Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez) is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. It has been said that the Pilates Method has its greatest influence on the spine. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.
The Pilates Method is named after its inventor, Joseph H. Pilates, a fitness and conditioning enthusiast from the early to mid 20th century. He emphasized proper training habits along with the ability of the person to perform desired movements in a strong, efficient, and safe manner as essential components for optimal health and pain-free performance.
Pilates classes are most commonly delivered as group mat classes, group reformer classes, and private or small group studio classes where the client works on the full range of apparatus Pilates invented, such as the Reformer, Tower, Trapeze Table (also known as the Cadillac), Ladder Barrel, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector and Arc Barrels.
NOTE: Pilates is only available in our Atlanta location.
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The concept of neuromuscular control refers to your brain's capacity to turn on the right muscles, at the right time, and with the right amount of muscle strength and stability in order to produce a desired movement. The more complex or intense the movement performed, the higher degree of neuromuscular control required.
Many physical events (injury, surgery, pregnancy, etc.) can disrupt your brain's capacity to execute this program, a process known as neuromuscular de-activation. As a result, there is a tendency for your body to compensate (with less efficient movement patterns) to maintain the same current level of physical activity. Eventually, neuromuscular de-activation can lead to a vicious cycle of pain, muscle imbalance, and abnormal joint stress. You will often see a decline in fitness and performance until adequate neuromuscular control is restored.
Your body learns to move with its limitations. Our jobs and lifestyles dictate the length-tension relationship of our muscles. When those same muscles that are accustomed to moving in a shortened range are given increased demand to move during a yoga class, the brain is unprepared to meet the demand of the physical posture. This can result in excessive strain placed on soft tissue structures, compensatory movements and subsequent joint stress that eventually become an injury. Your body is an intelligent computer but often gets stuck in one way of thinking and moving. However, in movement we do not benefit from rigidity, but malleability. Rigidity manifests in neuromuscular deactivation, a loss of muscle control that impairs your ability to effectively stabilize joints through their ranges of motion.
Activcore Performance Specialists are highly skilled in the instruction of the Pilates Method. They are certified through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).
Each Performance Specialist has also achieved the Redcord Active Specialist designation. Using Redcord to help activate muscle groups, and the Pilates Method to then strengthen and stretch the body, provides the best possible outcome for our clients. Our Performance Specialists also provide instruction in Kettlebell technique in order to further our clients’ progress.
Our Performance Specialists work alongside our Physical Therapists to create a plan of action to restore health and vitality to our clients once released from physical therapy, so that they may return to living their best lives.
The Performance Specialist will assess how you move as it relates to your sport. This is a holistic approach to identify the true source of any weakness, imbalance and dysfunction. Addressing the underlying cause is absolutely essential for healing an injury, preventing recurrence, and keeping you healthy and at a peak level of performance. The progression of your fitness routine should be a reflection of the type of activity you are trying to get back to doing.
You will feel the Activcore difference from your first visit. A highly personalized experience delivered by a passionate movement expert fully dedicated to getting you back and keeping you in the sport or training activity that you love.
Great space, great people, great service! I’ve been to many healthcare professionals for chronic back pain - doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists - and I have found that there are very few that are willing to devote the attention and effort required to reduce pain, improve mobility, and increase strength in your body. Activcore is absolutely one of those few. One-on-one services allow them to truly study your body and the way it moves before jumping to any (potentially inaccurate) diagnoses and strategies. Amazing! For anyone looking to improve their body functioning, I would definitely recommend Activcore.
I was initially introduced to Activcore by a physical therapist because of their Red Cord expertise as well as Pilates. For several years now I continue to be amazed at their level of knowledge and personal care each of the trainers has shown to me. It is well worth the drive from East Cobb.
I have been lucky to experience benefits from multiple parts of the Activcore family. My mom introduced me to Pilates with Deanna Companion, which has been such a wonderful addition to my life. She is able to accommodate both of us in a semi-private, focusing on both of our unique abilities and needs for a class. She provides encouragement towards our goals, focused activities, and an amazing workout. I have also been able to take classes with Meredith, which I now notice each instructor is unique, but all wonderful, positive, knowledgeable, and fantastic at what they do!
I've only gotten excellent, effective care at Activcore. They have helped me through a long post-surgery rehab with skill and kindness that have been key to my recovery.