What is Pilates?
Pilates is a type of exercise that uses slow, focused movement to balance the strength of the “core” muscles in your body. Core muscles include the deep abdominals and back muscles, diaphragm and pelvic floor. Strong core muscles can support the spine and set the stage for a stable, yet flexible body. All Pilates movements utilize the principles of breath, alignment, control, precision, and concentration. Pilates movements work the whole body and emphasize quality of movement versus quantity.
Joseph Pilates developed the Pilates system of exercise in the 1920’s. He was a sickly child and created this method for his own healing. He went on to work with prisoners of war, rehabilitating them with his “table” using springs and pulleys. This system became our modern “Reformer”, pictured below.
Pilates can be done on the floor, called Mat Pilates, which uses body weight for resistance or other props such as balls and bands. It can also be done utilizing large equipment such as the Reformer and other apparatus.
The beauty of Pilates is that it can be adapted for anyone, no matter their fitness level. It is a great way to improve your posture and body awareness, strengthen and tone your muscles, and feel energized and more alive!
Mary Ellen Wells, P.T. combines her expertise in physical therapy with her passion for self-healing to create exercise programs designed to strengthen and revitalize your body.
Are you lacking in energy and strength?
Is it painful for you to exercise or do activities that you enjoy?
Do you have an understanding of how to safely exercise again after an injury?
Are you healing from a recent injury and still feel limited in your ability?
Have you seen other physical therapists and failed to make progress or ended up hurting more?
My approach "MOVEMENT WORKS" is designed to:
Help you regain strength and vitality
Develop new habits and movement patterns that contribute to your ease and comfort
Loosen and stretch tight muscles
Learn techniques to reduce pain and calm your mind
Improve your ability to do the things you love
Help you incorporate self-care into your life
What is Movement Works?
Serving Sonoma County, California 707 331-7183
"I look forward to working with you in building strength, endurance, flexibility and meeting your health care goals"
Mary Ellen Wells PT
With a background in Physical Therapy and a passion for feeling strong in my body, I have developed a unique way to work based on my 37 years of experience as a physical therapist... read more
Meet your health goals, stay fit and enjoy
the things that keep you young and vital.
"Taking your class for the last four to five years has toned my body parts more than I thought possible. Even when it is once per week for an hour per class time! Thank you very much!" Sophear H.