The Body Lab Wellness Center - Binghamton, NY
 

Pilates: General Info

Welcome to Pilates at the Body Lab, the ONLY studio in the area to offer Core Align, the newest Pilates apparatus!

We offer Pilates Equipment & Mat Classes, along with, Privates, Duets and Trios for a smart and productive workout. Select from various Equipment and Mat classes, which are conducted from our experienced, certified instructors in Endicott NY. Our beautiful studio space is the perfect setting for exclusive private sessions or  small group lessons.

Our warm, cozy,and friendly studio is the first full-service Classical Pilates studio in Endicott NY. The studio is equipped with the full line of Pilates apparatus, manufactured by Balanced Body, including Wall Tower Units, Chairs, and the CoreAlign. We offer private and small group sessions on the Pilates apparatus, as well as workshops and group mat classes.

Pilates is a unique method of precise movement. The low impact nature of the Pilates workout, coupled with its emphasis on the quality, rather than quantity, makes Pilates the perfect workout for any age, body type or fitness level.

Pilates promotes:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Weight loss & Toning

Many of the Pilates exercises are performed on your back, emphasizing body symmetry and core abdominal control. Pilates will improve your:

  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Focus
  • Energy

Never be bored with over 500 exercises to progress from. Improve your Golf or Tennis Game. Add new grace and vitality to the way you move.

Joseph H. Pilates created this unique, safe and effective method of exercise that creates long, lean, strong muscles. Joseph Pilates came from Germany in 1926 and landed in New York City. Joseph was a gymnast who had creative and brilliant ideas about physical fitness and rehabilitation. While in England when WWI broke out, he was incarcerated in a German National Prison camp. Influenza broke out and Joseph developed many ways to stay healthy and rehab the sick. Joseph rigged a hospital bed with pulleys and springs so patients could begin their recovery while lying on their backs. This idea evolved into the Cadillac, which later became one of Pilates main pieces of equipment design.

As a child, Joseph Pilates suffered from a number of illnesses resulting in muscular weakness. He was determined to overcome these frailties and started studying Yoga, Martial Arts, Zen Meditation, Greek and Roman exercises.

During the 1930's and 40's, famous dance instructors and choreographers, such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine embraced Pilates method. If injured, performers and dancers usually suffered from long recovery periods. Unique to their time, Pilates method allowed and encouraged movement early in the

rehabilitation process which helped with healing. It wasn't long before the dance community adopted Pilates work into their routines for strengthening and alignment.

More than 70 years later, many rehabiltation practitioners were using  the Pilates method. Utilizing specialized equipment, the springs and pulleys helped to facilitate injured individuals to complete certain movements successfully. By altering spring tension and creating more gravity challenges, an individual would progress torward acheiving functional movement.

Dr. Francine Finucan recently received Pilates for scoliosis training. The two day course explored an alternative to bracing, or surgery, exercise

Studies from the 1950s onward have shown that exercise corrects scoliosis.

So why is exercise not more widely recognized as an option for scoliosis?  Because the right exercises have to be used.  If a study looks at exercise in general, no benefit may be found, or worse, the scoliosis may be increased.  With the right exercises, studies have shown again and again that exercise is a viable option for handling scoliosis.

Scoliosis is a complicated subject full of twists and turns (literally). Scolio-Pilates breaks it down into steps.  Steps that correct alignment, de-rotate the spine before beginning an exercise, and demonstrate the best exercises to choose for maximum benefit.

Scolio-Pilates taught by Karena Thek Lineback President of Pilates Teck, Inc ,Host of 'Alive & Well' ,
Host of 'Pilates for Health Bodies' on public television Author of 'OsteoPilates' (New Page).

Dr. Francine Finucan teaches Pilates classes and private sessions at The Body Lab in Endicott NY.

 

For more on Pilates, click here. For how Pilates can help with chronic pain, click here.

We are proud to offer several Pilates programs. (With walk-in availability.)

Why do the classes cost so much?

Pilates instructors are highly trained professionals who have invested hundreds of hours studying the technique. They learn over 800 exercises for both the mat and equipment.  They learn the philosophy and theory behind each movement, spend considerable time observing and mastering proper form and sequences, and apprentice to fine tune their teaching skills prior to taking a rigorous written and practical exam. They learn more than just a series of moves, they learn how to assess their students’ posture, how to adapt exercises for various body conditions, and how to customize the optimum Pilates program for each individual. This kind of specialized training, combined with the expenses of furnishing a fully equipped studio, commands a higher price tag than the average gym membership fee.

 

If you are interested in signing up for a class, you must make payment by cash or check ahead of time. (Walk ins are welcome, but not guaranteed). Call Francine with questions, or to schedule a class, and to arrange payment.

Please bring a completed waiver and health history to your first class!

Snow Day Policy: We will follow Vestal and UE school closings in the case of snow. We will post on FB any Pilates/yoga cancellations.

 
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