Conditioning your core
|By Gabi Moore|
Pilates teacher offers talks, demonstrations
Rosana Capiaco-Barberio is quick to dispel the myth that Pilates is only for dancers.
“Pilates is for everyone,”
While many dancers — including Capiaco- Barberio — use Pilates to strengthen their core and improve their dancing, “there is no limit to who can benefit from it,” says Capiaco-Barberio.
“The way I think about it, it’s a way of life. It’s forever something that you keep working on and adding to it. It’s a practice. It’s something you can do as long as you can move.”
Copiaco-Barberio teaches classical Pilates at Old Town in Lansing and has scheduled lectures and demonstrations Saturday and next Wednesday and Thursday. She said the biggest benefit of Pilates is that it strengthens your core.
“If you’re strong in the middle, the better the chances of keeping your balance and being stronger and being able to do things more efficiently,” she said.
Copiaco-Barberio said many instructors have begun to combine Pilates with other
“I don’t miss much,” she
Pilates, Capiaco-Barberio tries to show them exercises that will help them find
their stomach muscles and recognize how they can strengthen the muscles in
their back and stomach with simple movements. She also works to recognize each
individual’s abilities and what they are capable of with Pilates.
“Everyone’s different,” she
Though everyone can do
Pilates Old Town Pilates 1106 N. Cedar, 3rd Floor, Lansing 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8; 5:15 p.m.