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In Truckee Tahoe, age is an attitude

Amy Edgett
Sierra Sun
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“In the 60s I started to slip. In the 70s I started to slump,” said Ann Brake, an instructor at Truckee Pilates, who reveals she is “well into her 70s.”

She wanted to help her friends with an anti-slipping and slumping movement. Brake taught her friends Pilates off and on for years, and has been a certified instructor for about a year. She met Joe Pilates “quite some time ago,” and is still impressed by Pilates aficionados’ great stature. Not just good posture, great posture.

“So much focus is on the articulation and stretching of the spine,” said Brake. “If you exercise correctly, you don’t have to shrink.”

Both Brake and a Truckee Pilates client gained a half inch in height. At an age when you see your face and body spiraling down, Brake suggest Pilates as a way to feel good and have a healthy spine. Originally designed as an exercise regime for men in the early 20th Century, Pilates incorporates three points of focus: Awareness, breath and control. Toss in a healthy dose of working the “core” muscles deep in the torso, and you have a recipe for total body awareness for men and women, young and “old.”

In addition to strengthening and lengthening muscles, the awareness is pervasive. “You no longer just mindlessly walking down the street,” said Brake. You are aware of and informed how to walk, drive, and sit with your spine aligned. Eliminating bad posture, improving flexibility, balance and alignment allows your organs to function optimally, reduces stress and brings more oxygen into your body.

“It’s so beneficial, it gives you an alive feeling, and you feel good about your body,” said Brake.

For more information about Pilates, visit truckeepilates.com, call 584-1717 or stop by the studio at 11890 Donner Pass Road.