CF Pilates

Specialized Pilate's programs offered and their specific benefits

pilates for men

Sports specific Pilates and Pilates for men

Pilates focuses on core strength and stability as a key requirement, not only for good posture and general flexibility, but also for most sports and recreational activities.
Pilates based exercises have been shown to improve performance, reduce injury, and relieve stress. Golf, skiing, cycling, running, and tennis - just to name a few - all benefit from a Pilates workout program that strengthens core muscles and improves overall flexibility.
Many sports fitness and training programs incorporate both the principles and exercise routines into sports specific workout. Improved balance and increased range of motion are particularly beneficial for both the golf and tennis stroke. Professional athletes and performers, many of whom have worked with trainers taught by Joseph Pilates himself, have known the specific benefits of Pilates since its inception.

Golfers and Pilates

pilates for golfers

Golf is unlike any other sport in that the repeated action of the golf swing results in the same muscles being overused, upsetting the delicate balance of these muscles.
When injury occurs to muscles, ligaments or spinal discs, the body attempts to protect the area and may compensate in different area that causes further strain.
This spiral continues and can sometimes lead to significant, long-term problems. The shoulders, neck, hips and feet are all vulnerable areas, but it is the golfer's lumbar spine which takes the greatest toll.
Pilates exercise work because they restore balance, realign the body and encourage natural, normal movement patterns by targeting the deep postural muscles that support your back.

Equestrian Rider's and Pilates

pilates for equestrian horse riders

Pilates helps equestrians:

  • Lengthen the spine and strengthen the core, which stabilizes the body in movement
  • Sculpt a strong body with increased flexibility, strength and balance
  • Strengthen the abdominals
  • Increase leg and body length
  • Freely and gently move arms and legs around a stable base
  • Avoid collapsing and bouncing in the saddle
  • Better absorb a horse's movement
  • Increase comfort during and after your ride
  • Maintain neutral pelvis to follow your horse's movements
  • Develop a trusting riding relationship, where your horse responds to your commands and is confident in your ability

Osteoporosis and Pilates

pilates for osteoporosis problems

Standard Pilates can actually harm the clients if not taught by an instructor who understands osteoporosis.

In the cases of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, it is harmful and dangerous to allow clients to perform forward and lateral flexion exercises (abdominal curls and side bends) that are frequently taught in standard Pilate's classes. Forward and lateral flexion causes excessive compression force on the front surface of the vertebral bodies. The weakened bones of a person with osteoporosis cannot withstand such forces and fractures may occur.

Spinal extension is a different story!

One research study showed that people with stronger back extensor muscles had a higher bone density in their spines.

It's important that you have an instructor that is aware of which exercises benefit the client with osteoporosis and which exercises are detrimental. Tracy Gibson has been specially trained to know these differences and how to work with somebody to improve their strength while preventing injury. For example, she knows something as simple as how to get up-and-down from a raised Pilates mat properly can prevent injury to those with this condition.
As a result private Osteo-Pilates sessions are highly beneficial to these clients.

Arthritis and Pilates

Because muscles and tissue that surround and support your joints become weak when they're not used, causing the joint to lose its shape, and increases wear and tear. Exercise helps to keep those muscles and tissues strong, and helps regain strength in the muscle tissue that has already been weakened. When these muscles are strengthened, joint pain is reduced, and in some cases completely eliminated.

Of course, it's important that you discuss Pilates with your doctor and discuss the type of arthritis and the pain you have with your instructor before beginning. Always exercise during the part of the day you have the least amount of pain.

Pilates breathing techniques are also known to be beneficial for arthritis sufferers. As proper breathing carries oxygen to all of your cells, those cells work to improve the quality of the joints, muscles, tendons and muscle tissues. Pilate's exercise is designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. It aligns your body correctly, which can also reduce Arthritic pain that in the back, neck and other joints as well.
Pilates focuses on body awareness and not going beyond your capabilities - your program will be custom designed for your needs.

Why Pilates after Hip and Knee Replacement

Because the number of primary total hip and knee replacements surgeries have increased (50% in total hip replacement and 75% in total knee replacement from 1990 to 2002), the need for rehabilitation has increased drastically. As the number of surgeries increases the average age of the surgical candidates continually declines.
As Canadians we are provided with a short-term rehabilitative care program through the hospital in which we received our surgery. For optimal recovery, in most cases further rehabilitation or post- rehabilitation exercise programs are necessary.

Because of this increasing need for rehabilitation and post rehabilitation for total hip and total knee replacement, more and more people are turning to Pilates accompanied by Hydro Therapy to meet their rehabilitation needs.

Benefits of Pilates in Rehabilitation in THR and TKR

The advantages of using Pilates includes maximizing the proprioceptive function, promoting a whole body approach to post-operative rehabilitation. Because Pilates is designed for a multitude of modifications, it can be easily customized to suit a client with total hip or knee arthroplasty replacements. It can be used to restore function, strength, and balance to the recovering patient. A suitable program can be designed for all levels of skill and can be continued as a long-term fitness and health maintenance regimen.

More benefits and the suitability of Pilates for total hip and knee replacement can be learned in the Introduction to Pilates description.

Other services offered

Kinesio Taping Provider-What does Kinesio taping do?

Kinesio taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion and is also used for preventative maintenance, edema, and to treat pain.
Kinesio taping is a technique based on body's own natural healing process. Kinesio taping activates the neurological and circulatory system. This method stems from the science of kinesiology, which is how it got its name. The muscles are not only responsible for movement but also control the circulation of the Venice and lymph flows, body temperature, etc; therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms. Consequently it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance using an elastic tape. Using Kinesio tape creates a new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs. The Kinesio Tape Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement 24 hour a day. It is a nonrestrictive taping that allows for full range of motion.

Areas that Benefit from Kinesio Taping

  • Headaches
  • Foot problems
  • Muscular facilitation
  • Pediatric patients
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lower back strain and pain
  • Subluxation, herniated disc
  • Knee conditions
  • Shoulder conditions
  • Hamstring
  • Groin injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Patellar tracking
  • Pre-and post surgical edema
  • Ankle sprains
  • athletic preventative injury method
  • support method

Suspension Training A.K.A. TRX

The Navy SEALs made suspension training popular when they discovered this highly effective way to develop strength, flexibility, balance, and core stability simultaneously. By leveraging your own body weight and gravity you can easily perform hundreds of different exercises with many varied difficulty levels. Suspension training is an excellent full-body training program because the compound nature of the exercises target several muscle groups within a single movement. Compound exercises are the most effective way to improve core strength and stability.
With suspension training, you will not only increase strength, balance, and flexibility but you will also increase muscle endurance. Every single suspension exercise is a whole body movement and will help target an interconnected chain of muscles throughout the body. Suspension training can be enjoyed by all fitness levels in addition to the military , suspension training is also used by UFC fighters, Olympic level cyclists, swimmers, runners and MLB teams.

Some benefits of suspension training

  • Build functional strength
  • Improve anaerobic cardiovascular endurance
  • Improve muscle imbalances
  • Increase balance
  • Assist in recovery from injuries
  • Strengthen all the muscles of the core
  • Very low cost exercise system