The newcomer to Pilates needs to give the exercises a chance. Pilates is not a one-off session. Look at it as ‘time out’ for yourself, to listen to your body and really concentrate – then it will give you rewards.
To get the best from Pilates it’s important that you focus as much mentally as physically. Body and mind need to be fully in tune.
You will find that Pilates is a great way to get to know your body – through breathing and simple constructive exercises that have immediate effect on posture and muscle tone. Pilates is the catalyst that encourages your body to use its natural abilities. You will walk taller, feel stronger and more relaxed from the session. The results will obviously improve with practice.
Yoga classes generally consist of a series of static postures with the intention of increasing the person’s flexibility and preparing the person for seated meditation. Whereas Pilates classes seek to strengthen core muscles and increase flexibility through movement.
As in Yoga, Pilates also puts emphasis on correct alignment, but the aim in Pilates is to correct muscle imbalance by strengthening antagonist muscle groups, while focusing on those groups that are often neglected, and lengthening those that tend to do all the work.
In both disciplines there is certainly a mind/body connection and very similar fluidity. However, one main difference is that Pilates offers a whole range of apparatus that does not exist in Yoga and therefore provides a completely separate angle. Exercises can be performed with springs and pulleys which will give you assistance or resistance. The springs may assist you with a particular exercise or may make a task more difficult.
During the first session we will determine what goals you have, teach you the basics of Pilates and identify an ideal postural alignment that is crucial to every workout.
Each session thereafter will take you through a table of new exercises to complement your mind and body as they become more attuned and ready to accept the challenges of movement that work on your balance, stamina, co-ordination and all the key muscles working deep into every joint.
The Pilates mat exercises were devised by Joseph Pilates, a boxer and wrestler, while he was detained as a prisoner of war. He then went on to develop types of apparatus known as the Reformer and the Cadillac to help with the rehab of injured soldiers.
The systems were designed to strengthen the whole body in all ranges of motion. Pilates uses men’s natural upper body strength, develops core and back muscles and increases leg strength and flexibility. It provides equal benefits to both sexes in helping to deal with stress, prevent injury and create an overall sense of well being.
- Complete a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in human nutrition
- Complete a one-year internship with rotations in clinical and community nutrition, as well as foodservice
- Pass a national registration exam
- Meet annual continuing education requirements
Dietitian, Registered Dietitian (RD) and Registered Nutritionist are all protected professional titles in the province of Alberta, similar to physicians and engineers. In order to use the above titles, a dietitian must:
Dietitians work in a variety of clinical and community settings, and are dedicated to evidence-based practice in nutrition and food.
Nutritionist is not a protected title, and can therefore be used by individuals with varying levels of training and experience.
Our registered dietitian can do much more than share nutrition knowledge. A one-to-one session may be able to help you if you are looking for…
…individualized, practical nutrition recommendations based on your health history, lifestyle habits, and health or performance-related goals
…an in-depth, evidence-based look at some of the nutrition information you see every day
…ongoing support and accountability to help you translate your knowledge into action
Our registered dietitian takes a collaborative approach to nutrition counselling. In the initial assessment, your health history, eating habits and goals will be reviewed. Based on this, together you will determine a few areas of focus. Depending on what those areas are, our registered dietitian will help provide you with some practical strategies to tackle those problems and set some specific goals to work on.
Some people use craniosacral therapy as an adjunct to other forms of treatment, including migraine headaches, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma of any kind, post-surgical recovery, TMJ, and others.
Craniosacral therapy does no harm when practiced sensitively and respectfully by a trained practitioner. It may support an attitude shift in clients toward a more direct and intimate sense of their own wellbeing, a feeling of “being more at peace with oneself.” It may also support a natural shift to self-acceptance, a more natural capacity for loving relations, and a sense of being connected to life.
Migraines and Headaches
o Chronic Neck and Back Pain
o Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
o Motor-Coordination Impairments
o Infant and Childhood Disorders
o Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
o Chronic Fatigue
o TMJ Syndrome
o Central Nervous System Disorders
o Learning Disabilities
o Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
o Orthopedic Problems
o And Many Other Conditions
Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can’t be compared to anyone else’s – even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own. The number of sessions needed varies widely – from just one up to three or more a week over the course of several weeks.
There are certain situations where application of CST would not be recommended. These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes.