Balanced strength, body awareness and lifelong spinal health are my goals for each and every client at Energy Within Pilates.
“In a short time I feel stronger and have better muscle tone.
“Obliques were a mystery until Rachel helped me feel and exercise this multi-layered muscle group.
Joseph Pilates was born in Dusseldorf in 1880. He was a sickly frail child who suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. Rather than follow an established fitness regime, he was a seeker who tried many different approaches. These ranged from yoga to martial arts self-defense to circus training where he was a trapeze artist, dancer, gymnast and weight training.
Through his vision he created his own version of a fitness routine by absorbing these different modalities of exercise and selecting the most effective for his own body.
During World War 1 and after, Joseph Pilates became one of the first "rehabilitation aides" (now known as a Physical Therapist) helping the soldiers to regain their strength and mobility through exercise. He utilized what was available resulting in the use of pulley’s, ropes and bedsprings which caused resistance. In essence he was the very first physical therapist.
He went on to develop his own Pilates equipment from the idea of using springs that could be either resistive or assistive.
There are several stories but to the best of Rachel’s knowledge, in 1926 while immigrating to America he met his wife Clara on the ship. They opened up a studio in New York and from there they taught the benefits of the Pilates method:
Muscles work together in groups to either stabilize or mobilize our bones. It's a team effort, as one team of muscles contracts to move the bones the opposing muscles must lengthen or move eccentrically.
At all times our bodies want to have balance which equates ease of movement. How does the body achieve that? By finding the most “neutral” position it can be in. To achieve balance and health the body needs to be in the most neutral position possible. Each body is unique and must find balance for that particular body. In the long run this balance will eliminate discomfort and pain.
There are many muscles involved in stabilizing or holding the bones in a neutral position. When our bones are in the most neutral position, the work is spread out throughout the body and balance is achieved.
It is best to have the work spread out and every muscle doing it’s “job” that way one set of muscles or the bigger muscles are NOT doing the majority of the work. The small intrinsic muscles need to be activated and doing their job. When everything works correctly and each muscle is carrying its own load the muscles “fire” or work in the proper sequence. Then you have proper muscular recruitment and a normal movement of the joints.
Pain occurs when there is an imbalance in the way the muscles work together. This results in a lack of strength which then causes an injury in the muscle, fascia, or tendons. The result of improper muscle balancing will cause improper alignment in the bones. Then movement is impaired and pain is a result. Around and around we go! Find a balanced neutral position in your body and alleviate unnecessary stress and tension resulting in pain.
Pilates is challenging yet gentle, and safe for people of all ages and fitness levels, all the while promoting overall fitness. You will be able to achieve the desired result no matter where your starting point is.
The beauty of Pilates training is that it’s different and treats the body as a whole.
Rachel's Pilates classes offer complete and balanced conditioning. Her goal is to evenly train all of your muscles through a series of fluid, continuous movements and proper breathing techniques that will result in greater efficiency of movement, increased strength, enhanced flexibility and reduced stress levels.
Your body will thank you!
At Energy Within Pilates, Rachel will help you obtain your optimal physical condition as you begin using a body mind connection. You will then be able to take your workout home with you where you can start positively affecting other areas of your life.
Pilates is a great foundation to build upon for golf, tennis, cycling, surfing, rock climbing, running, squash, martial arts and any exercise modality or sport you can think of. It gets you in touch with your body where you learn the strengths and limitations of your movements.
At Energy Within Pilates, the focus is on working from the inside out. By focusing on core connections in the abdominals, pelvic core and back, Rachel Robertson helps her clients obtain their optimum flexibility, stability and endurance.
The spine has five essential movements, all of which depend on a network of deep, stabilizing muscles in our torso.
These movements are incorporated independently or combined together during the Pilates training. The exercises will maximize both abdominal and spinal strength.
These movements are incorporated independently or combined with other movements into the Pilates exercise training to maximize both abdominal and spinal strength.
Rachel will help you create a mobile, supple, stable and supported spine.
Rehabilitation means "to restore to useful life, as through therapy and education" or "to restore to good condition, operation, or capacity".
Pilates uses many of the same principles used to help injured athletes recuperate by focusing on core strengthening, balance, and flexibility.
These principles are some of the same principles used in the rehabilitation of many common orthopedic problems.
In fact, professional athletes across a variety of sports have started performing Pilates regularly as a means to "cross train" to help develop their core strength and flexibility. These skills keep the athlete injury-free and help enhance performance.
If you have any serious injuries you will need medical treatment and investigation before undertaking Pilates. Once you are cleared to begin exercising again, Pilates will help you to ascend to, and surpass your previous level of fitness.
How Can Pilates Help Prevent Injury?
When one part of the body is weak or misaligned, the body tends to overdevelop other parts to compensate.
These imbalances, often the result of repetitive motions or habitual postures, frequently result in injury and pain. At Energy Within Pilates Rachel structures her classes to strengthen the muscles responsible for stabilizing your skeletal structure. This ensures the proper muscular balance that will keep the skeletal structure in alignment which will result in bringing your body back into balance. This relieves pain caused by excessive sitting, computer use, repetitive lifting or long periods of standing without rest.