Courtney Tompkins March 25, 2007Pilates course taught by DMU physical therapist is open to all (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 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.