Think Pilates is the latest fad?
Pilates has been around since 1920’s. It’s an exercise method that was developed by, and named after, its founder Joseph Pilates. He was a personal trainer who worked with soldiers returning from the war, as well as with classically trained ballet dancers. Ahead of his time, Joseph Pilates realised that spending long periods sitting was problematic and that by going back to look at the body of a baby, we can start to figure out where things go wrong as we grow. Today, Pilates continues to grow in popularity, with elite athletes and famous names including Andy Murray expressing their love for Pilates and how it has helped them recover from injury.
How does Pilates work?
Pilates is an exercise method, practiced either on a mat, or on equipment such as a reformer. It is based on various key principles to help organise and align your body in it’s most optimal position, preventing overuse of some muscles and joints that can lead to postural issues and injury.
The key principles are;
- Axial elongation and core control
- Spinal articulation
- Organisation of the head, neck and shoulders
- Alignment and weight-bearing of the extremities
- Movement integration
Can anyone do Pilates?
Absolutely. Pilates is for everyone and anyone, all ages, all abilities. There are hundreds of different variations of exercises, so these can be adapted to be as challenging or as easy as possible. I’ve taught children as young as 9 years old, and adults of 80 years old!
Can Pilates help my rehab or an injury I’ve had?
Yes. Pilates exercises are used as part of rehabilitation after injury to target the injured area, as well as addressing alignment or overuse issues which have led to the injury in the first place. In our Treatment Centre, we specialise in Pilates for rehabilitation. We use Pilates exercises to observe how your body moves and highlight any areas of strength or weakness to create a tailored Pilates programme for you. Pilates, led by a Physio is often used in rehabilitation following back surgery, shoulder, hip and knee injuries, and with pre-natal and post-natal individuals.
Will it improve my posture?
Pilates and posture go hand in hand. People often comment that they feel taller after a session! When you recruit the right muscles in your body, loosen the tight areas and strengthen the weak areas, you create better alignment and balance allowing your body to function with less effort.
Once you try it, we promise you’ll love Pilates as much as we do!
We’ll be broadcasting Pilates live soon as part of our REACH programme. So watch this space …