Pilates and Parkinson’s

I just came across a news report highlighting an absolutely wonderful Pilates program in Monterey, California, that helps people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

While Parkinson’s can’t be cured, the symptoms and side effects can often be managed, and exercise has proven to be an important coping strategy.

According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation:

“There is evidence that exercise may hold specific benefits for people with Parkinson’s in staying active and relatively limber, and improving balance and motor coordination.”

It really hits close to home for us as we’ve been working with several students that are dealing with Parkinson’s. The power of Pilates to address neurological issues continues to be proven, as it combines several benefits. Pilates can:

  • Heighten neuromuscular coordination.
  • Increase joint range of motion and enhance mobility.
  • Restore postural alignment.
  • Reduce stress and boost energy.

In short, Pilates can offer a better quality of life.

There are several great programs using Pilates, Yoga, and Dance/Ballet that are helping Parkinson’s patients continue to move. I loved seeing this video, and I love that so many people are benefiting from Pilates!

Read more about the Peninsula Pilates Project at Peninsula Pilates Project. [Link will open in a new tab]

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Pilates for Men

One thing I always find perplexing is that many people think Pilates is primarily an exercise regime for women.

Joseph Pilates in his Eighties.

Nothing could be further from the truth: one look at Joseph Pilates in his eighties should be enough to convince anyone that a lifetime of Pilates exercises can keep that “beach body” worth showing off decades into their AARP membership. (In the snow, no less!)

So I really got a kick out of this video at Business Insider


It’s never too late to get started: we’re running a great Intro Special (’til the end of January: that’s very soon!), so sign up here today!

Educating the body

I’ve studied the body my whole life.

My first career began at the tender age of four when — like so very many four year olds — I was smitten with ballet. It continued until I retired from ballet at the (only slightly less tender) age of thirty-one; every day spent studying, learning, and fine tuning my body to be the instrument I needed it to be on stage.

My second and current career has had me delving even further into the intricacies of the body and its anatomy, studying the forces that affect and wear on it, the forces that cause aches and pains, and learning various methods to prevent and control the inevitable toll of years and years of gravity.

15 years of delving, studying, and learning later I’m still amazed at how much simply reeducating the body can make a difference in one’s well-being, and I’m even more amazed at the fact that the majority of people have never really learned anything practical about anatomy — what is good for it, and what isn’t.

It boggles my mind that as children we learn calculus, trigonometry, biology, grammar… the list goes on and on. Yet, the one thing that we carry with us (all while it carries us with it) our whole lives is barely touched on: our anatomy, and its alignment!

We never learn that proper scapula placement is important in preventing shoulder injuries later in life. We never learn the fact that balancing our muscle and fascia structure is integral to our body maintaining its strength and to preventing injury.

My poor kids get tired of their Mom telling them not to walk like ducks, to slide their shoulders down, to keep their spines long. I hope that one day, when they’re adults, they’ll look back and be happy that their nagging Mom just wanted to teach them something so invaluable that most people unfortunately only learn after many surgeries, or after suffering through lots of (avoidable) pain. If then!

It’s never too early to educate the body.

But the good news is: it’s also never too late.

January is the ideal time to find out what we can do for you: Our Intro Package of 3 private sessions is discounted to $150. This great deal is available on our scheduling system online [here].


Welcome to 2016: Intro Special!

As we enter the New Year we all have resolutions.

At centerAlign ours is to continue to help as many people as we can, and to educate everyone how proper alignment can benefit their health. What could be more important than good health? Most people don’t realize just how badly sitting (in front of computers, staring at their phones, and just driving around…) affects so much more than their spine.

Let us help you make a difference in how you feel. Everyday!

To this end we are welcoming new clients who would like to experience this difference.

Our Intro Package of 3 private sessions is discounted to $150 during January only. This great deal is available on our scheduling system online [here], or by using the Mindbody app.

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If using the app, look for “Welcome to centerAlign special!” to take advantage of this deal.

After purchase, you can schedule your appointments by emailing melanie@centeralign.com, or by filling out the form.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you make a difference. Everyday!

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Come and meet us at the W.I.S.E Conference on October 16th

We are excited to participate as a vendor at the W.I.S.E. conference on Friday, October 16th!

We will have an interactive display so people can come and try out our services.

The event takes place at the Waterway Marriott from 8 am-3 pm. The vendor area is free this year so anyone can stop by and stroll around without having a ticket to the conference.

So, if you would like to meet our team and see what we offer come and visit us there!

More information about the conference may be found at this link

Interactive Open House on August 16th!

Pilates, massage, Yamuna Body Rolling, Active Isolated Stretching! Come try them out and see what you think! Free short demonstrations for you to experience.

Where : centerAlign Pilates and Body Rolling
25250 Borough Park, suite 110
The Woodlands, TX 77380
When:   Sunday, August 16th 1 pm – 3pm
Bring:    Wear clothes you can move easily in for demonstrations.

New Evening mat class and Yamuna Body Rolling schedule

We’ve added a new evening beginner | intermediate Pilates mat class on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, beginning July 9th. Come unwind after work with instructor Heather Thompson, and strengthen your entire body with our personalized small mat class.

Also beginning in July is our monthly Yamuna Body Rolling class. This class starts on July 13th from 1-3 pm. Classes will take place on the second Sunday of each month. This work goes deeper than stretching alone. Great stress release work in our fast paced life!

To reserve a spot in either of these classes visit schedule.centeralign.com and look under our “class” schedule.

There are no guarantees Pilates will help you live to 104…

but why take a chance?


Here’s a great article about a 104 year old great-grandmother in the UK who manages to stay active with Pilates.

“I’ve always liked keeping fit,” she said. “And now I make sure I do lots of walking as well as taking part in Pilates lessons.”

Read more: http://www.sevenoakschronicle.co.uk/Vera-s-Pilates-regime-proving-key-long-life/story-21158934-detail/story.html#ixzz34Sy4ELBO

You’re never too young or too old to learn about your body. centerAlign Pilates and Body Rolling is a CISD approved Private PE facility, and its clients range from their pre-teens into their Eighties (and aiming for 104!).

Schedule a session today!


Yamuna Body Rolling in January and February

Thanks so much for an amazing turnout at the Woodlands Yoga Studio for our January Yamuna Body Rolling workshop. We explored the connections of the hips, legs and back and everyone worked so hard. I always enjoy working with the yoga students there. We will have another workshop in February focusing on shoulders, neck and back on February 22nd. If you are interested in joining us you may find more information about the workshop at http://thewoodlandsyogastudio.com/bl_news/yamuna-jan-18th-100-300pm-hips-back-legs/