FAQs

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What is Scolio-Pilates® ?

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Scolio-Pilates  is an exercise program created by Karen Thek and consists of four main components:  Elongation, breathing, moving the spine towards neutral, and strengthening the muscles in their elongated position.

  • Since the Scoliotic spine is usually compressed, elongation is utilized to lengthen the spine towards neutral.
  • Breathing techniques are learned to open up areas of the rib cage and lungs that are locked from the shape of scoliosis.
  • The nature of the Scoliotic spine involves twists and bends, so the spine is moved towards neutral.
  • Strengthening is applied once the previous steps have been completed.

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What is Rossiter?

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Rossiter is a two person stretching technique that was designed by Richard Rossiter in the 1980’s and was first used on factory workers to help their bodies stay pain free.
Unlike muscle stretches, the Rossiter techniques target the body’s connective tissue, a head-to-toe network of fascia, ligaments, and tendons that holds everything together. Think of this network like a Saran Wrap covering of your body—your muscles, nerves, blood vessels, joints, bones, etc. In a healthy body, it’s not too loose and not too tight—it is the body’s system of when connective tissue becomes overworked, stressed, or tired, however, it shortens and it tightens. The resulting symptoms include tingling, tightness, numbness, knots, pain, tenderness, buzzing sensations, and the like. These techniques were created specifically to loosen and lengthen the body’s entire network of connective tissue so that it’s fluid, flexible, and normal again, allowing you to move freely, and without pain.
Connective tissue has two proteins—plastin and elastin. When exposed to weight and heat (such as from the pressure of a person’s hand, arm, or foot during these stretches),
connective tissue begins to loosen so that you can stretch it back to normal. Just like “plastic” and “elastic,” these proteins keep the tissue loose and stretchy.

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What is Pilates?

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Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez) was created by Joseph Pilates who intended it to be about the art of control, an exercise method where you control your body, mind, and muscles.  The moves he designed focus on core muscles in the “powerhouse” (abs, pelvic floor, lower back), proper alignment of the spine, and awareness of breath.  Pilates develops much of what people need  for daily living.  Strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance and good posture.  This discipline emphasizes good form instead of going for the burn.  The one and only movement regime that integrates into any sport, workout, fitness regime, work day and lifestyle activity. For any age, fitness level and body type.