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Precision Fitness in a Precision Environment at Precisely Pilates

By Elisha Neubauer

When it comes to getting fit while having fun, Pilates is a great tool to keep in mind. Pilates is essentially a functional training system which aims to get the joints, muscles, and nervous system working in coherence. To simplify it, Pilates promotes an overall health.

"Pilates aims to give you the functional strength and alignment necessary to make the activities you enjoy outside the studio more fun and safer for your body," Kenna Olson, owner/master instructor at Precisely Pilates in Stamford, Conn., said. "Pilates will make you look and feel younger, improve your vitality and allow you to enjoy life to the fullest."

Olson found her way to Pilates through self-exploration. Working tirelessly at a corporate job, Olson was always in pain from sitting for long periods of time. With body aches and pains but no desire to set foot in a typical gym environment, she sought out an activity that would alleviate these pains that was outside of the scope of a normal gym.

"Pilates provided me with a workout that was fun and challenging, while easy on my joints and really improved how I felt about myself and how I carried myself," Olson said.

Today, Olson owns and operates Precisely Pilates where she encourages others to live their own healthy lifestyle.

"Pilates teaches awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthening the deep postural muscles which support this alignment," Olson said. "Neutral alignment reduces stresses to the structures of the spine, muscle, nerve, bone, and fascia which is essential to reducing back and other joint pain."

As Pilates increases strength, flexibility, and suppleness of the muscles, the practice can actually help aid those with sports injuries or pain from repetitive actives, lack of movement, or degeneration of the discs and joints. Pilates places a focus on core strength, which helps improve abdominal and lower back strength, as well as increasing balance, flexibility, and posture.

"The body will work hard to accomplish what you ask it, but it might not be able to do so in the correct fashion," Olson said. "We recommend that those new to Pilates start in either a private or a small group environment with a well-trained instructor."

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