and development, allowing movement to flow through the body in a natural way. Practicing Pilates increases the awareness of the proper placement of the spine and pelvis. It also creates the inner strength to support the natural curves of the spine. Having a healthy spine will assist you on your road to optimal health!

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The Pilates Method Principals https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/the-pilates-method-principals/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/the-pilates-method-principals/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 21:36:27 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=720 The Pilates Method is set apart from other exercise methodologies by 6 principles that form the foundation and basis of the system. Breathing – Breathing is essential for life, however there are many breathing applications while exercising. A full and continuous breath is encouraged which allows for effective oxygenation of the blood. Centering – This […]

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The Pilates Method is set apart from other exercise methodologies by 6 principles that form the foundation and basis of the system.

Breathing – Breathing is essential for life, however there are many breathing applications while exercising. A full and continuous breath is encouraged which allows for effective oxygenation of the blood.

Centering – This concept relates to the core in that all movements or exercises initiate from a deep core connection and flow outwards to the limbs. This is also explained as working the body from the inside out which relates to ensuring that the body is working from a place of stability before moving.

Concentration – Total focus on what you are doing, the whole body, all the time! A pilates practitioner’s focus is to perform movements as correctly as possible according to their personal skill level. This requires concentration within each moment to ensure that alignment is maintained and the muscles are firing appropriately in proper sequence and maintaining this focus throughout the workout.

Control – Be in control of your body in each moment, not at it’s mercy! Control of the body requires consistent practice which in turn develops strength with the goal of the body being able to perform movements more autonomically, thus leaving the mind able to focus on fine tuning.

Precision – This is based on the idea of quality vs quantity. The correct movements each time you execute them, with proper sequencing and muscular contractions, creates quality and efficiency of movement. Less repetitions done with more precision is highly effective as the body does not fight against imbalances and poor movement habits.

Flow (Fluidity) – The exercises are intended to flow within and into each other in order to build strength and stamina. It is about smooth, uninterrupted, continuous movement. There is no holding of positions, nor jerky or ballistic movements.

All of these principles are interdependent and are applied to a pilates practice each and every time. Pilates method exercise is as much strengthening of mental acuity as it is a strengthening tool for the body physically.

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What are the benefits from Pilates? https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/what-are-the-benefits-from-pilates/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/what-are-the-benefits-from-pilates/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 21:35:34 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=718 Simply put, Pilates gives you the ability to move through life with ease and confidence! It is a workout regime that focuses on creating better body awareness and working from your core which increases stability and results in more efficient patterns. Pilates develops strength from the deepest parts of the body. Muscles are not working […]

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Simply put, Pilates gives you the ability to move through life with ease and confidence!

It is a workout regime that focuses on creating better body awareness and working from your core which increases stability and results in more efficient patterns.

Pilates develops strength from the deepest parts of the body. Muscles are not working isolation but work as a whole to create a whole body synergy. This mimics the way the body reacts to its surroundings naturally while bridging the mind and the body through focussed breathing.

The body is encouraged to return to its natural state, improving posture, releasing tension, increasing energy and promoting an overall long, lean and toned physique.

Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.

Other benefits are:

  • increased strength and range of motion
  • a more balanced musculature
  • better coordination and movement patterns
  • increased breathing capacity
  • better sleep
  • reduced fatigue and/or chronic pain
  • enhanced athletic performance

Furthermore, Doctors, Physical Therapists, Dancers, and Athletes have long revered the Pilates Method as a powerful healing and educational physical training system.

So whether you are getting into shape, rehabilitating from an injury, struggling with pain, training for an athletic competition, improving your sports technique or just looking for an interesting non-impact physical challenge, the Pilates Method is a great option to add to your activities!

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What is Pilates? https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/what-is-pilates/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/what-is-pilates/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 21:34:32 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=716 The question is often asked and truly to understand Pilates Method training, one has to experience it! Pilates is a true Mind-Body discipline. It requires systematic practice of specific sequences of exercises. Its emphasis on purity of form of each movement, demands total focus and concentration creating a bridge between mental acuity and physical execution! […]

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The question is often asked and truly to understand Pilates Method training, one has to experience it!

Pilates is a true Mind-Body discipline. It requires systematic practice of specific sequences of exercises. Its emphasis on purity of form of each movement, demands total focus and concentration creating a bridge between mental acuity and physical execution!

Pilates strengthens and stretches, corrects muscular imbalances, encourages improved postural habits and can alleviate back, neck and other joint problems. It promotes proper musculo-skeletal alignment and neuromuscular patterning while balancing muscular force at the joint level. It works several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth continuous motion with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core.

A Pilates method workout is core-driven, and the whole body is integrated with every sequence as opposed to parts of the body working in isolation. It embodies the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” by Aristotle. Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time in creating a timeless method of improving the body!

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Yamuna® Body Rolling https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/nutrition-seminar-2-2/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/nutrition-seminar-2-2/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 22:22:58 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=551 The post Yamuna® Body Rolling appeared first on Calgary Pilates.

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(October 21, 2015) Yamuna Body Rolling uses specially designed myofascial balls to enable you to work on yourself! Relieve aches and pains and take the impact out of your day as well as your body. Feel taller, lighter and relaxed as you let go of tension and create space in the body. Yamuna is a great way to stretch as well as an excellent compliment to Pilates and other exercises. Yamuna body rolling is the softer side of fitness.

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Detox & Rejuvenate Wellness Seminar https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/nutrition-seminar-2/ https://calgarypilates.com/2016/05/nutrition-seminar-2/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 22:04:24 +0000 http://calgarypilates.com/?p=548 The post Detox & Rejuvenate Wellness Seminar appeared first on Calgary Pilates.

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(December 4, 2015) Learn gentle detox and energizing strategies to help you loose weight and feel great!

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