personalizing pilates

 

Posture Improvement
Golfers
Runners
Osteoporosis
Airplane Seat Workout
Stress Relief
Herniated Discs
Men
Cyclists
Pre-Natal
Post-Natal
Gardeners
After Snow Shoveling
Computer Hunchbacks

As a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher and the owner of Personalizing Pilates, my primary goal is to help you by designing and creating products that fill your needs.

I've adapted and applied Pilates principles and exercises to fit modern life and your goals. I've developed products for spinal conditions, needs and sports so that it's customized to what your body needs—not just a generic workout!

Here's just a few ways that my approach will help you.

The original exercises developed by Joseph Pilates include lots of forward bending. Today many of us spend much of the day sitting and reaching forward—such as over our keyboards and driving in the car. We have also learned that many of the classical Pilates exercises are contraindicated (risky) for many spinal conditions, such as osteoporosis and herniated discs. My workouts recognize these new realities and incorporate exercises that rebalance our bodies safely without aggravating existing conditions.

Second, my workouts feature easy-to-follow audio instructions. It's like having your own private Pilates instructor working with you. The MP3 format allows you not only to focus on the cues and the exercise but also to tune out the rest of the world for just a little while so that you get the maximum benefit out of the time and effort that you're putting in. These workouts are also portable—do Pilates in your hotel when traveling, at the cottage, in the park or at the gym!

Third, you will receive a free Ab Tutorial with each workout. The Ab Tutorial teaches you how to find and use the deepest layer of your abdominal muscles. This layer, called the Transversus abdominus is important because when it is strong, it supports your spine so that you can move without pain or discomfort. Once you learn how to use your abs properly, you'll notice a huge difference not only in how you feel, but also in how you look because these are the muscles that will actually flatten your tummy!

For those of you who are visual learners, I've created an illustrated document for each workout. I've included the cues that you'll hear and you can see the photographs of each exercise in the workout in the order in which they are taught.

Finally, my customers know that they can call or e-mail me anytime if they have a question or need a modification for an exercise. I promise to respond within one business day.

Posture Improvement
I know that posture is one of those things in life that doesn't seem to be really important, but the truth is that poor posture can have negative health effects. Pain and discomfort are the most common side effects of poor posture. Besides that, poor posture makes you look a lot older (check out the 'before and after photos' page to see for yourself). Here's a test that you can do to see if your posture needs help. Have someone take a side-view photo of you (standing). On the photograph, put a dot on your earlobe and another dot in the middle of your shoulder. If your earlobe is forward of your shoulder, your posture needs a little work because it should be directly above your shoulder. My workout will help you! Buy Now >

Golfers
If you love to golf and want to improve your form, improve your score or reduce your chances of injury, Pilates is for you. All the twisting and swinging that golfers do can take a toll on the body, especially on the lower back. My workout will help you to increase your mobility and flexibility at all of the joints that contribute to a smooth, efficient golf swing. You'll feel better on the course and you'll find that you can drive the ball farther without suffering any discomfort later on. Stay in shape in season or off with Personalizing Pilates/golfers. Buy Now >

Runners
I love to run and I know how much doing Pilates has helped my running. The exercises that I've included in this workout are designed to increase your speed, lengthen your stride and reduce your chances of injury. You'll develop the strength and endurance that you need to run with ease. The core strengthening along with the hip mobility exercises will help make your body more efficient. I sent a copy of this workout to Kathrine Switzer who is the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon in 1967. She wrote me a lovely letter in which she said "I listened and did the routine—TREMENDOUS! I loved it. Your workout is helping me a lot. Thank you." Buy Now >

Osteoporosis
One in four Canadian women over 50 have osteoporosis and one in eight men of the same age also have it. The Osteoporosis Society of Canada recommends weight-bearing exercise as an excellent way to prevent the disease. Personalizing Pilates/osteoporosis includes special Standing Pilates exercises that will help you become stronger gradually in a weight-bearing, standing position. Some of the exercises are easily incorporated into your everyday activities—you can even do Pilates while standing in line at the bank or grocery store! The result? Your bone density will increase, you'll stand taller, your risk of falling will decrease and you'll be more likely to maintain your independence as you age. Buy Now >

Airplane Seat Workout
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exercising when you're on a long flight. Just load my 13-minute workout onto your MP3 player and do my easy-to-follow workout right in your seat without disturbing your neighbours. The exercises help to strengthen your lower back and promote circulation in your legs so that you'll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed, not jet-lagged with swollen ankles! Buy Now >

