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Accelerate Physical Therapy in the limelight Balanced Body, Inc.! 🤩

Thanks for sharing how the pilates method is incorporated into physical therapy at Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates. Read below to see how Laurie currently uses these cutting edge physical therapy techniques to rehab, stay fit and prevent injury.
Nice to cozy up with some physical therapy continuing education to feed my clients the most up to date, evidence based, fitness and movement approaches for preventative health and healing. Excited to share all this knowledge with you!
Definitely getting creative trying to balance on the SUP for the first time. Reaching, exhaling, inhaling and grounding myself on the board. I managed to get one hand up in a plank. Of course, a millions things alignment wise going on in my brain. Loving this as a full body and mind workout. The possibilities....🤔.
My clients revelation of feeling her transverse abdominis ( TrA ) during Physical Therapy sessions. This muscle is your deep abdominal core muscle. This is key for her rehabbing her left peroneal tendintis and returning to her running program pain free. In Pilates and Physical Therapy sessions we work to position the body where I can challenge the TrA to work together with our other supportive muscles in various positions to help build strength.
Weekend Inspiration. 🤩

Repost from from our virtual personal training session Wednesday! You rocked it with your breathing, mobility and gait focused workout. The body doesn’t stop making connections and learning.

Repost from

ABILITY IS...never quitting because of yesterday.

Picture #1 -This is called TABLETOP‼️

Lifting both legs into 90’ & holding them up there ,👊 huge 👊 for my spinal cord injury - I’m independently lifting legs and moving them without using arms! That means hip flexors! That means abs! That means progress! Almost 41 years post injury and I still have improvement 🙌🏼🥳 😍 🙏🏻

Pics 2,3,4,5 I am using breathing techniques to get air into my lungs and get chest rotation. While holding legs in position😝
I think I said that right😳
Thank you ✌🏽🥰
Not every inhale and exhale is the same. I train...

Inhale to
🔸Improve rib mobility for better access to the diaphragm
🔸Decompress the lumbar spine and vertebrae
🔸Improve ventilation and perfusion to posterior mediastinum and posterior lobes of lung
🔸Optimal immune system response and stimulation especially important during COVID times

Exhale to
🔸Feel internal obliques, transverse abdominis and hamstrings activate
🔸To allow ribs to internally rotate and flex for optimal intercostal muscle activation
🔸Expel deoxygenated air for the posterior lobe of the the lung
🔸Stimulate the autonomic nervous system to “rest and digest” and stimulate stress reducing responses throughout the body

For more exercises and tips on how to breathe for better access to the core, an improved immune system response and rehabbing from injury follow me on Instagram. Keep and eye on my ribcage as I inhale! Like gold!!!! 🤩

Working with moms to help them heal and recover from a diastasis recti is very near and dear to my heart. My journey consisted of 2 years of strength training, nutrition, Pilates and self Physical Therapy to get me to a place where I felt confident and strong with my body again. Helping my clients take control of their bodies and find the root cause of their weaknesses has been so gratifying. They have been able to dodge overuse injuries, prevent unnecessary surgical intervention and fine tune their mental and physical strength along the way. I find the root cause of the diastasis recti and tackle that for optimal recovery and performance. This includes evaluating the pelvis, hips, spine, gait, breathing and muscle strength. Just had a baby but not sure if your body is ready to get back into working out? Talk to me, someone who has already had a successful recovery, for a comprehensive postpartum evaluation to get you running, squatting and weight training the right way.
Eye opening interview by New York Times best selling author of “Breath” James Nestor with breathing expert and author of “The Oxygen Advantage” Patrick Mckeown. Listen in for key tips on how to improve breathing to boost the immune system response during COVID-19. How can someone with anxiety or allergies protect themselves during this time? What’s the proper hold time to improve breathing?

Breathing is the most overlooked practice and exercise. There is a right way to use the correct muscles for optimal immune system response.



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KIYD_NRGgcc&feature=youtu.be
Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates Newsletter - Breathing to boost your immune system
https://mailchi.mp/a8a3184bff2d/accelerate-pilates-november-newsletter-8006040

All smiles with my long time Pilates client. A nice reminder of normal times together. Getting ready to help this lady heal her peroneal tendinitis and get back to running ASAP. I’ll be documenting her physical therapy progress so stay tuned.
Happy to do my part to lessen the curve and prevent further spread. My happy hours have been looking like this lately.
TBT to teaching class in studio. Definitely missing my machines and space right now. But, the instruction hasn’t changed one bit. The same muscles that we focused on activating on the Pilates machines are easily cued virtually. I have always thought mat based exercise is more challenging then the machines. My clients are definitely feeling all the right things.

