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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Conditioning your core

Pilates teacher offers talks, demonstrations

by Gabi Moore


Rosana Capiaco-Barberio is quick to dispel the myth that Pilates is only for dancers.

“Pilates is for everyone,”
she said. “Just about anybody can do it with a little bit of guidance and you
can do it at any age, as long as you get conditioned and slowly learn it. 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.”


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
practices, like yoga or Tai Chi, which she said can cause the form to become
“impure and watered down.”
Her extensive teaching background, including
teaching at her own Pilates studio in Brooklyn, N.Y., means she knows what to
look for.

“I don’t miss much,” she
said. “I have a very keen eye for watching the body and how it moves and where
the movement initiated from, and that is one of my advantages that I offer to
my students.”

When introducing people to
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
said.


Though everyone can do
Pilates, it is important to be conscious of the movements they are doing when
practicing. “You can’t just do it without thinking about what you’re doing,”
Capiaco-Barberio said. “There has be to a mind and body connection with
Pilates.”



Pilates lectures


Pilates Old Town Pilates 1106 N. Cedar, 3rd Floor, Lansing 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8; 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 12; 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, Free (347) 241-8983
www.lansingoldtownpilates.com

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