Dear Clients, Friends and Family,
THE “INTERNAL SHOWER”
Joe calls it “Bodily House-Cleaning with Blood Circulation”
“…..your blood will flow with renewed vigor as a direct result of your faithfully performing Pilates exercises. Pilates induces the heart to pump strong and steadily with the result that the bloodstream is forced to carry and discharge more of the accumulated debris created by fatigue. Pilates drives pure fresh blood to every muscle fibre of the body, particularly to the capillaries which are rarely ever stimulated once we reach adulthood.” ….. Joe Pilates
Pilates exercises purify the blood in the bloodstream and carries clean fresh blood to all the organs of the body, including the sweat glands. Pilates guards against the unnecessary throbbing of the heart relieving it from undue strain, as most of the exercises are performed in a reclining or sitting position. The exercises will stir your sluggish circulation into action by discharging accumulated fatigue through the bloodstream. Your brain clears and your will power begins to function.
“True heart control follows correct breathing which simultaneously reduces heart strain, purifies the blood, and develops the lungs.”…….Joe Pilates
The above quotes from Joseph Pilates are taken from his book “Return to Life Through Contrology” originally published in 1934. For our purposes, “Contrology”, as the Method was originally named, has been substituted with “Pilates”, as we know it today.
Stay tuned for Part 2 (next month) of this “Internal Shower” when we discuss how breathing plays a big part as well. We are hoping by presenting this mini-series on the life changing benefits of Pilates, you will enhance and deepen your Pilates practice and become more in tuned with your body. The Pilates method is so much more than just “exercise” – and we want to share that so you can benefit fully.
In addition, we can’t forget to mention that adding the Pilates Jumpboard into your routine, produces increased cardiovascular benefits as well. And check out our BarSculpt class for a fun and effective interval training workout!
A sugar free treat to try…….
1/4 cup of Truvia Baking Blend
1/2 cup of almond flour
3 Tsbp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tsbp half and half
whipped cream for topping
In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, in another bowl mix together the wet ingredients. Combine dry mixture into the wet mixture. Put 1/4 of the batter into a coffee mug and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the mug and top with whipped cream. Refrigerate remaining batter for later.
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Pilates Positive Impact on Aging
Some of us know all too well the signs of aging. We are either experiencing them ourselves or seeing them in others. A decrease in height, and increase in weight, more fat and less lean muscle mass, rounded shoulders and upper back (kyphosis), reduced bone density (osteoperosis), loss of balance (increasing the risk of falls), and a general decrease in strength, to name a few. That’s the bad news, the good news is that there is a lot you can do to counteract this aging process. A good diet to guard against weight gain, and a program of moderate intensity exercise to help with body composition, posture, balance and strength can help immensely. Strength training on the Pilates Apparatus can increase lean muscle mass, reduce bone density loss, greatly improve posture and balance, providing a full body workout. By adding some cardio to your program, such as walking or cycling, you have all your bases covered!
Pilates addresses the “whole person”, and no one says it better than Joe did. ” Pilates (Contrology) developes the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” Joseph Pilates
This lovely lady is Darlene Elliott, a twice a week visitor to Pilates of Old Town. Darlene is 84 years young and has been doing Pilates for 3 years. Darlene is shown here performing the Pilates Knee Stretch, and can hold a “Plank” position like no other 84 year old I’ve seen! She is certainly a testimony of the anti-aging benefits of Pilates, don’t you think?
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Fitness at Fifty
When a patient comes in to my podiatry office, there are various treatments available; anti-inflammatory meds, strapping the foot in a neutral position, orthotics and shockwave therapy. At home, patients are instructed to ice in order to take down some of the inflammation.