PILATES

“In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 you'll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body.”

Joe Pilates

Pilates can help with:

 

  • Lower back pain

  • Mid back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Pelvic girdle pain

  • Improve posture

  • Improve core stability

  • Improve flexibility

  • Improve breathing

  • Improve body awareness

  • Prevent injury

Poolside Meditation
Pilates Exercise

Joseph Pilates originally developed exercises for bed-bound patients in hospital during the first world war. Patients that performed the exercises recovered quicker than those that did not. As a result, Joseph Pilates started to increase the resistance of the exercises by using old bedsprings and doctors started endorsing this early form of rehab. 

After the war Joe Pilates continued to develop his knowledge of exercise and moved to America where he set up ‘The Pilates Studio’ on 8th Avenue and worked closely with ballerinas from the New York Ballet. He trained his students in mobility, core stability, stretching and resistance exercises. After his passing in 1967 his previous students continued to spread the pilates movement, modifying, developing and progressing the exercises to what we have today which is practiced by millions. 

The underpinning essence of pilates is to control the movement at slow speed as Joe Pilates believed that if you could not control at a slow speed then you could not expect to control it at higher speeds. Pilates exercises are designed to challenge your neuromuscular control by either varying the load (via bands, springs or lever lengths) or by varying the range at which muscles are challenged in. 

In our backs we have local stabiliser muscles which offload the spine and help stabilise it prior to moving. In people with lower back pain there is reduced proprioception and inhibition of these local stabilisers, this is not automatically recovered when pain eases and is something that pilates helps address. Pilates has been shown to reduce the recurrence of lower back pain as well as its’ intensity in the short, medium and long term.

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Side Plank