Stress Relief
Most of us hold stress in our upper backs, shoulders and hips. When we get stressed, our muscles contract and shorten and get very tight and weak. The most common complaints are headaches, back pain, neck pain and low energy. My workout focuses on these specific areas and teaches you gentle exercises that help the muscles stretch and relax. Once the muscles relax, you'll notice that the stress has been reduced. You'll feel better after just one workout! Try it and see. Buy Now >

Herniated Discs
A herniated disc is one of the most painful spinal conditions. Fortunately, it's treatable and my Personalizing Pilates/herniated discs workout can help you. Many of the traditional Pilates exercises have to be avoided by folks who have a herniated disc because many of the classical abdominal strengthening exercises put the disc into a weakened position that can cause pain. My workout includes exercises that are taught in either a neutral spine position or in spinal extension. These positions help to re-position the disc and strengthen the muscles around the vertebrae and disc so that pain is minimized or even eliminated. I have several clients with this spinal condition and I know that these exercises work! Buy Now >

Men
If you walk into any Pilates class, the vast majority of the clients are women! Somehow men have not yet gravitated to Pilates even though a man developed it! Well, have your guy try this workout—it's not for girls! It's a challenging, full-body-strengthening workout that will show him that Pilates really is a great way to work out! The exercises I've included will help with his flexibility (guys are so tight from all those sports and weight-lifting), will sculpt his arms and shoulders and will challenge his abs in a whole new way! (By the way, girls can do it too!) Buy Now >

Cyclists
Cycling is a great form of exercise but it can also lead to imbalances in the body because the hip flexors become overly tight and the legs are over-developed compared to the upper body. The hip flexors (the muscles that fold the hip) attach to the lower spine so when they become overly strong/tight, the lower back muscles become very tight, weak and cranky. My Personalizing Pilates/cyclists workout helps to stretch your tight hips, strengthen your lower back and abdominals as well as strengthen your upper body. It's a full-body workout that will give you noticeable results quickly. Buy Now >

Pre-Natal
There's no reason to quit doing Pilates just because you're pregnant. This workout is safe for you to do right through your third trimester. I've included gentle exercises for you that focus on strengthening your pelvic floor muscles as well as your deepest abdominal muscles to help minimize back pain and discomfort as your baby grows. Many of my clients swear that doing these Pilates exercises helped with their labour and delivery because they could still focus and control the muscles needed to deliver. Buy Now >

Post-Natal
This workout is perfect for new moms! I've included exercises that will flatten your tummy, tone your legs and hips and strengthen your upper body. Best of all, it's short and sweet—only 20 minutes because I don't know any new mom who has an hour to work out! This workout will help get you back into pre-baby shape in no time. Buy Now >


Gardeners
Every spring, I get an influx of clients who come in complaining that they have just put in their gardens and their back is just killing them! No wonder. All that bending forward, lifting and pulling and digging is really hard on the back. My Personalizing Pilates/gardeners workout will alleviate your back pain and discomfort. In this workout, I've included simple exercises that strengthen your lower back and hip muscles and then stabilize them in the correct position. After you've been gardening, invest 30 minutes in yourself and do this workout so that you can sit back and enjoy your garden—pain free! Buy Now >

After Snow Shoveling
Shoveling snow is one of the most difficult and dangerous things that we can do with respect to our spines. The forward bending, lifting and twisting movement combined with a shovel of heavy snow can very quickly cause damage in the discs of our spine. After the driveway is done, have a nice hot shower and do my workout. The easy exercises will help strengthen your over-stretched lower back and hamstrings and I'll teach you simple exercises that strengthen your abdominals as well. The result? Your back won't hurt! Buy Now >

Computer Hunchbacks
I worked for many years in a corporate job before I started my Pilates business so I know first-hand how uncomfortable I was after sitting working on a computer for endless hours. So I thought, "why not do a Pilates-based workout that can be done right at your desk?" Well, here it is! No need to get to a gym, no need to change your clothes, no need to sweat. Just sit at your desk and let my voice guide you through the exercises to stretch your tight shoulders, strengthen your upper back and neck. It only takes a few minutes and I promise that you'll feel better. You'll look better too because you won't be slouching. Buy Now >

 
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