Pilates

The Pilates Method for Treatment and Wellbeing

Years ago, Joseph Pilates developed a type of exercise that has become one of the most popular forms of exercise today.

Many are involved in or are interested in starting a Pilates exercise program. Indeed, one of the advantages of the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people.

Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.

Pilates was created with a specific focus on the following:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Breathing
  • Posture
  • Increased mind/body awareness

While no exercise results in drastic improvements immediately, if you do it on a regular basis, you will definitely notice great changes in both your body and lifestyle.

Pilates for Rehabilitation

Pilates Is an Adaptable Form Of Exercise

One of the unique features of Pilates is the ability of healthcare providers to modify the particular exercises for rehabilitation purposes. This adaptation of Pilates is the key to its success across various patient groups because the exercises can be tailored all rehabilitation and fitness.

If you are suffering with muscle aches and joint pains, Pilates may be a treatment approach that matches your specific needs.

We suggest you contact our office and ask one of our Pilates experts how this treatment approach can help you.

Pilates for Health & Wellbeing – The 6 principles of Pilates

Centering, control, flow, breathing, precision, and concentration and are integral to a quality workout. What sets Pilates apart from other workouts is that instead of emphasizing repetition of moves, it focuses on the quality of each move with an emphasis on accuracy and precision, which, in turn yields significant results in the shortest amount of time.

Whole Body Training

By training the body as a whole, rather than isolating certain muscles, you will improve your movement, enhancing your life greatly. Overall, Pilates can present a number of health benefits for anyone at any age.

The Benefits of Pilates
Balance & Coordination Improvements

Research on Pilates has concluded that this specific exercise approach can help with fall prevention. Fall are one of the leading causes of injury among elderly people. After a few weeks of Pilates exercises, many women demonstrated greater balance control, as well as, an increase in their range of motion and flexibility in the legs. The research subjects experienced improved confidence and better static and dynamic balance.

Pilates strengthens the hip and leg joints, as well as the body’s core, which can greatly promote stability. This increase in stability leads to an improvement in balance, coordination and agility.

Improving Muscle Imbalances & Flexibility

An imbalance between your strength and flexibility, sometimes called crossed pelvic syndrome (when it occurs at the trunk and hips) can have a negative impact on sports performance. As you exercise, you will find that maintaining the proper form is extremely important and can help lengthen tight muscles and strengthen opposing weak muscle groups.

Stability

Pilates exercises can result in increased support and stability of your back and stomach muscles. These muscle groups both move and stabilize the spine. It has been proposed that a stronger “core” improves the strength and coordination of you upper and lower extremities.

Correcting Poor Posture Habits

Poor posture may be related to future injury. When you slouch while walking, or sitting you can pull a muscle, and lessen the spine’s ability to absorb shock that can lead to neck strain.

While there’s little scientific evidence to support the concept, pain may stem from poor postural habits. Regular Pilates exercise helps increase your awareness of your body, a term described as enhanced proprioception. Regular awareness exercises, like those involved with Pilates, may help you better self-correct your posture.

A Focus on Mind/Body Awareness

Improve your movement’s efficiency, as well as, your own awareness of your body, through Pilates. Pilates forces you to pay close attention to your own breathing, the way you position your muscles and limbs, and encourages strong concentration on form.

All of this combined forces you to become more in tuned with your body, which, transfers over to serve you in everyday life.

The Pilates Exercise and Treatment Method Offers Numerous Benefits

As you can see, a Pilates-based approach to rehabilitation and wellness is adaptable, progressive, and a comprehensive method for both patients with musculoskeletal pain and members in the community that desire to improve and maintain their wellbeing.

We encourage you to call us today to learn more about our Pilates Treatment and Wellness Programs.

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Raul Lona, DPT, OCS, ATC

Dr. Raul Lona earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Certification as an Athletic Trainer from California State University, Fullerton in 1998. Raul received his Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2001. He recently re-certified his Orthopedic Clinical Specialty in 2015 and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Lona has been published in subjects related to Lower Back Pain. As such, he specializes in treatment and differentiation of lumbar and hip disorders. In addition, Dr. Lona enjoys treating patients with ankle and foot disorders. Dr. Lona recently completed clinical training in Pain Science as it relates to rehabilitation and has become passionate about helping patients understand and manage their pain.

