Res­i­dents ‘turn back the clock’ at new Pi­lates class

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The Her­itage of Green Hills, a healthy life plan com­mu­nity in Shilling­ton, has be­gun of­fer­ing Pi­lates classes for its res­i­dents. Teach­ing the twice­weekly, one-hour ses­sions is Martha Con­nolly, who is cer­ti­fied in the D.K. Body Balanc­ing Method through the Univer­sity of Ne­vada, Las Ve­gas. Con­nolly, of Wy­omiss­ing, also is a li­censed clin­i­cal so­cial worker.

The Pi­lates method of body con­di­tion­ing is an ex­er­cise sys­tem us­ing strength­en­ing and stretch­ing ex­er­cises with lit­tle im­pact on joints. It fo­cuses on gen­tle move­ment at the body’s midrange and grad­ual l y builds the cen­ter’s sta­bil­ity while work­ing to­ward the ex­trem­i­ties.

“Con­trol and sta­bil­ity are im­por­tant for older adults, as they help to im­prove bal­ance, co­or­di­na­tion and pos­ture,” said Con­nolly. “Pi­lates is an ideal ex­er­cise to pos­i­tively af­fect bal­ance and re­duce the risk of falls. It has been shown to pro­duce pos­i­tive out­comes for in­di­vid­u­als with arthri­tis, Parkin­son’s dis­ease, Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis, stroke vic­tims and is an ideal ac­tiv­ity to coun­ter­act the forces of grav­ity caused by hunched pos­ture from age or too much com­puter work. It’s a great way to turn back the clock.”

“Pi­lates is an ideal ex­er­cise to pos­i­tively af­fect bal­ance and re­duce the risk of falls.” — Martha Con­nolly, cer­ti­fied in the D.K. Body Balanc­ing Method

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