“I loved class Friday. I could really feel my upper thighs, hamstrings and glutes working. And abs, too!”
- Lenora

Hamstrings, glutes and abs! YES! YES! And YES! And if she is in my class, she knows how to breathe efficiently.
My favorite part of the week. When I get to see all of these smiling faces. Love being able to share my knowledge virtually and support them while social distancing. They haven’t missed a beat.

Group pictures during COVID times. 🤣
Just bring a balloon. No mat needed.

Postural Restoration Technique helps rebalance asymmetrical patterning in the body, decompress the spine, address the ROOT cause of pain and find the core muscles you need to boost your performance.

Now Booking!!!

🔹Virtual Physical Therapy Sessions
🔹Postural Restoration Inspired Pilates Mat Classes Friday @ 10 a.m.
🔹Traditional Pilates Flow T and Th at 11 a.m.

Grateful. Now more than ever. Thank you!

An innovative fitness experience that unites the therapeutic science of physical therapy with the ar

A Pilates Quad...Still Connecting Through Motion | The Core 04/09/2021

A Pilates Quad...Still Connecting Through Motion | The Core

Accelerate Physical Therapy in the limelight Balanced Body, Inc.! 🤩

Thanks for sharing how the pilates method is incorporated into physical therapy at Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates. Read below to see how Laurie currently uses these cutting edge physical therapy techniques to rehab, stay fit and prevent injury.

A Pilates Quad...Still Connecting Through Motion | The Core A Pilates Quad...Still Connecting Through Motion | The Core | Laurie Zappulla shares her Pilates and Rehab story with us.

09/20/2020

Nice to cozy up with some physical therapy continuing education to feed my clients the most up to date, evidence based, fitness and movement approaches for preventative health and healing. Excited to share all this knowledge with you!

09/18/2020

Definitely getting creative trying to balance on the SUP for the first time. Reaching, exhaling, inhaling and grounding myself on the board. I managed to get one hand up in a plank. Of course, a millions things alignment wise going on in my brain. Loving this as a full body and mind workout. The possibilities....🤔.

08/25/2020

My clients revelation of feeling her transverse abdominis ( TrA ) during Physical Therapy sessions. This muscle is your deep abdominal core muscle. This is key for her rehabbing her left peroneal tendintis and returning to her running program pain free. In Pilates and Physical Therapy sessions we work to position the body where I can challenge the TrA to work together with our other supportive muscles in various positions to help build strength.

08/21/2020

Weekend Inspiration. 🤩

Repost from from our virtual personal training session Wednesday! You rocked it with your breathing, mobility and gait focused workout. The body doesn’t stop making connections and learning.

Repost from

ABILITY IS...never quitting because of yesterday.

Picture #1 -This is called TABLETOP‼️

Lifting both legs into 90’ & holding them up there ,👊 huge 👊 for my spinal cord injury - I’m independently lifting legs and moving them without using arms! That means hip flexors! That means abs! That means progress! Almost 41 years post injury and I still have improvement 🙌🏼🥳 😍 🙏🏻

Pics 2,3,4,5 I am using breathing techniques to get air into my lungs and get chest rotation. While holding legs in position😝
I think I said that right😳
Thank you ✌🏽🥰

08/20/2020

Not every inhale and exhale is the same. I train...

Inhale to
🔸Improve rib mobility for better access to the diaphragm
🔸Decompress the lumbar spine and vertebrae
🔸Improve ventilation and perfusion to posterior mediastinum and posterior lobes of lung
🔸Optimal immune system response and stimulation especially important during COVID times

Exhale to
🔸Feel internal obliques, transverse abdominis and hamstrings activate
🔸To allow ribs to internally rotate and flex for optimal intercostal muscle activation
🔸Expel deoxygenated air for the posterior lobe of the the lung
🔸Stimulate the autonomic nervous system to “rest and digest” and stimulate stress reducing responses throughout the body

For more exercises and tips on how to breathe for better access to the core, an improved immune system response and rehabbing from injury follow me on Instagram. Keep and eye on my ribcage as I inhale! Like gold!!!! 🤩

