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Mechanics Pilates Extends Into The Future

Updated on August 17, 2014

A Unique Exercise Technique.


Meet Melissa Flynn-Owner Of Ocotillo Pilates Studio

Doctors encourage women during their physical to incorporate a exercise into their daily routine. Exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis, certain menstrual symptoms, and alleviating stress are the benefits. However finding the right kind of exercise routine to incorporate into your life can be challenging.

40% of the our population are confessed couch potatoes. Getting involved in a daily routine of exercise is an unwelcoming fantasy.

Some women are uncomfortable with the gym scene. Even though now more gyms are providing outlets exclusively for women the insecurity of exercising in front of others can be uncomfortable.

However research shows that if a woman finds an exercise routine that fits her level of comfort they are open to remaining dedicated.

I had the pleasure of Meeting with Melissa Flynn, Owner of Ocotillo Pilates. In our interview Melissa explained her passion for Pilates.

Melissa's journey started seven years ago in Scottsdale Arizona. Melissa’s passion dedicated to making the work of Joseph Pilates available to people of all over the valley took her to Chandler Arizona Where she established Ocotillo Pilates Studio. Melissa now has twelve instructors which helps empower clients with a unique understanding of how to build and maintain their core muscles, through fascial stretch therapy; A system of table-based assisted stretching, focusing on the fascia and joint capsule as the key elements in achieving the best flexibility. Mechanics therapy technique opens the door to a diverse group of consumers who suffer from bodily injuries and athletes undergoing rehabilitation due to sports injuries.

Joe Pilates, The Barrel by Balanced Body

I.C. Rapoport Photographs, Joe Pilates, The Barrel by Balanced Body
I.C. Rapoport Photographs, Joe Pilates, The Barrel by Balanced Body | Source

The Founder Joseph Hubertus Pilates

Joseph H. Pilates was born in 1883,in Mönchengladbach,Germany. His father was a prize-winning gymnast, and his mother worked as a naturopath.

Pilates was constantly sick as a child he suffered from health problems such asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. He decided to dedicate his entire life to improving his physical strength. His health journey lead him to skiing frequently, he also began studying body-building, yoga, "kung fu" (probably what is now known as qigong), and gymnastics.

By the age of 14, he was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts. Pilates came to believe that the "modern" life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health.

He ultimately enhanced a series of exercises and training-techniques and engineered all the equipment, specifications, and tuning needed to teach his methods properly.

I.C. Rapoport Photographs, Joe Pilates, The Barrel by Balanced Body


What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercises which incorporates dance and gymnastics practice to strengthen the bodies core.

Mechanic Pilates: Incorporates special apparatuses, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture.

Some of the Pilates equipment used is the corealign ladder,the high ladder barrel, and the low chair single pedal, just to name a few. These modernized mechanic techniques gives pilates a stretch into the future.

Melissa Demonstrates Core Strengthen Techniques Using The Ladder High Barrel.
Melissa Demonstrates Core Strengthen Techniques Using The Ladder High Barrel. | Source

The High Barrel Ladder

  • Six ladder rungs accommodate varying degrees of strength and flexibility.Creating a apparatuses thatpromotes flexibility is vital to the core of our body. Many gymnast may usesuch techniques to strengthen their performance and body structure.
  • The range of the sliding base promotes distance between the ladder and barrel, allowing the torso and leg stretches to elongate to it's fullest capability.
  • Metal frame construction maintains stability and durability which will help build strength within your core muscles.
  • Steel vertical ladder posts are structured into steel frame for the best strength and reliability which helps one maintain in confidence while building strength within your muscles.

The Importance of Building A Solid Foundation Using The Proper Technique.

Melisa emphasizes the importance of building a solid foundation using the important measures of Pilates “Are technique encourages clients to move forward in their ability to build their core muscles."

Melissa dedication has earned her a faithful position as a qualified Pilates specialist through Body Arts and Science International; Giving her the credentials to train future instructors to take a stretch into the future of Mechanics Pilates.

If you lack the desire to exercise take baby steps into the direction needed to enhance your energy. Never incorporate an overbearing routine early on, as discouragement could set in. One day at a time is the key.

Emunah La-Paz

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