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    Pilates by the Bay Hosts FREE Mat Class Food Bank Drive!

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    FREE Pilates Multi-level Pilates Mat Class opened to the community to support the Peoples Pantry Food Bank of Toms River. Wednesday February 24th at our studio at 1407 Rt. 37 E, Toms River NJ from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Bring friends and one non-perishable item each, to help feed the Toms River area community. During the cold winter months it’s nice to be reminded that we have so much to be thankful for—help us, help those in need with our new program “Pilates CAN Help Our Community”.

    Senior Teacher, Eileen Kane will take you through a fun workout using variety of Pilates props which may include arcs, rings, rollers, balls and bands to improve students” muscle strength, tone, flexibility, coordination and alignment. The class will also incorporate some Yoga stretching segments to lengthen your body and increase flexibility while you tone…all while you benefit the Peoples Pantry Food Bank of Toms River!

    “We plan to make our “Pilates CAN Help Our Community” food drive a regular part of our yearly special Pilates programs because Food Banks have such a significant place in our community. We want to show our gratitude by celebrating what they do in the Toms River area,” says Patricia Baiano, Studio Owner. “Each Food Drive will benefit a different Food Bank in our area and each class will have a different theme.”

    Admission to the food bank drive is by bringing one non-perishable food item per person. Space is limited so registration is required. Click here to register now!

    For more information, call 732-300-4917, or e-mail Pilates by the Bay is located at 1407 Rt. 37 E, Toms River NJ.

    Can Pilates Relieve or Prevent Back Pain?

    Pilates for Relieving Back Pain


    Although the benefits of Pilates reach far beyond relieving back pain, the reason many clients visit our studio for the first time is from seeking relief for this prevalent condition. In fact, a staggering 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.1

    A few interesting facts about back pain:

    • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
    • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.2
    • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
    • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
    • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.3
    • Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.4

    What Causes Back Pain?

    The back is a intricate structure of muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a paper clip from the floor— can have agonizing results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or exacerbate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.

    Pilates as a Treatment for Back Problems

    The fundamental principles of Pilates are consistent with an exercise program that promotes back wellbeing. In particular, learning awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthening the deep postural muscles that support this alignment are important skills for those who suffer from back pain.

    People with pain stemming from excessive movement and degeneration of the intervertebral discs and joints are particularly likely to benefit from a Pilates exercise program. In addition, postural asymmetries can be improved, thus decreasing wear and tear resulting from uneven stresses on the intervertebral joints and discs.

    Pilates improves strength, flexibility, and agility of the muscles of the hip and shoulder girdle. Fluid and supported movement through these joints helps prevent unnecessary force on the vertebral column.

    The Pilates program also teaches awareness of movement habits that may stress the spine, and helps the client change these habits to those that preserve neutral alignment. Awareness of excessive tension and the use of proper focus helps the client use the body efficiently.

    The Proof?…Study Finds Pilates Helps Back Pain Sufferers More than Other Therapies

    Title of study: Pilates-Based Therapeutic Exercise: Effect on Subjects With Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain and Functional Disability: A Randomized Controlled Trial Research team: Rochenda Rydeard PT, MSc, Andrew Leger PT PhD, Drew Smith PhD Published in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

    Low-back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Odds are, you’re among the sufferers of this persistent, chronic and painful health condition — and you’re always looking for better ways to find relief without taking pain medication all the time.

    One method worth trying?… Pilates.

    Recent research supports what many Pilates experts and enthusiasts have been saying for decades: That doing Pilates is not only great for sculpting a strong, lean body—but also for preventing and treating low-back pain.

    According to a small, randomized, controlled study published in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, participants who practiced Pilates over a four-week period experienced more relief from their symptoms than those who went through typical treatment programs.

    Due to the growing popularity of Pilates in therapeutic settings, researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, decided to test whether Pilates exercises were effective in improving the condition of patients.

    The investigators randomly assigned 39 active adults ages 20–55 with chronic low-back pain to either a Pilates training group or a control group. The experimental group exercised on Pilates equipment, while the control group received the usual care, defined as consultation with a physician and other specialists and healthcare professionals, as necessary. Treatment sessions were designed to train the activation of specific muscles thought to stabilize the lumbar-pelvic region.

    Post-testing revealed that the Pilates participants had significantly lower levels of functional disability and pain intensity than the control subjects.

    Pilates Considerations for Back Pain Patients

    Before starting any new exercise system, it is always advisable to check with a physician or other healthcare provider and follow the following tips to prevent back pain.

    Tips to Prevent Back Pain:

    • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
    • Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor.
    • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
    • Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening.
    • Maintain proper posture.
    • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
    • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
    • Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
    • Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
    • Ensure that your computer workstation is ergonomically designed with your monitor at eye level

    Start your Pilates practice today by join Renee Millemann for Stretch, Strengthen, & Align!…5-Part Workshop Series for a Strong & Pain Free Back. Click here for more information!



    1. Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 69-116.

    2. Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.

    3. This total represents only the more readily identifiable costs for medical care, workers compensation payments and time lost from work. It does not include costs associated with lost personal income due to acquired physical limitation resulting from a back problem and lost employer productivity due to employee medical absence. In Project Briefs: Back Pain Patient Outcomes Assessment Team (BOAT). In MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville.

    4. In Vallfors B, previously cited.

    Now Offering Bodhi Suspension Training Classes & Teacher Training! – April 2015

    Bodhi eith tagPilates by the Bay of Toms River is excited to now offer Bodhi Suspension System Training™ Group Classes and Teacher Certification

    Balanced Body brings the precision of movement and principles of Pilates to suspension training with the Bodhi Suspension System. Taking the body out of alignment with gravity fires the core stability muscles and develops integrated, whole body strength and dynamic flexibility. The Bodhi Suspension system offers four points of suspension to maximize stability training and proprioception while providing many options for creativity. Learn essential exercises, and how to create balanced class sequences using Balanced Body’s unique track system.

    Group Classes: Classes run 55 minutes with a maximum of 5 students. Times vary so check our online schedule or call 732-300-4917 for more information. Cost: $18 each or $150 for a card of ten.*

    Teacher Training Course includes:

    Detailed manual, DVD and ongoing video support.

    Introduction to the Balanced Body Movement principles to strengthen your teaching.

    Balanced Body’s track system to help you create classes quickly and easily.

    Progressions, regressions and modifications to make suspension training useful for everyone.

    Upcoming training June 6th & 7th Click here for more information.

    *Ten pack class cards must be used within 3 months.

    Best Of New Jersey 2011-2012

    Pilates By The Bay was voted one of the best pilates studio in New Jersey in New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Thank you for your support! We are honored by the recognition.

    Toms River Woman Stretches Business Skills (AP Press)

    IMG_235“…Pilates had helped with my back pain and I thought it was a great form of exercise, so I decided to become an instructor through the Balanced Body University Instructor Training Program. But I didn’t find any existing Pilates studios in the area to work for, so I decided to start my own in Toms River. I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring something new to the area.”

    On The Air with 92.7FM WOBM Breakfast Show

    IMG_244“…A functional workout teaches your muscles to work together rather than just isolating them. It’s about teaching multiple muscle groups to work together so you can perform everyday activities. You want to look for a workout that gets your whole body moving as much as possible…”