Residents ‘turn back the clock’ at new Pilates class
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