08/17/2020

Working with moms to help them heal and recover from a diastasis recti is very near and dear to my heart. My journey consisted of 2 years of strength training, nutrition, Pilates and self Physical Therapy to get me to a place where I felt confident and strong with my body again. Helping my clients take control of their bodies and find the root cause of their weaknesses has been so gratifying. They have been able to dodge overuse injuries, prevent unnecessary surgical intervention and fine tune their mental and physical strength along the way. I find the root cause of the diastasis recti and tackle that for optimal recovery and performance. This includes evaluating the pelvis, hips, spine, gait, breathing and muscle strength. Just had a baby but not sure if your body is ready to get back into working out? Talk to me, someone who has already had a successful recovery, for a comprehensive postpartum evaluation to get you running, squatting and weight training the right way.

Breath | Expert Q&A, No. 3 | Covid-19 & Breathing 07/24/2020

Breath | Expert Q&A, No. 3 | Covid-19 & Breathing

Eye opening interview by New York Times best selling author of “Breath” James Nestor with breathing expert and author of “The Oxygen Advantage” Patrick Mckeown. Listen in for key tips on how to improve breathing to boost the immune system response during COVID-19. How can someone with anxiety or allergies protect themselves during this time? What’s the proper hold time to improve breathing?

Breathing is the most overlooked practice and exercise. There is a right way to use the correct muscles for optimal immune system response.



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KIYD_NRGgcc&feature=youtu.be

Breath | Expert Q&A, No. 3 | Covid-19 & Breathing Patrick McKeown is a world-renowned breathing therapist, best-selling author, and leading authority in the field of breathing for asthma, anxiety, and rhinit...

Timeline photos 07/08/2020

Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates Newsletter - Breathing to boost your immune system
https://mailchi.mp/a8a3184bff2d/accelerate-pilates-november-newsletter-8006040

05/16/2020

All smiles with my long time Pilates client. A nice reminder of normal times together. Getting ready to help this lady heal her peroneal tendinitis and get back to running ASAP. I’ll be documenting her physical therapy progress so stay tuned.

05/15/2020

Happy to do my part to lessen the curve and prevent further spread. My happy hours have been looking like this lately.

05/12/2020

TBT to teaching class in studio. Definitely missing my machines and space right now. But, the instruction hasn’t changed one bit. The same muscles that we focused on activating on the Pilates machines are easily cued virtually. I have always thought mat based exercise is more challenging then the machines. My clients are definitely feeling all the right things.

“I loved class Friday. I could really feel my upper thighs, hamstrings and glutes working. And abs, too!”
- Lenora

Hamstrings, glutes and abs! YES! YES! And YES! And if she is in my class, she knows how to breathe efficiently.

Timeline photos 05/10/2020

Timeline photos

05/08/2020

My favorite part of the week. When I get to see all of these smiling faces. Love being able to share my knowledge virtually and support them while social distancing. They haven’t missed a beat.

Group pictures during COVID times. 🤣

05/08/2020

Just bring a balloon. No mat needed.

Postural Restoration Technique helps rebalance asymmetrical patterning in the body, decompress the spine, address the ROOT cause of pain and find the core muscles you need to boost your performance.

Now Booking!!!

🔹Virtual Physical Therapy Sessions
🔹Postural Restoration Inspired Pilates Mat Classes Friday @ 10 a.m.
🔹Traditional Pilates Flow T and Th at 11 a.m.

Timeline photos 05/06/2020

Grateful. Now more than ever. Thank you!

Timeline photos 05/01/2020

May 2nd is Pilates Day! This is a Virtual event! “Like” my IG or FB page and RSVP to receive your Link.

Photos from Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates's post 03/27/2020

I got my 👀 on you cuing proper posture, alignment and form during Telehealth Physical Therapy and Pilates sessions. Now booking.

Timeline photos 03/25/2020

Accelerate Physical Therapy & Pilates - Quarterly Newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/ffc3c6cc1402/accelerate-pilates-quarterlynewsletter

Timeline photos 03/23/2020

Schedule a Virtual Physical Therapy or Therapeutic Private or Group Pilates session from the comfort of your own home.
https://www.acceleratepilates.com/schedule-a-session

Is Day’s unique balloon therapy finally paying off? 02/18/2020

Is Day’s unique balloon therapy finally paying off?

A lot of golfers have back problems due to issues at the rib cage, thoracic spine and pelvis. Check out how blowing up balloons helps alleviate tightness in the spine that can cause pain and improve core strength at the same time.

