Pilates Classes South Portland ME

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South Portland Snap Fitness
(207) 799-0864
747 Broadway
South Portland, ME
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Old Orchard Snap Fitness
(207) 934-6136
2 Cascade Rd.
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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South Portland Snap Fitness
(207) 799-0864
747 Broadway
South Portland, ME
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Body of Work
(207) 741-5280
146 Ocean St
South Portland, ME
 
Falmouth Snap Fitness
(207) 899-4473
65 Gray Rd.
Falmouth, ME
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Falmouth Snap Fitness
(207) 899-4473
65 Gray Rd.
Falmouth, ME
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Old Orchard Snap Fitness
(207) 934-6136
2 Cascade Rd.
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Sheraton South Portland
(207) 775-6161
363 Maine Mall Rd
South Portland, ME
 
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Pilates Safe and Effective for Fibromyalgia

Pilates has become synonymous with core training but it is much more than that. For those of you who have never taken a Pilates class, it is a form of exercise that focuses on the core postural muscles of the trunk and abdomen. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine. They are designed to strengthen the deep torso muscles and protect the back from injury. Breathing is coordinated with movement with a general goal of improved flexibility and health. The developer of this physical fitness system was Joseph Pilates from Germany. He died in 1967 before seeing the tremendous success of his program.

Today, this method of exercise is used around the world but it has especially caught on in the United States. There are an estimated 11 million people who practice Pilates and over 14,000 trained instructors. And it isn't just for hard-core athletes and those who love to exercise. As the results of this study show, it can benefit people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions like fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain problem with widespread tender points and muscle pain throughout the body. Most patients with fibromyalgia also list many other symptoms that seem to be part of this condition. Those symptoms range from depression to fatigue to decreased sexual function and difficulty sleeping. Finding one treatment to alleviate all of the many symptoms isn't always possible. Sometimes finding ANY treatment that helps seems impossible.

The results of this study may help some people with this condition. Fifty (50) women diagnosed with fibromyalgia participated in an exercise program three times a week for 12 weeks. The women were divided into two separate exercise groups. One group was instructed and supervised in doing a Pilates program. The instructor was a certified Pilates trainer. The second (control) group did a home program of relaxation and stretching for the same 12-week time period. The participants ranged in age from 24 to 63 years old. Except for the fibromyalgia diagnosis, these women were in good health without evidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, or other significant health problems.

Each participant was tested before and right after the study to measure pain levels, function, and quality of life. Additional testing was done at 24 weeks, giving everyone a 12-week break after completing the program before taking the final outcome measures. The authors used the Visual Analog Scale to measure their pain and the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) to measure function, health, and quality of life.

They found significant improvements in the Pilates group that were not present in the control group. The Pilates group had fewer painful, tender points usually present with fibromyalgia. The women in the Pilates group reported better sleep, improved function and activity, and better quality of life. But the improvements didn't last. All measures for the two groups we...

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