Pilates course taught by DMU physical therapist is open to all

March 25, 2007 —

(Des Moines, IA) – Does the swimsuit season loom ominously? Do you need to stretch your muscles before hitting the trails on foot or bike? The upcoming Pilates course at Des Moines University (DMU) can help get you ready.
Kari Smith, D.P.T., is a trained Pilates instructor and physical therapist at DMU. She will teach three 12-week Pilates classes, beginning in April, that focus on strengthening the abdominals, spinal muscles, pelvic floor and diaphragm. These classes are open to men and women of all ages and any skill level.
“Pilates suits all ages and stages because it is non-impact, non-aerobic and enhances the mind and body connection,” Smith explained. “By focusing on correct movement patterns, core stabilization and postural correction, it strengthens the abdominal and back muscles for people with poor posture, arthritis, sports injuries or back pain.”
The classes will include plenty of repetition to improve participants’ movement abilities, as well as variations geared for differing skill levels. Class sizes are small so each participant gets personal feedback from Smith about correct movement patterns.
“The Pilates method is great for the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. In order to prevent reoccurrence of back pain, it is essential to retrain the deep abdominal and spinal muscles along with the pelvic floor and diaphragm,” Smith added.
The classes will be in Des Moines University’s state-of-the-art wellness center at 3300 Grand Avenue. Each twelve-week session costs $100, or $50 for Des Moines University alumni, faculty, staff and students. To register, visit www.dmu.edu/RSVP/Pilates/. For more information about registering, contact Kari Smith at 271.1717.


Available classes:
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., April 10 – June 26
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m., April 10 – June 26
Thursdays, 12:50 – 1:35 p.m., April 12 – June 28


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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