The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
Synergy Staying Fit Pilates, (Ocean Park), our newest customer is 77 years young. She has recently recovered from knee surgery and 1 year of rehabilitation. Now she is facing the challenges of strengthening an imbalanced body after years of favouring one leg. I wasn’t surprised to hear that she has also developed Sciatica – nerve pain that travels through the hip and down the back of a leg. The knee that was operated on and pampered for the year is thankfully quite good, but the other knee that has been the workhorse for too long is now the problem, along with the Sciatica.
People are continually surprised to hear that Pilates is safe and extremely beneficial for “elderly” people, especially for those who have never done fitness classes before. For those who have injuries or had surgery that has weakened one side of their body, Pilates will help to restore balance and equally strengthen muscles and ligaments.
A good Pilates instructor will recognize imbalances in a body and pay close attention to correcting them. It is natural for a body to continue to favour a stronger side without the person being aware of it. Every class I have clients who are surprised to hear my corrections: “You are leaning to the right”. Or, ” Your right shoulder is higher than the left.” Their response is usually, “No I’m not.” Thank goodness for mirrors!
My senior customers are very dear to my heart. It takes a special person who is willing to try and learn something new at 75 + years, and especially when it involves fitness. At 40 it is easy to talk ourselves out of going to a fitness class, so imagine being twice that age. I commend my seniors and try my best to make their time a positive and fun experience. Many live on their own and want to remain independant. I work to set them on that path so they can do just that.
The exercises focus on:
1. Strengthening muscles and lignament so both sides of the body are equally strong.
2. Balance so falls are less apt to happen. Core strength is crucial to better balance.
3. Stretching and increasing range of motion in joints.
For more information please feel free to call Julie Akin – Pilates Instructor at Synergy Staying Fit Pilates – in the White Rock area.
Tel: 604 809-9463