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Pilates & Wellness

Bridge-The-Gap-Pilates at Rising Sun Physical Therapy with a Physical Therapist

If you are currently going through a Physical Therapy Rehab program with great success, but are interested to level up with your health and wellness even further, bridge the gap between your rehab and sports/job/daily activities, and reach your fullest potential, build a strong foundation to advance your techniques and get your best body yet, then this program might be for you.

In this program, you will:

  • Reach your highest potentials and maximize your control
  • Advance your techniques and your body mind connection
  • Use your body smarter, not harder
  • Regain a sustainable posture, movements, and habits for a lifetime
  • Reduce your risks for future injuries
  • Be more confident, focused, productive and be on the winning team

What is the difference between Private Pilates taught by a Physical Therapist (PT/Pilates) versus a Pilates Fitness Teacher (Fit Pilates)?

There is a difference in skill, experience, and scope of practice when dealing with clients who currently have or have had past injuries or physical limitations. These clients may require different exercise progressions or adaptations of the exercises based on their medical history.

Will my insurance, Flex-Spend, or HSA account cover Pilates?

The Bridge-The-Gap-Pilates program is an advanced wellness program to reach your highest potential beyond what is medically necessary. This service is not billable to your insurance. However, your HSA account or flexible spending accounts might cover wellness services. Please get this information from your Health Representative.

Some examples of injuries benefitting from Pilates include:

  • Back injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder, hip, knee, ankle injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prenatal/postpartum conditions
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • and more

What is the Pilates method?

The pilates method uses the mind-body technique to focus on stabilizing the central core. Developing a strong central core helps us control movements and utilize breath to better aid in the recovery process.

There are two types of Pilates categories: matwork and machine based work. Matwork consists of strength, mobility, and stretching techniques done on a floor mat. The purpose of these exercises is to find and develop a stable central core. Machine based work uses many of the same techniques as matwork, but with the assistance of a spring loaded pilates machine.

The Eight Principles of Pilates


For beginners, finding and utilizing breath can be one of the hardest aspects of pilates. By focusing on breath, the student both oxygenates the muscles and supports difficult movements using the abdominal compression obtained when releasing breath.


Pilates requires that the mind be aware during the entirety of each exercise. This is so that the user can understand their body in order to correct alignment factors.


During pilates it is important to control each movement. This is to better hone the body part the user is working on.


Often the center is referred to as the “power-house”. Each exercise aims to strengthen the power-house and can challenge it further with adding different arm and leg movements.


Each precise movement can further help the user with the control and mind-body awareness of each exercise.


The user must move evenly and continuously in order to balance their performance. Stocky and rapid movements does not help with the overall form.

Integrated isolation

By successfully managing pilates, the user will have built up a more fully understood mind-body. This helps to recognize bad habits as a way to correct them.


Practice makes perfect, the more practice the better the benefits.

What is Rehab Pilates?

Rehab pilates is used to realign, correct, and re-educate the body’s muscles to prevent injuries from happening again. We find that the pilates method works for a lot of our patients because it helps address smaller muscles during rehabilitation.

Many people are surprised to hear that injuries recur because of poor movement practices the body makes. We are hardly aware of these bad habits when they form and it ends up taking a toll on our physical functioning. Some things our bodies do without our knowing is overpowering the weak muscles. This helps us get through the activities we need to do in our day-to-day lives, but in reality, making no change to bettering our movements makes us susceptible to more injury.

This slight imbalance in our bodies needs to be slowly corrected. Pilates is a great tool for physical therapists when it comes to changing how the body moves. It helps create better habits for your health and well-being.

What is the lymphatic system and why does it matter?

The lymphatic system is part of the immune system and a crucial player in your body’s ability to ward off disease and heal from injury. Proper functioning of the lymphatic system is vital to our body’s ability to drain stagnant fluid, regenerate tissue, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. It works continuously to keep your body clean and functioning well.

Since the lymphatic system has such a big role in our health we can take extra measures to maintain and take special care of it. With a healthy lymphatic system, many people report being more healthy and energetic. With the amount of toxins that pile up within our body, it’s no wonder we feel good after purifying our bodies.

What is Rejuvenation and Detoxification?

Rejuvenation and Detoxification is cleansing your bodily purification system. It may reduce risk of disease and expedite the healing process of many conditions, sweeping away the toxins, foreign substances and debris, ensuring your lymph flow remains clear and unimpeded.

Our Rejuvenation and Detoxification Program

Rising Sun Physical Therapy would like to support your efforts to reduce the overall “body sludge” with our Rejuvenation and Detoxification Program.

The Rejuvenation and Detoxification Program assists you with:

  • Managing pain
  • Managing local swelling
  • Reducing fatigue
  • Improving your physical function
  • Improving your emotional health
  • Improving body composition and lean body mass
  • Deepening relaxation
  • Reducing stress
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Cleansing your body
  • Establishing healthy habits
  • Helping you to stay healthy

Our program is designed for people who want to stay healthy and are motivated to form a lifelong habit of well-being. It is ideal for people who like a hands-on approach to taking their health to the next level.

Our program uses lymph drainage therapy, supporting exercises and nutrition guidance to help you naturally cleanse your body. In addition, we utilize CranioSacral therapy to boost your emotional health and your body’s self-healing mechanisms. By the end of this program you will feel rejuvenated and refreshed and your body’s defense mechanisms will be at their best.

What to expect in your initial visit

In your initial visit a therapist will evaluate your health and analyze your exercise and nutrition.

During the course of treatment you will:

  • Have one-on-one ations with a physical therapist.
  • Receive a customized health assessment and advice about how to best address your goals.
  • Learn about simple and easy ways to feel vibrant and more energetic instantly and how to achieve your optimal health.
  • Determine the best program to target your specific problems and set a treatment plan fine-tuned to meet your needs.

Remember, living a healthy life is the most important key to success.