What is Pilates
Developed from the rehabilitation techniques of Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a safe, sensible exercise system using a floor mat or specialized equipment, that will improve your posture and strength. Safe for most everyone, Pilates improves core strength, flexibility, agility and economy of motion. Pilates is a natural fit with our goal of helping our patient’s achieve their optimal biomechanics- minimize pain and optimize their function!
Our instructors have completed Mat and Reformer training through national leaders in Pilates including Balanced Body University, Basi and Stott Pilates. Five of our Physical Therapists have completed advanced education in Pilates and are integrally involved in our Pilates program as instructors and program development.
Pilates Instructor and Pilates Program Coordinator
Mindy is a registered and licensed dietician who will complete her Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Health Spring 2017 and owns her own private nutrition practice- Balanced 360 Nutrition Consulting. Mindy has completed Pilates Mat and Reformer instructor training through Balanced Body University. She is also a long time Zumba instructor. As the MMSPT Pilates Program Coordinator, Mindy helps with the scheduling and implementation of the classes and is happy to help you with any questions or concerns regarding the program or your individual account. firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Deschler, PT
Danielle graduated in 2002 from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon with a Doctorate in physical therapy. She has worked throughout the United States in a variety of clinical settings. Though she specializes in orthopedics, she has a diverse skill set with extensive continuing education in manual work, fitness, Pilates, and over 600 hours of yoga training. Danielle is currently working on her medical yoga therapy certification. Trained in Stott Pilates but having taken course work and mentorship from a variety of instructors, Danielle brings an extensive Pilates background to our program. She is also graduated from the Oregon School of Massage in Portland, Oregon 1999.
Jessica Morrow, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Jessica comes to us from the heart of the mid-west, Nebraska. She found her way to Idaho through a vocal-performance scholarship to Boise State University. She eventually decided to pursue other talents and majored in Health Science at BSU before earning her degree as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant from Carrington College of Boise in 2013. Jessica joined MMSPT after two years of practicing all over the Treasure Valley in Boise with Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services, where she gained extensive experience in multiple aspects of physical therapy. She has a strong interest in Orthopedic/ Manual Therapy, Spinal Care, Aquatic Therapy and Sport Rehabilitation. Jessica has also enjoyed instructing group exercise since 2010 including boot camps, HITT classes, PiYo and more. At MMSPT, she uses those skills to teach Mat Pilates and Kid’s SPARQ classes for the public. As a PTA, Jessica’s goal is to help people make physical fitness and wellbeing a lifestyle not just an appointment, through providing the best quality of care possible. FUN FACT: Jessica traveled to 7 countries in Europe with the Nebraska Ambassadors of Music, a choir of 300 people and sang a solo in each country they performed in.
Insurance Authorization Specialist
In high school and college Nicole participated in running, swimming, volleyball, soccer, mountain biking and aerobics. The past few years, she has become increasingly more involved in CrossFit and Pilates. Nicole studied Basi Pilates to become a certified Pilates instructor and currently teaches Mat Pilates on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Nicole wants to share her passion for both sports with others by promoting the ways it has changed her perspective of fitness and physical well being and engendered a healthy self image for herself and her children. Additionally, Nicole works at MMPST as the Insurance Authorization Specialist. She has over 10 years of experience working behind the scenes in health care.
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Mat vs Reformer Classes
With matwork, your body provides both the resistance and assistance for Pilates exercises, affected only by gravity and your body weight. Props are often used to help compensate for specific weakness or tightness or other limiting factors to enable everyone to be successful.
Reformers are the most popular and versatile piece of Pilates equipment. While on the carriage, you send it gliding by pushing through the footbar or pulling on the ropes. Progressive resistance is created when the springs to the carriage are extended/ Reformers extend the available range much further, offering either additional resistance or support. Exercises can be easier or more challenging as desired.