Professional Stott Pilates Studio in Berkley, Michigan

Our Story

 

Reforming Foundations began in 2009 when owner Brooke Goodwin and her husband Aaron, began practicing Pilates as a gentle, safe way for Aaron to rebuild his strength and vital energy after finishing cancer treatment for Lymphoma. Together they fell in love with Pilates. 

Brooke was impressed with the rehabilitative effects of Pilates both for her husband surviving cancer and for herself after a shoulder surgery.  She decided to take the Stott Pilates training program at Equilibrium Pilates Studio in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She focused training on the Rehabilitation Track to help restore function and strength through mindful movement.

A combination of Pilates and lifestyle changes helped Aaron and Brooke regain amazing health. After personally experiencing what Stott Pilates did for her own spine, posture, and body, she decided to share her knowledge and experience to help other people. 

 

FAQ

 
 

WHAT IS STOTT PILATES?

In the 1930’s, Joseph Pilates pioneered his namesake discipline on the Mat and on various equipment which he invented to strengthen the center, lengthen the spine, increase body awareness, build muscle tone and gain flexibility. The Pilates technique develops strong abdominal & postural muscles to support the skeletal system and act as the “powerhouse” of the body. Pilates develops a strong center which helps alleviate back pain, prevents injury, & improves performance in all aspects of life.

STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and re-balance the muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilization, and integration of all the parts of the body into one. As well, preparatory exercises and modifications allow the technique to be appropriate for many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to sport-specific training and everyday life.


DO MEN DO PILATES?

Absolutely! Many male professional athletes incorporate Pilates into their cross training and athletic conditioning. Pilates helps with overall balance and control, making it a perfect compliment to running, soccer, golf, baseball, basketball, skiing, and football. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown does Pilates because it helps his body, core, and muscles stay strong and as flexible as can be for the rough and long football season. LeBron James, Jason Kidd, and Tiger Woods all swear by Pilates. 

“We learned the more flexible you are, the faster you're going to be," - Calvin Johnson

"What most guys are doing now, they're using it as a preventative measure, so it's almost like 'prehab' in a sense. Most guys, especially if you've been in the league for a while, your off day is a subtle work day. You're doing some type of work to keep your body as loose and limber as possible. - Nate Burleson


IS PILATES GOOD FOR INJURY REHAB?

A Pilates regimen is an excellent way to rehabilitate injuries and conditions like chronic back and neck pain, disc dysfunction, knee injuries and instability, hip pain and replacements, ankle instability, shoulder impingement and pain, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, SI joint problems, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and repetitive strain injuries. 

Pilates is a gentle corrective exercise regime which balances muscle groups by strengthening weakness, lengthening tightness, and bringing proper range of motion to the joints while stabilizing the core. Pilates machines are engineered to work the body safely in proper alignment with low resistance and low impact, which is the ultimate rehabilitation environment. 

Our Rehabilitation Instructors have specialized training and understand how to create an appropriate routine for people with injuries and chronic conditions. 

OUR CLASSES

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This studio, equipment, instructors, and owner are absolutely incredible. It’s training for the body and the soul.
— Mirelle