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Bucks County Pilates On The Go Makes The Method Accessible To All

By S. Mathur

Sarah Ciliberto thinks that Pilates club is the new book club: getting a group of friends or neighbors together once or twice a week for class, in the comfort of your home, or a friend or neighbor's home. It's a workout for the body more than the mind, but also an occasion to bring people together. This was the inspiration for Bucks County Pilates On The Go. In home sessions are also great for post-natal mothers who can't get out, and for Mommy and Me groups. With a minimum number of sign-ups, the host gets the class on the house.

Ciliberto discovered Pilates after she suffered an injury that required physical therapy to heal.

"I realized that I could work out while rehabbing the injured shoulder and prevent future injuries by working my body as it was intended to be used,"she said.

She fell in love with the method and earned her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Intergration at Kinected in New York City. She has been teaching Pilates since 2010 and founded Bucks County Pilates On The Go in 2016 in Doyleston, PA. She grew up in the area and is excited to return.

"Having been born and raised in Bucks County I know that Doylestown is an amazing place, so I converted a new space," she said. "Well, it's new to me but was built in 1940, lots of history. I hope that it provides a relaxing and fun atmosphere for my clients. I also do 'Pilates parties' in home instruction, patio and poolside pilates as well which is always fun."

Instruction in private, duet and triplet sessions is offers at the Doylestown location. Props like Reformer and springboards are used to keep sessions varied and interesting. The teaching style is very hands-on. The classes are recommended by local physical therapists, chiropractors and massage therapists.

"I help clients move with function and purpose in proper alignment and in a fun atmosphere," Ciliberto said. "I give personalized attention. My packages help clients to see results."

The Pilates method was developed in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates. It consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements, and emphasizes use of the abdominals, lower back, hips and thighs. While Pilates is popular with serious athletes and professional dancers, anyone can benefit from this approach to strength training.

The health benefits of Pilates include improved core strength, posture and balance, greater flexibility and prevention and treatment of back pain. Sessions can be customized for clients to address issues like age-related arthritis and osteoporosis. Clients see improvement in chronic problem areas like the lower back, knees, and shoulders, and they invariably enjoy Ciliberto's fun and challenging style.

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