Is Day’s unique balloon therapy finally paying off? PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – It’s been roughly a year since Jason Day first discussed the balloon therapy that helps keep his rib cage in place, strengthens his core and loosens his back. That means a year of 30-minute sessions blowing into balloons at the gym while others are pumping iron.

Photos from Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates's post 02/13/2020

Week 5 Total Hip Replacement Surgery ( L hip )

A common issue after a hip replacement is one leg longer than the other. The specialized exercises are targeting some of the muscles that Sue has had a hard time isolating. She is walking better, faster and accelerating her rehab time with the Pilates exercise.

Way to go, Sue!

How Pilates Changed My Feelings About Fitness 01/19/2020

How Pilates Changed My Feelings About Fitness

Check in with yourself. How is your body feeling?

I use Pilates equipment and theory to help people to achieve their goals at a fitness level and a therapeutic level.

What goes on during a typical Pilates session?

Check out this article outlining how Pilates improves posture, alignment and helps build strength throughout life.

https://www.vogue.com/article/how-pilates-changed-my-feelings-about-fitness?fbclid=IwAR1UymJ957sZa5HXxU2DTwRmUrDk8hvQSOV2-zTlM_pRa7xGLtk6qNsJ5Hc

How Pilates Changed My Feelings About Fitness After years as a failing gym member, one Vogue editor finds a better way to workout.

12/31/2019

I am GRATEFUL for all of you for allowing me to be your physical therapist this year.
Accelerate PT & Pilates has blossomed into a place where you can heal, learn and grow.

This is truly YOUR fitness studio.

Thanks for making 2019 an amazing year for me. I have got a lot more to offer you in 2020.

Happy New Year!
Viraj

Photos from Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates's post 12/03/2019

She’s a Pilates Rockstar if I’ve ever seen one!

Everyone knows this dedicated lady! She’s been training her core with me for over 2 years. With bilateral knee replacements, she relies on my Pilates and Physical Therapy technique to help keep her core strong.

She’s feeling her hamstrings, gluteals, obliques and transversus abdominis muscles like no other. We also work on minimizing tension on the shoulders, ankle joints and neck while she kills it on the Reformer.

Focused, targeted and efficient work out. She’s dodging injuries and practicing preventative health at the same time.

We don’t mess around.

12/01/2019

This all day. ❤️

Tis’ the season to make yourself a priority.

11/28/2019
Photos from Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates's post 11/26/2019

I specialize in working with women during pregnancy and healing from a diastasis. After suffering a diastasis during my pregnancy, I know first hand how hard it is to find correct exercises, a good coach and support during this phase.

I was left in the dark. Scared to run. Scared to weight lift.

It took me 2 years of incorporating physical therapy, Pilates, multiple diastasis management continuing education classes, strength training and a solid nutrition program to get my body back.

I am happy to offer up that support to my diastasis clients.

Jenna has worked with me consistently for 2 years on improving her alignment and building her core strength after suffering a diastasis. She is now pregnant with baby number 3 and we are in good shape to take on this pregnancy.

We are balancing the forces surrounding the pelvis, working on breath work and keeping the core strong with a Pilates and Postural Restoration program on the machines.

Photos from Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates's post 11/24/2019

Did you know our bodies are asymmetrical and we are more Right side Dominant?

It is a fact that we carry more weight on the right side of our body than our left. In fact, we have:
▫️3 lobes of lungs on the right, 2 on the left
▫️large, heavy liver on the Right side of our body
▫️our Diaphragm is larger on the R side of our body than our left

This asymmetry affects our respiratory, circulatory and musculoskeletal systems and makes us more right side dominant. How does this affect us in life?

From a muscular standpoint, because of this right side dominance and the way our body is positioned, we underutilize ( inhibit) certain muscles and overutilize ( stimulate) others. This creates compensatory movements patterns on a day to day life such as in walking, sitting, standing and exercising.

Sometimes these compensations can lead to a path to injury.

If we can find better movement patterns we can reduce injury and improve function. Sometimes it’s as easy as learning to breathe better. That’s pretty amazing! That’s using our body more efficiently. My clients can walk, stand, run and exercise with better use of their body and less overall pain. 🤩

Check out pics of my clients creating better positioning within their bodies to gain access to the deep abdominal muscles.

