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Reformer Class Coming in March!

You’ve been asking, so we’ve added a small group Reformer Class!  Class will be held on Saturday mornings starting March 2, 2013 from 11:00am – 11:55am.  This class can accommodate 3 – 5 people.  It will run in 6 week sessions for $210.00.  Pre-registration is required, please call early to hold your spot!

Small Group Reformer Class

Reformer classes are on a machine in a small setting of only 3-5 students.  This class offers a full body workout while targeting the abs with each exercise. We use exercise techniques to lengthen your body, improve your posture, enhance flexibility to your muscles, improve spinal mobility, and strengthen your arms, legs, buttocks, abs, and back.

Saturday Group Classes

Saturday group classes have begun!  It’s still not too late to register.

Classes

Pilates Mat Class, Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 9:45am.

Teen Core Pilates, every other Saturday morning from 10:00am – 10:45am.

Piloxing – Please call for details.

Senior Fit Pilates – Please call for details.

630-964-4008

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

What Is It?

Vestibular therapy consists of the performance of an individualized group of exercises, designed to habituate excessive visual dependence or improve various balance strategies.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy – VRT is an alternative form of treatment involving specific exercises designed to decrease dizziness, increase balance function, and increase general activity levels.  The exercise program is designed to promote central nervous system compensation for the inner ear and other balance deficits.

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Why Does Vestibular Therapy Work?

Vestibular disorders affect the vestibule-ocular reflex, which controls eye movement and gaze stabilization during active head movement.  These disorders also affect the vestibulospinal reflex which influences postural stability.  Patients with vestibular disorders may present with defects in gaze stabilization and/or unsteadiness.  This usually occurs when they’re challenged by uneven surfaces, quick turns or with reduced vision.

The underlying physiological basis for VRT focuses on the plasticity of the central nervous system.  VRT doesn’t regenerate or treat the damaged vestibular end-organ itself.  Instead, it works by allowing the central nervous system and the brain to acclimate or adapt to asymmetrical / conflicting input from the vestibulo-ocular reflex and vestibulospinal reflex.

General Diagnoses Types

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Unilateral Peripheral Vestibular Loss
  • Bilateral Peripheral Vestibular Loss
  • Central Lesions
  • Balance Disorder
  • Gait Disturbances

Treatment

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy utilizes:

  • Substitution
  • Adaptation
  • Habituation

through vestibulo-ocular and gaze stabilization activities as well as balance exercises.

Fit Tip Friday

Certain Pilates exercises can be incorporated into your daily routine:

  • While sitting in the car, pull your navel to your spine and do some glute squeezes.
  • Standing at the kitchen sink, do some calf raises and standing glute squeezes.
  • While in the office, do some sitting lats, Cossack arms, and side stretches, and dome your feet.
  • At any time of the day, do your pelvic floor exercises.  No one will ever guess!

If you have a spare 10 or 15 minutes, do a mini-routine of four or five exercises.  You should also do some kind of aerobic exercise on a regular basis.

Fit Tip Friday

Pilates can help you to find your most efficient and comfortable postures when you are sitting, standing, or lying down.  Correct postures will also enable you to do the exercises more efficiently and to feel less tired, because there will be less strain on the muscles and body systems.  You will be able to breathe more easily, and will feel invigorated and refreshed.

We offer both Private Pilates Lessons on the equipment and Group Pilates Mat Classes.  If you’ve ever wanted to try either, give us a call, 630-964-4008, and we can get you started!

Lifting Heavy Objects

If you have to lift a heavy object, bend your knees to pick it up, then let your legs do the work.  Don’t ever bend from the waist, which would put strain on the lower back.  Keep the object as close to you as possible, while you are lifting, and never twist around while holding it.