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Exploring the Transformative Power of Pilates: A Roundtable Discussion

In the world of wellness and rehabilitation, Pilates stands out as a transformative and holistic approach to physical well-being. In this enlightening podcast episode, we had the privilege of hosting a roundtable discussion with our team at Inspira Physical Therapy & Pilates in Brooklyn, who are experts in the field. Dr. Melanie Carminati, PT, DPT, GTS, NCPT, founder of Inspira Physical Therapy & Pilates, leads the conversation with her team, each with a unique journey into the world of Pilates. They share insights into the essence of Pilates, its evolution, and its profound impact on the mind and body. Let’s dive into the world of Pilates and discover the magic it holds.

Understanding the Essence of Pilates

Dr. Melanie Carminati opens the discussion by explaining the essence of Pilates as a mind-body movement method. Originating from the teachings of Joseph Pilates, the method emphasizes mindful control of the body. It is designed to connect individuals back to their bodies, promoting breath as the foundational principle. Pilates is a powerful tool for movement re-education, offering strength, stability, and heightened body awareness.

Hannah Kearney, Pilates Program Manager at Inspira, shares her journey into Pilates, rooted in her passion for dance. She fondly recalls her early experiences with classical Pilates training and the profound impact it had on her awareness of the body’s intricacies.

Enhancing Confidence and Quality of Movement

The roundtable participants agree that Pilates plays a pivotal role in building confidence and improving the overall quality of movement. Clients who come to Inspira often suffer from injuries or disconnection from their bodies. Pilates, with its focus on fundamentals and precision, helps individuals regain trust in their bodies.

Hannah emphasizes that clients’ progress, marked by increased confidence and a willingness to explore new movements, is a source of immense satisfaction. Through breath work and movement re-education, Pilates empowers people to overcome physical limitations.

The Evolution of Pilates

Lynne Balliette, MFA, a second-generation Pilates teacher, reflects on how Pilates has evolved over the past decade. She notes the passing of key figures from the first generation of Pilates disciples, which has led to an expansion of Pilates’ interpretation. While growth is necessary, it can also pose challenges to maintaining the method’s integrity.

The roundtable participants discuss how Pilates has become more scientific, with a focus on the underlying science of movement. Dr. Carminati highlights the relevance of Pilates in the context of motor control, especially for therapeutic exercise. Pilates’ ability to address weaknesses and re-educate movement patterns is invaluable.

The Power of Pilates in Rehabilitation

The discussion then delves into the significant role Pilates plays in rehabilitation, particularly in cases of back pain, postural dysfunction, and pelvic floor issues. Pilates provides a unique platform for rehabilitating injuries and building awareness in a controlled environment.

Dr. Liudmila Lahonda, DPT, PT, OCS, a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Inspira, shares her perspective on how Pilates complements traditional physical therapy. The equipment’s support and versatility enable patients to engage in movements that may be challenging in a traditional therapy setting.

Mila highlights Pilates’ efficacy in retraining motor patterns, benefiting patients recovering from various conditions, including pelvic floor issues. She emphasizes that Pilates is not just about engaging the pelvic floor muscles but also about introducing movement in different positions, promoting neuromuscular re-education.

Pilates and Pelvic Floor Health

The discussion turns to the importance of Pilates in promoting pelvic floor health. The roundtable participants stress that Pilates goes beyond traditional pelvic floor exercises by incorporating functional movements and orientation to gravity.

Dr. Carminati mentions the positive impact Pilates has on individuals with urinary incontinence or organ prolapse. Engaging the pelvic floor with resistance on Pilates equipment contributes significantly to rehabilitation.

The Future of Pilates

As the roundtable wraps up, each participant shares their favorite aspect of Pilates and their hopes for its future.

  • Dr. Carminati highlights the transformative power of Pilates, emphasizing how it helps individuals feel better after each session.
  • Hannah appreciates Pilates’ versatility and precision, hoping it becomes more equitable and accessible to all.
  • Lynne values Pilates’ meditative quality and wishes for a future where Pilates embraces wellness as a society-wide investment.
  • Mila cherishes Pilates for its impact on people’s lives and hopes it continues to reach more individuals, enhancing their overall well-being.


The roundtable discussion offers a profound insight into the world of Pilates and its incredible potential to transform lives. Pilates is not merely an exercise method; it’s a path to greater body awareness, confidence, and overall wellness. As Pilates continues to evolve, it holds the promise of making these benefits accessible to an even wider audience. So, whether you’re a seasoned Pilates enthusiast or a newcomer to the practice, consider exploring the world of Pilates for a journey towards a healthier, more mindful, and empowered you.

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