LightSpace is the only Pilates and wellness studio in Chicago to integrate both Western and Eastern movement philosophies. We customize holistic wellness programs for all populations using a blend of Pilates exercises and Qigong. The result is an individual movement experience that addresses your unique needs. To achieve this, our instructors fuse the principles of Pilates, movement therapy, Qigong, Taoist Neuro-Energetic Therapeutics, and Shiatsu Bodywork.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a movement system designed to stabilize, strengthen, stretch, and balance the entire body. Pilates exercises restore strength and length to the body's postural muscles and to the muscles around the joints, helping you achieve optimal alignment. Pilates conditioning helps develop strength, flexibility, coordination, speed, agility, and endurance.
What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an internal martial art considered to be a form of moving meditation. Its translation means "life energy cultivation." Among its many benefits, the practice of Qigong can provide relief from stress and anxiety, physical tension, and greatly enhance and balance the body's immune system. We love Qigong because it helps cultivate a deeper internal focus.
What makes us unique?
At LightSpace, your Pilates practice is more than just physical exercise. The internal focus you achieve by integrating Qigong into Pilates movements can help you eliminate energetic blockages. These blockages often take the form of muscular tension or "knots", stress and anxiety, or injury, all of which can prevent proper postural alignment and movement. The result is healthier and more efficient movement in every aspect of your life.
How does Qigong help in this process?
Pilates and Qigong complement each other. Qigong movements and meditation help release superficial physical tension (those "knots" again) that create imbalances in posture and alignment, often leading to injury. Once this tension is released, it is much easier to activate the deeper core muscles of the abdominal wrap. These muscles are particularly difficult to access, but provide stability, support, and flexibility for more efficient movement patterns. The result? An awesome workout for the physical body combined with improved energetic flow. And the amazing feeling of having meditated for an hour.
Why LightSpace for post-rehabilitation?
Whether recovering from injury or looking to improve your strength, flexibility and well-being before or after surgery, LightSpace can help! Our experienced instructors guide you in connecting to your center and lead you through Pilates movements to help you build a more dynamically stable and flexible body. We educate you about your body and how it works, and help you correct faulty movement patterns that cause instability or pain, thus helping you rehab from current injuries and reducing the likelihood of future injury. Our instructors are dedicated to mastery and excellence in their craft. With over 1,000 hours of training in the mind body arts, we are committed to continuing education.
What conditions respond well to Pilates Based Rehab?