Pilates looks deceptively easy, but it’s the tiny movements that help improve balance and core strength.  Pilates does this by reinforcing the connection between mind and muscles, helping to engage the right muscles in the core.  This leads to better posture and movement control.  Research suggests that the core strengthening perks of Pilates may also ease pain and improve activities of daily living for people suffering from chronic low back pain.

Some research has also linked Pilates to better flexibility, trunk stability, injury prevention and athletic performance.

But it’s easy to do Pilates incorrectly, so if you want to experience all these advantages, good form is essential.  That requires a good instructor who understands how to perform the exercises safely.  What better way than to take Pilates with a Doctor of Physical Therapy like Karen Turner-Schlegel.

Another unique part of Pilates is mental.  One of the key concepts of Pilates is “centering” or understanding that all movements originate in your core.  It’s the combination of breathing and being aware of your body’s movements.  Some research linked Pilates to enhanced mindfulness and sensory awareness which can induce relaxation, mood improvements and stress reduction.