11/23/2019

In class we talk a lot about bringing our bodies to a state of calm prior to starting Pilates exercise. There is a big focus on diagphragmatic breathing, exhaling and specialized technique called Postural Restoration that allows the autonomic nervous system to achieve this relaxed state.
There are many benefits to achieving this state of calm including managing anxiety. This article describes the mental benefits of breathing.

Besides its physical benefits, Pilates is great for mental health, too! Read BASI Grad, Bonnie Zeitner's excellent blog post about how Pilates helps with anxiety: http://bit.ly/pilates-anxiety

PRI Integration for Pilates - Minneapolis, MN - Course in Review 11/22/2019

PRI Integration for Pilates - Minneapolis, MN - Course in Review

What a week!!! I definitely was on my soap box ( sorry if during hundreds) about my favorite core muscle, the diaphragm, all week after such an inspiring weekend in MN. I believe I got all of my clients breathing better, exhaling more efficiently and better connected with their core after balloon🎈 (and straw!) breathing in rehab and Pilates!
I may have accidentally improved some shoulder and hip mobility during classes as well! And got some deep abdominals to really ‘turn on!’ Whoops! Talk about taking that core to the next level. I get excited about those things. 🤷🏽‍♀️
Looking forward to getting you more balanced and performing better in all aspects of life with some specialized Postural Restoration Integration in every class.
See if you can spot me below 👇🏼 Click on the link for some more pictures from the class. I am definitely the PT nerd at the front of the class! 🤓

https://www.posturalrestoration.com/community/post/5694/pri_integration_for_pilates_-_minneapolis-_mn_-_course_in_review?id=5694

PRI Integration for Pilates - Minneapolis, MN - Course in Review We had a huge turn-out in Minneapolis for the Postural Restoration Integration for Pilates course this weekend and attendees had fantastic questions! We spent the morning of Day 1 nailing down breathing mechanics and obtaining the Zone of Apposition and practicing it in lab even before lunch. We fol...

Photos from Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates's post 11/14/2019

Healing from Spine Surgery?

I specialize in finding, isolating and activating the core muscles.

You know that Pilates is good for the ‘core’ but most people especially those who are injured or recovering from surgery, have lost the ability to isolate the muscles needed to stabilize the body. They need to first find those muscles before they can even think about performing Pilates.

Lin is recovering from spine surgery and her doc is very enthusiastic about her returning to her Pilates program. What you can’t see is the work she is doing internally. To a lay person Pilates exercise looks like some bicep curls, shoulder work and leg work. Easy, right?? Not the case.

What you do not see is her trained diagphragmatic breathing which is essential for ✨ efficient ✨ deep core activation.

She has been educated on activating her scapular core and abdominal core and to monitor it during the exercise.

What does this type of precise exercise mean?

Better deep core output
Efficient spinal control in activities of daily living
Better posture
Minimizing the occurrence of future disc displacement
Maintaining optimal vertebral alignment following spinal fusion surgery

This precision is especially important because Lin has Parkinson’s disease which effects the muscles in an entirely different way.

This type of training does not happen over night, or in a week or a month. Lin practices Pilates as Mat, Reformer or gym based exercise 6 days a week. She has been working on her core strength with Pilates with me for close to two years.

And she looks fabulous!!!

Photos from Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates's post 11/14/2019

She told me she wanted to build strength and so I taught her Pilates.

Alie, our PT tech’s first class. Seems like she’s a Pilates natural! 🖤 🖤🖤

11/13/2019

Hot off the press 🔥🔥🔥

Laurie Zappulla, author of ‘You’re Going to Walk’ will be sharing her inspiring story of how she became an incomplete Spinal Cord Injury survivor at the age of 18.
Over the past year she has been invited to speak at TED, colleges and local business about some of the challenges she faces.
She is a talented designer 👇🏼 and Pilates student! I love the awareness that she is raising in Loudoun County with her new gear! ✨ABILITY ✨

She will be at Brambleton Library this
Saturday sharing her story. Please support Laurie with her endeavor!

November 16, 2019
Brambleton Library
2 p.m.

And Yes! You can purchase her new Merch and books there as well!

Photos from Accelerate Physical Therapy and Pilates's post 11/06/2019

Sarah, Leyla and Lauren are working hard on perfecting good form, posture and core control in the Pilates Studio. Giving the Restore Physical Therapy crew a good feel for the precision and technique that goes into each and every exercise when I’m instructing.

They felt the burn! 🔥🔥🔥

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