What is pilates?

Pilates (pronounced pi-la-teez) is a method of body conditioning comprised of over 500 exercises done on the mat and specially designed equipment.  It is named after Joseph H. Pilates, who developed the exercise system in the 1920s.  The pilates method emphasizes strengthening the deep abdominal and back muscles, known as the core, which are integral in maintaining a strong spine and good posture.

What are the benefits of pilates?

Some benefits of regular pilates practice include:
• better body awareness and posture
• improved core strength and overall muscle tone
• increased flexibility
• reduced tension and stress
• enhanced sense of well-being
• freedom of movement
• increased energy
• rebalancing muscles and joints
• injury prevention
• safe rehabilitation of injuries

Is pilates appropriate for me?

The pilates method was originally developed by a man, for injured soldiers, before it gained popularity with dancers and performers.  Today, it is recognized as a method for people of all ages to condition their bodies for everyday living.  It is a perfect exercise modality for those with musculoskeletal injuries, chronic conditions, post-surgical rehabilitation needs, and pre/post natal women.  Athletes use pilates as a cross-training tool to increase their sport performance & prevent injury.  At KinetiCore, clients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, Lyme’s disease, cancer, and fibromyalgia, are among the many who have benefitted from pilates work.

How is pilates different from other forms of exercise?

• holistic, mind body approach that engages our conscious awareness to change how we move & carry ourselves on a daily basis
• full body, functional conditioning with a focus on deep core strength & stability, rather than isolated strength of superficial muscles
• low impact with an emphasis on proper form & alignment versus heavy weights, high repetitions, or high impact stress on your joints
• along with matwork, specially designed pilates equipment is used to assist, challenge, and increase the variety of exercise

How is KinetiCore Pilates Therapy different from other physical therapy clinics?

We use therapeutic movement, hands-on techniques, and education to provide a pain-free movement experience and empower patients through an active approach to their recovery.  We do not use traditional modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation, as they generally provide only temporary relief.  KinetiCore believes in teaching people about their bodies, giving them the knowledge to care for themselves, and therefore providing long-term results.

How do I get started with pilates?

The best way to determine if KinetiCore Pilates Therapy is right for you, is to give it a try! All clients new to KinetiCore are encouraged to come in for an introductory “Pilates Preview.”  We’ll have a chance to discuss your goals and assess your current ability. You’ll immediately notice how fantastic you feel after just one session.

Assuming you love it, we usually recommend beginning with private sessions.  This develops understanding of basic principles, essential exercises, and equipment adjustments.  You may continue with privates if your physical condition necessitates that, or if you simply prefer the one-on-one attention. Most people transition into group classes, which offers a dynamic & interactive workout setting.

How do I get started with physical therapy?

We are an out-of-network out-patient physical therapy provider.  Our insurance worksheet will help you determine your coverage for our services.  All PT visits are one-on-one. Your first visit will be an Initial Evaluation in which we will ask detailed questions & perform a physical exam to fully understand your condition, and determine a plan of care for follow-up visits.

What should I expect at my first session?

Arrive 10 minutes early to your first session, and please bring all necessary paperwork (which may be obtained from the “Forms” tab on our website).  Wear or bring exercise attire, keeping in mind that fitted clothing better allows your instructor to see your form.  However, wear what’s comfortable to you.  If wearing shorts, please use a liner or bike shorts.  Pilates is done barefoot or in socks, so tennis shoes will generally not be needed (some physical therapy patients may be asked to bring athletic shoes for gait training).  Please refrain from lotions or perfumes.  Water & towels are provided.  Unless otherwise stated, all sessions are 50 minutes in length.