Have you heard about our new mat Pilates class?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2020 in Meet Your Therapist, Workshop

Bodywork, at Psoas, is about more than manual therapy and massage. That’s why our therapists draw on cross-disciplinary training to provide Psoas clients with a more comprehensive approach. We know you may not be familiar with every therapist at the clinic, so this month we want to share about the cross-disciplinary work of Derek Lozupone.

Derek is a massage therapist and Pilates trainer, who specializes in incorporating Pilates techniques into his bodywork and treatment plans. Clients can see Derek for sessions that combine sports massage and Pilates instruction, or choose to focus on one of the two. In all his practices, Derek draws on his philosophy that fitness is a balance between strength, mobility, and endurance. He loves to work with athletes, examining where training routines aren’t fully addressing their needs, and tailoring his massage and Pilates sessions to fill those gaps. Want to learn more about Derek and his approach? Derek will be teaching a monthly mat Pilates class starting in March. To register, click here. To Check out the Q&A below, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


An Interview with Derek

Q: How does Pilates fit into your philosophy of fitness?

I value that Pilates is so easy to modify and tailor to whatever you’re missing in your training program. It starts with building core strength, but from there it can be taken in any direction you need. I was fortunate that all my tennis and swimming coaches growing up used Pilates in our training programs. It gave me a foundation on which I could build my strength, mobility, and endurance, and I try to give my clients that same foundation.

Q: Tell us a little about what kinds of issues you see among athletes that call for a cross-disciplinary approach, using Pilates and manual therapy. Can you give an example of what you see?

Sometimes athletes become so focused on their sport that they end up only moving their body in one way, limiting their range of motion in certain directions. For example, runners and cyclists are almost exclusively working in the forward plane of motion and can lose range in rotation and lateral movements. With these types of clients, I often integrate Pilates into my tissue work treatment plans. This helps keep the client’s body strong and mobile in all those different planes, something that may be missing in their normal routine.

Q: As you start working with clients on these kinds of issues, what does effective treatment look like?

I rely on massage therapy to help bring length to muscle tissue that’s become tightened and restricted. This manual work is critical in preparing the body to build a stronger foundation. Then, with Pilates, I focus on bringing strength to underdeveloped musculature. I teach these tools to my clients so they can continue the work we start on the table, and practice between our massage appointments.

Q: You work with many clients — not just athletes. How do you integrate Pilates with clients in other demographics?

What I love about Pilates is that there are appropriate and effective options for any fitness level, and for any injury the body is facing. As the body heals, the exercises can grow in difficulty. For example, Pilates was an integral part of my own recovery from a low back injury in 2012.

Q: What’s your favorite part of it all?

I love the rich history of Pilates, how it’s grown and changed as our understanding of the body has evolved. But what really keeps me passionate about the work is seeing a client perform an exercise they didn’t think they could do! It’s a profoundly successful feeling.