Pilates is rapidly rising as a means to rehabilitation from injury. Oftentimes, injuries occur due to muscular instabilities within the body.

Many things cause instabilities and imbalances – our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out – basically the way we move in our everyday lives.

Most of us move incorrectly in some way or another, which puts too much pressure on some muscles and weakens others, causing an imbalance. Over time, these incorrect movement patterns begin to create even more instability, and even more pain or discomfort.

Through Pilates, the client is trained in a series of exercises that will engage the muscles in a more even and aligned manner.

In the process of realigning and strengthening the muscles of the body, the client will begin to feel less pain and discomfort, and feel where their body has begun to strengthen. This realignment of the body will also help to improve performance in physical activities and sports. For example, if a runner is having knee pain in just one knee, the imbalance could be related to hip rotation when running, and this rotation is often caused by a lack of strength in the glutes and hamstrings. By equally strengthening these muscle groups, the pelvic rotation will begin to lessen – as will the knee pain. And because the body is not using the energy needed to rotate the pelvis, the runner may even find that their runs are faster and smoother.

In addition, with Pilates, clients become responsible (#beresponsible) for their own rehabilitation. The client learns to be more in tune with their body, and to identify the best movement sequence; which contributes to a positive movement experience, and greatly facilitates recovery.

During a Pilates session at Back2Normal, the instructor takes a hands on approach to helping each individual client reach their personal fitness goals; taking in mind what each client is looking to achieve, as well as the injury that he or she may need to address.

Each session is carefully planned to fit the client’s unique needs with the goal in mind, to help the client get back into living their healthiest life, as quickly as possible – and get “Back 2 Normal”!

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