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Pilates and Motion: Holistic Exercise and Stress Relief

By Courtney Clark

In Katy, Pilates and Motion has been teaching body movement to residents for more than fifteen years. Practicing Pilates and the Gyrotonic ® method, the studio helps attendees strengthen, lengthen, and tone their bodies for a long and lean look. The holistic practices are great for health and for stress relief.

Pilates and Motion offers a variety of instruction: private and group classes in Pilates, yoga, CoreAlign, Gryotonic ®, and Gyrokinesis ®. According to the website, each class aims to "emphasize the internal practice of mind/body movement: the dynamic interplay of focused action and receptive awareness supported by the breath." Individual and groups (of only up to five students) learn how to work the body to reach what the studio refers to as an inner life force, resulting in relaxation and clarity.

Pilates and yoga are common practices, but what is what is Gyrotonic®. The Gyrokinesis® method is part of Gyrotonic® and, according to owner Pam Blangy, was originally called "Yoga for Dancers." Relatively new, it "enables simultaneous lengthening and strengthening of muscles, stimulates circulation, enhances joint mobility and coordination." The equipment paired with the exercise support natural movement patterns of the body and is adjustable for each unique body type and ability. However, not only dancers can benefit from Gyrotonic ® practices; it's great for all ages and stages of health.

Each style of class has many benefits. The website lists improved body awareness, increased flexibility, decreased joint pain, and a reconditioning of the nervous system, to name just a few. Students are able to reach their goals with the help of experienced and trained instructors. Blangy, for example, has been teaching for over 15 years and is certified with Body Control Pilates, Stott Pilates, and is a Teacher/Trainer of Gyrotonic ® and Gyrokinesis ®.

Pilates and Motion also offers options for physical therapies: massage, Reiki, and craniosacral. The instructors boast licensing with massage therapy and experience in a variety of therapies to ensure clients are in good hands. Reiki therapy is a Japanese technique while craniosacral therapy aims to relieve pain and tension through holistic work with the skull. Also, a great new addition to the studio is a certified acupuncturist who can help with the stress and anxiety of everyday life.

Regardless of a guest's chosen method of stress relief, pain relief, or exercise, this studio has a variety of approaches to fit multiple preferences. The studio focuses on Pilates and Gyrokinesis ®, and although the two practices are similar in ways, they are ultimately different methods. Overall, Blangy says, "Not only do these two methods help in the short term goal of looking and feeling better," but better movement patters create a "better quality of life."

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