Pilates for Athletic Performance

Improve Athletic Performance with Pilates

Athletes can improve their performance and help to decrease injuries by increasing their flexibility as you develop control of your body and core through Pilates. More and more professional athletes and even the Navy Seals are including Pilates in their training sessions. There is even a professional basketball team that has Pilates equipment shipped to their hotel when they are on the road. Professional athletes already have trained themselves to focus and concentrate while training and that is just an added boost to their Pilates training.

Focused, fluid and controlled movement that utilizes multiple body parts at one time creates a functional and efficient means of increasing performance and minimizing injuries.

Pilates for Beginner Exercise Students

Pilates for Beginner Exercise Students

Pilates for Beginner students, either new to Pilates or new to exercise is an excellent choice. With a knowledgable experienced instructor, just about anyone can benefit from training with the Pilates method. The primary goals of Pilates for beginners is to develop body awareness in terms of posture, breath control, and balance. Increasing flexibility, core strength, and overall strength are the hallmark features ofPilates http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilates training. With the variety of Pilates equipment and literally hundreds of exercises to choose from, an experienced instructor can modify the class to meet your limitations or special needs.

Finding a certified instuctor/studio for Pilates for beginners:

      • Typically you will need to go through some private Pilates training before you are ready to enter a beginner level class.
      • Talking with the studio about your goals and schedule availability will help you narrow down your search.

What to expect as a pilates beginner

Typically, you will start with 3-5 private lessons so you can learn the breathing, correct alignment, get familiar with the equipment and the exercises. This is also a great time for your instructor to identify any muscle imbalances or alignment problems you will need to work on. There are a few studios who have developed a program whereby a group of beginners all start at the same time, that is another possibility too. Don’t get frustrated! There is alot of information and alot to remember, that’s why it takes practice. The more you concentrate the more you will benefit as is true with most things. If it seems to easy, you are probably not focusing on all the aspects that need your attention. That said, it is a program that most everyone can do and certainly most everyone can benefit from.

Herbal Treatment of Inflammation

Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract


The ginko tree, often used in the Chinese humoral sytem for over 5000 years is thought to be over 150 million years old. The leaf extract is used medicinally although the fruit and seeds should be avoided as they are high in butyric acid. The best ginko leaf extract formulas use leaves harvested in autumn when the leaves have yellowed being higher in carotenoids. Ginko leaf extract is well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant propterties. It is also known for its blood-flow enhancing properties. FOR THIS REASON YOU WOULD WANT TO DISCONTINUE USE OF GINKO 10-14 DAYS PRIOR TO ANY SURGICAL PROCEDURE, ALSO IF YOU ARE TAKING A BLOOD THINNER YOU NEED TO CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE USING GINKO.

The anti-inflammatory effects on neural tissues by acting as a MAO inhibitor, decreasing degradation of neurotransmitters including serotonin,noradrenaline, dopamine. It has also demonstrated the ability to scavenger free-radical which in turns help protect nerves. There has been some documentation that it aides in treatment of ADD, anxiety, headaches, macular degeneration and cataracts with implications in supporting mental health in aging baby boomers.
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For more information contact Dr. Deb Wood-Schade drdebws@sbcglobal.net