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Pilates: Take the journey into health

Consider a time in your life when you felt the most vibrant, fit and fluid. Was it as a child, outside during the summer? Perhaps, playing in a ball game or on a walk? Do you remember how good you felt?

Often, our best childhood memories include those times when we were most active – bursting onto the playground during recess, swinging on the jungle gym, or riding a bike for miles. Unfortunately, these memories can fade as we move through our 20s, 30s and beyond.

And one day, a realization occurs. Not only have the memories faded, but our clothes don’t fit, our back aches, our posture is terrible and our energy is low. There is good news, however. It’s not too late to change these things. Whether you are 25 or 65, a Pilates exercise program can help restore mobility, flexibility, improve posture and increase overall health.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercise developed by German-born Joseph Pilates. In 1926, Joseph and Clara Pilates brought their exercise system, originally called ‘Contrology’ to New York City. The Pilates method is a physical movement program focusing on breathing, concentration, control, centering, precision and rhythm. Pilates stretches, strengthens and balances the body by developing strength in the core muscles. The core muscles include the abdominal muscles as well as the muscles around the hips and spine.

Originally, this exercise system was attractive to dancers and performers because of its ability to allow them to train muscles that were similar to their dance training. Today, Pilates has developed into a unique system of exercise that can be modified for people of all ages and activity levels.

The Pilates Studio

At the Pilates Studio of The Christ Hospital, we combine state of the art rehabilitation with the brilliance of Pilates movement. We welcome rehab-directed clients as well as those focused on fitness, including athletes, dancers and individuals who want to get in shape.

For more information about the Pilates Studio of The Christ Hospital or to make an appointment, please call 513-585-1069 or go to www.TheChristHospital.com.

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