Pilates Miami FL

Pilates is a great form of exercise that improves flexibility, posture and strength. One of the most important aspects of Pilates is the breathing techniques used with each Pilates posture, which makes Pilates great for asthma. Please scroll down to learn more and get access to all the related products and services in Miami, FL listed below including Pilates studios with experienced Pilates instructors.

Body Cut Fitness Center Inc
(305) 262-5799
7963 Nw 2nd St
Miami, FL
Miami Bally Total Fitness
8181 NW 12th St
Doral, FL
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Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pool, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Silver Sneakers, Steam Room, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Lady of America Fitness Center Miami W Flagler Street
(305) 264-5043
8247 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL
The Spot In the Gables
(305) 529-1002
2890 S Le Jeune Rd
Miami, FL
Jundokan Fitness Centre
(305) 261-0457
950 SW 82nd Ave
Miami, FL
Bally Total Fitness
(305) 592-6577
8181 NW 12th St
Doral, FL
New Reflection Inc
(305) 648-3000
780 Nw 42nd Ave Ste 4
Miami, FL
2 X S Fitness Center
(305) 774-6774
4619 NW 7th St
Miami, FL
Miller Richard Acct
(305) 944-5533
16499 NE 19th Ave N
Miami Beach, FL
Art of Bellydance
(305) 695-8720
Miami Beach, FL
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By Gina DeMillo Wagner

Most of us don’t think much about breathing. Instead, we breathe in and out whether we focus on it or not. But for the 20 million Americans who suffer from asthma, the ability to breathe deeply can take on life-and-death urgency. A chronic disease of the lungs, asthma causes airways to become blocked or constricted. The resulting symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and a shortness of breath that can range from minor to fatal.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that asthma has no cure, but practicing Pilates can relieve its symptoms and may reduce an asthmatic’s dependence on an inhaler. “The Pilates breathing technique encourages optimal movement of the ribcage, which improves the ability of the lungs to fill with air,” says Chantal Donnelly, a Los Angeles-based physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor. In fact, Joseph Pilates used the exercises he invented to help relieve his own asthma.

In his book, Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology, Pilates calls this lung-developing technique “correct breathing.” Donnelly explains how it works: “Pilates strengthens the deep abdominals, which are accessory muscles used to expel air from the lungs.” Plus, exercises like Swan and Seated Spine Twist help create more room in your chest. That, in turn, makes it easier for anyone—not just asthma sufferers—to breathe more deeply and efficiently. According to Sherri Betz, a physical therapist, Pilates instructor, and board member for the Pilates Method Alliance, this breathing technique yields numerous benefits for running, hiking, swimming, and other physical pursuits. Moreover, a slew of studies report that Pilates exercises improve body awareness, help costal breathing (using your entire thorax and not just your diaphragm), increase spine mobility, and help correctly contract and expand core muscles.

To see for yourself, try this series of Pilates exercises, recommended by Elizabeth Larkam, Pilates instructor and director of the Pilates & Beyond program at the Western Athletic Clubs in San Francisco, California. The routine requires about 15 minutes and should be repeated at least three days a week. If you suffer from severe asthma, “be sure to ease into your exercise routine, since sudden changes in movement can trigger attacks,” says Betz. Other precautions: Keep your inhaler close by during exercise, slow down if you feel short of breath, and stay hydrated.

The Warm-Up

Lie flat on a mat (or other firm but forgiving surface), arms by your side. Knees should be bent, with the soles of your feet on the floor. Focus on relaxing and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Draw deep breaths from the base of your pelvis up through your chest and exhale fully, mouth open, so that you make a “ha” sound. Be sure to let the exhale empty your lungs completely so there’s room for expansion. Repeat the breathing until your back relaxes and every verte...

Author: Gina DeMillo Wagner

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Pinecrest Pilates
12115 South Dixie Highway
Miami, FL, 33156
(305) 232-2682
Company rating
4.6out of 5 (3 reviews)
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  • Cleanliness5
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  • Value4.3
  • Ease of Booking4.3
  • Instructor4.3
  • Workout4.7
The Core Pilates
9300 South Dixie Highway
Miami, FL, 33156
(305) 670-1451
Company rating
4.9out of 5 (3 reviews)
Based on the following categories:
  • Cleanliness5
  • Atmosphere5
  • Value5
  • Ease of Booking4.7
  • Instructor5
  • Workout5