Physical therapists are licensed professionals who work with people that have sustained disabilities, impairments, or limitations in their overall physical function. These deviations can be the result of disease, injury, or pathological processes. Physical therapists focus on the evaluation of strength, balance, range of motion, coordination, endurance, and posture of each individual patient. Through the modalities of exercise, mobilization, posture, manipulation, and movement analysis, physical therapists work to restore function, improve mobility, and decrease pain. Rehabilitation strategies often involve specific exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles as well as to improve posture, balance, and endurance.
The Pilates "method," as it is now known, is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility, strength, and body awareness. Pilates is a safe and effective form of exercise that emphasizes movement with correct biomechanics, as well as specific breathing patterns to facilitate and maintain abdominal control while performing a variety of corrective movements The method is a series of controlled movements performed on specially designed spring-resistant exercise apparatus (the Reformer) or on the floor (mat work). Two of the key elements of Pilates are core muscle strength and spinal alignment. It teaches you how to train your mind and build symmetry and coordination in the body.
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body. While massage therapy is applied primarily with the hands, sometimes the forearms or elbows are used. These techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body The basica philosophy of massage therapy embraces the concept of vis Medicatrix naturae, which is aiding the ability of the body to heal itself, and is aimed at achieving or increasing health and well-being.