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The word RESTORE is a verb. An action
1. to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order.
2. to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
3. to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
Pilates Integration offers Restorative Pilates
- pilates exercises chosen specifically for their corrective qualities in order to bring the body back to it's ideal neutral posture or "blue-print" design.
What is "Blue-Print" Design?
Posture Alignment Therapy in The Egoscue Method® defines "Blue-Print Design" as "the standing normal anatomical position".
"Without being overly technical the hip, knee and ankle joints are aligned vertically in paired stacks, each of which is subdivided by three horizontal parallel planes that extend through the joint pairs, creating what amounts to a partial dynamic load-bearing grid. The grid’s structure is completed by the shoulder joints which are in a functional interactive relationship with the major joints below instead of being aligned vertically like the others, although they too (the shoulders) operate individually and as a pair on a fourth parallel horizontal plane.Topped by the head, placed over the S-curved central spine that links the hips and shoulders, the grid allows upright posture and bipedal motion capable of a great range of movement.
In addition, there is only temporary incidental rotation in the pelvis, legs, knees and ankles. (Think of rotation this way: Looking straight down on your upright body from above, draw a imaginary clock face with your head in the center facing twelve o’clock. In design position a straight line runs from hip joint to hip joint starting at nine o’clock and extending through the other hip joint, exiting at three o’clock. In such a configuration, there is no rotation, but if the lines depart from nine and three, say ten and four, rotation is present as the hips move off the design plane. This analogy works for the other load-bearing joints and the big leg bones. It is not unusual to find left-to-right pelvis rotation and right-to-left shoulder rotation.) The body is intended to rotate by twisting and turning, ascending and descending, in reaction to variations in the terrain and other temporary situations and then return to vertical alignment. When it remains stuck in rotation the integrity of the structure can be compromised".
Webster's New World Medical Dictionary defines neutral posture as "the stance which is attained when the joints are not bent and the spine is aligned and not twisted."
A practical definition of correct posture is "proper manipulation of the joints to facilitate a sustainable, comfortable, health-promoting upright position."
In this position, a person is able to completely and optimally attain balance and proportion of his or her body mass and framework, based on his or her physical limitations. Good posture optimizes breathing and affects the circulation of bodily fluids.
Wikipedia defines a neutral spine or good posture as the "three natural curves [that] are present in a healthy spine."
In this context, proper posture or "neutral spine," is the proper alignment of the body between postural extremes. In its natural alignment, the spine is not straight. It has curves in the thoracic (upper) and lumbar (lower) regions. There is a slight forward curve in the lumbar region (lordosis), a slight backward curve in the thorasic region (kyphosis) and a slight extension in the tiny cervical vertebra at the top of the spine. In addition, the ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles are aligned as if a plumb line were running from the ears down through the torso into the legs and the feet. In neutral posture, the body is able to function in its strongest, most balanced position. Stress to the joints, muscles, vertebrae and tissue is minimized.
In contrast, a non-neutral spine leads to "improper posture, [that] especially when walking, puts increased stress on your back and causes discomfort and damage." A non-neutral spine develops as the result of a person's lifestyle. People who sit for long hours on the job are susceptible to a number of misalignments."
"Neutral spine" is ideally maintained while sitting, standing, and sleeping.
Restorative Pilates is about identifying and correcting muscular, skeletal and joint imbalances that cause compensation(s), dysfunction, chronic pain, injury and other health problems.
Pilates Integration offers STOTT PILATES® mat and equipment based sessionsdesigned to assist clients in chronic pain, recovering from injuries and others who would highly benefit from a restorative pilates exercise program (osteoporosis, pre & post pregnancy, recreational and competitive athletes, scoliosis, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, breast and other cancer survivors).
From the careful selection and detailed explanation and instruction of exercises to the use of the best STOTT PILATES® and fitness equipment, Restorative Pilates at Pilates Integration is designed to ensure each client's unique and special needs are met.
STOTT Pilates® is Restorative because it addresses the following:
Pilates Integration specializes in postural assessment and alignment, injuries, special populations and chronic pain management is the first step in the Restoration!
Deb Preachuk is able to design restorative pilates programs specifically for:
There are two fantastic articles on the benefits of Pilates and Pregnancy and Pilates for Post-Partum Recovery at Pilates-Pro: The Pulse of the Industry.
A recent article from Gaiam called "Pilates Your Way to a Comfortable Pregnancy" states that Pilates offers pregnant women a unique set of tools for helping them adjust to the landslide of physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy.
Some of the most common changes are the lower back and hips compressing and tightening, the body's blood supply increasing, and the head and shoulders rounding forward.
Add an on average 30-pound weight gain to the mix and you can see why pregnant women tend to resemble slow-moving vehicles.
A consistent Pilates practice helps open the hips and decompress the low back, promotes better breath and circulation, and lifts the shoulder girdle up off the ribs, allowing more space for the organs and less strain on the head and neck.
In addition, practicing Pilates can aid in calming the mother through the inner tumult of pregnancy by specific breath work designed to calm and relax the nervous system.
Deep abdominal breathing, a key principle of Pilates, is probably the single most important thing for a pregnant woman to practice. Not only does working with the breath focus the mind, it keeps the abdominal muscles toned during the late stages of pregnancy and even helps to open up the pelvis and prepare for the pushing stage.
However, be mindful that pregnancy is not the time to decide you finally want to get buff and lean. Pre-natal women should not trying to make fitness gains but rather to maintain core strength and increase body awareness.
Even if you are already an avid Pilates practitioner, there are cases in which prenatal Pilates may not be a good fit. Women with an incompetent cervix or placenta previa and anyone experiencing bleeding should avoid exercise, for instance. As with any prenatal exercise program, you should consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning. If you are given the all-clear, find a Pilates instructor like Deb Preachuk who specializes in prenatal clients.
"All we actually have is our body and its muscles that allow us to be under our own power."
~ Allegra Kent, Once a Dancer.