Most recently Dr. Lona earned his level 1 certification with Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Improper alignment and movements predispose many patients and golfers to injury. Raul will use this certification to better help golfers avoid and more quickly recover from injury.

When not treating patients, Raul values his time with his wife and 3 kids. Raul is involved in coaching his kids' sports teams, including soccer and baseball. Raul regularly practices yoga and is passionate about fitness and health.

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Mariko Edwards, MPT, OCS

Mariko Edwards received her Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary's College in 2000. Also in that year, she started working for Rebecca Schraven (the founder of M3 Physical Therapy) where she flourished in the orthopedic rehabilitation setting. In her time with WLPT, she has developed collaborative relationships with referring physicians and other healthcare providers in order to ensure optimal patient care.

Mariko is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, a certified Pilates instructor and a certified Kinesio Taping practitioner. Her expertise in these various methods has contributed to her ability to provide successful patient outcomes for a variety of conditions. With knowledge, compassion, skill and a sense of humor, Mariko continues to guide her patients on the road to recovery.

Mariko participated in and enjoyed sports and athletics throughout her life, from team sports such as softball to individual training in Pilates. Since becoming certified in Pilates in 2005 she has utilized this method is not only rehabilitating her patients but also as a student herself. She believes Pilates is the perfect form of exercise for patients of all abilities and fitness levels. She particularly enjoys training and conditioning prenatal and postnatal women.

Mariko is a wife and a mother of two amazing daughters who contribute to her ability to teach with patience and understanding. Her hobbies include supporting her favorite teams, the Lakers, Dodgers and Chargers and nurturing her knowledge of all things pop culture.

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Chris Hisamune, PT

Chris Hisamune graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1983. He has 30 years of experience helping people achieve their goal of feeling and moving better, with 10 of those years dedicated at M3 Physical Therapy. He accomplishes those goals primarily through manual orthopedic skills. He specializes in alignment and postural dysfunctions. Chris's clinical interests include training for better body use through movement training and prevention of disorders associated with Osteoporosis.

Roberta Brehm

Roberta Brehm, PT

Roberta grew up in Ventura County and graduated summa cum laude from Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles. It was during college that she first was introduced to the healing power of physical therapy when rehabilitating from martial arts injuries. After college, she volunteered a year in post-Katrina New Orleans.

She attended physical therapy school in Boston at the world-renowned MGH Institute of Health Professions where she spent clinical rotations in a variety of settings. These included a chronic pain treatment program, a geriatric-focused therapy clinic, and a final rotation at the University of Michigan hospital in both inpatient and outpatient rehab settings. She graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Since graduation, she has worked mainly in outpatient physical therapy but also has spent some time in skilled nursing and home health rehabilitation. She also sees lymphedema patients. In November 2017, she received her Reiki II attunement. In her spare time, Roberta enjoys Pilates, yoga, spin classes, singing, learning the Celtic harp, and travel.

Munesha Lona

Munesha Lona, PT, DPT, PCS

Munesha obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2001. Her passion for treating pediatric patients extends across a multitude of treatment settings, including inpatient, rehab, and medical units within a school setting. She earned her Pediatric clinical specialty in 2007. Munesha enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three kids.

Kristina Bond

Kristina Bond, PT, DPT

Kristina Bond earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from California Baptist University in 2014. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017. During her time in Alabama, Kristina completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient orthopedics, and pediatrics. She also worked with the research department at Lakeshore Foundation, a paralympic training center. Kristina has been published in subjects related to telehealth for patients with Parkinson Disease, and involved in the research of adaptive fitness for people with disabilities.

In her spare time Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hiking, playing sports on the beach, ice skating, and traveling. She is passionate about promoting health and fitness in the community, and helping people of all ages to reach their goals.

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