Pilates for Strong Bones
Pilates for Strong Bones® (PSB) was created by Joyce combining the bone health and exercise science research of Dr. Mehrsheed Sinaki (Mayo Clinic) and Dr. Miriam Nelson (Tufts University – StrongWomen Program, see description under “Resources”), the University of Arizona’s Bone Estrogen Strength Training (BEST) Study (see description under “Resources”), and her Pilates education in safe exercises for individuals with low bone mass. A research- and Pilates-based exercise program, Pilates for Strong Bones® provides a challenging and safe workout for individuals who have experienced bone loss (osteopenia or osteoporosis), those concerned about their bone health, or for anyone looking for a challenging full body workout.
Pilates for Strong Bones® exercises will improve core and overall muscle strength, flexibility, balance and coordination by combining Pilates-based core strengthening with weight-bearing, strength training, flexibility and balance exercises using hand and ankle weights and additional exercise props. It is also an ideal workout for individuals seeking to improve their overall strength and muscle definition. The three primary fracture sites in postmenopausal women are the hip, wrist and the spine. PSB targets and strengthens these site-specific areas, the core and the entire body.
This program follows exercises protocols and guidelines established by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), the Pilates Method Alliance(PMA), and is safe for individuals with osteopenia and osteoporosis. If you have been given a diagnosis of osteoporosis by your health care provider, please obtain their written permission to take this class or to participate in private sessions.