Exercise Therapy

Joseph Pilates once said, “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”  That is what we aim to accomplish with our sessions at West U Wellness. In this modern world we spend more and more time in unhealthy positions.  The movements and exercises we focus on are purposefully chosen to try to mediate and repair the damage our bodies take throughout our lives. Whether it is due to hours in an office desk or a car accident, your body will appreciate moving properly with correct breathing. Over time this can make significant impacts in every aspect of one’s life.

Nowadays it has become hard to distinguish between a fitness fad based on sensationalism, or a proven and truly healthy way of working out.

  • Often people injure themselves while attempting to improve their health.
  • While at the office, we show our patients simple, at-home exercises which will guide them through the process of developing healthier habits.
  • It is usually a fairly straightforward correction involving isometric exercises, stretching, and behavior modification.  This help relieves chronic as well as sciatic pain.
  • Our programs, customized for each individual patient, generally incorporate the following three components:
  1. Retraining movement patterns
  2. Core conditioning
  3. Self-myofascial release

All of us have ways of moving that are often contradictions. For example, many of our chronic aches and pains are often linked to movement habits like standing on one leg more often than the other, crossing our legs the same way every time we sit down, holding our phones to our ears the same way, or even breathing into our shoulders instead of our ribs or belly. It is these unconscious and repetitive movements that are most often to blame for much of our physical pain.

  • Learning proper movement patterns is a vital part of our lessons.

The next major part is core conditioning.

  • Core conditioning cannot really begin without correct breathing.
  • Your breath controls the engagement of your core.
  • Proper breathing can help release lower back, and prevent or correct diastasis recti.
  • It can also lead to greater overall strength and stability.
  • With proper breathing also comes proper posture – a major focus of our clinic.

Self-myofascial release is just as important as the other two aspects of our sessions.

  • This is an effective way to keep your aches and pains at bay, with little effort and little cost.
  • The technique involves the use of a tool called a “therapeutic foam roller,” which is used to put pressure and tension on something called “fascia,” a layer of skin that goes around our muscles and organs.
  • Some people describe fascia as being like a sweater for your muscles, since it consists of a weave-like protective tissue.
  • The truly fascinating thing about fascia is that not only is it a protective tissue, it is a connective one as well.
  • Scientists have shown through the study of cadavers that fascia is connected in meridians throughout the body, which means that the fascia in your calf is connected to the fascia in your neck.

Combined together – retraining movement patterns, core conditioning, and self-myofascial release – these three things are very effective for improving one’s health.

Kelly Aguilar’s Credentials:

  • STOTTS Pilates Certified in Mat, Reformer, Injuries and Special Populations.
  • Trained in Cadillac, Chair and Barrel.
  • Yoga certified.
  • TRX certified.
  • My husband and I come to West U Wellness. I enjoy the exercise routine. We sit on a big ball and balance ourselves. Sometimes we laugh a lot. It is fun and exciting and makes me feel like a kid again! When we go to the adjusting room, Dr. Long is very careful with me because she knows my specific body needs. I feel very good after the adjustment.

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    • E.L.
  • I partially tore a tendon in my left shoulder. After a month or so I hadn’t seen any improvement, my shoulder still felt just as weak and I wasn’t able to sleep on my left side at all. After a week of following Kelly’s instructions my shoulder already felt stronger and I was able to sleep on my left side again!! I feel amazingly better. Thank you Kelly!

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    • C.H.
    • Shoulder injury

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Foam Roller for the Entire Back

Jessie demonstrates how to relieve tension in the back by foam rolling.

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