What is pilates?
Pilates is a great full body work out which focuses on postural alignment and deep abdominal/core strength.
Pilates is a great practice to activate the muscles that have become relatively inactive or ‘switched off’ from being in a prolonged seated or sedentary position common in the lifestyles of busy office workers. Often injury and pain occur as a result of imbalances in the body - repetition or recurrence of poor postures or uncontrolled movements, or excessive strain and load on tissues that are under-prepared for the task.
Pilates training encourages activation and strengthening of the deep core muscles which helps to protect the spine and prepare the body for movement, thereby preventing injury. By drawing the attention to the posture, movement and breathing patterns required it can also be a relaxing and mind-focusing form of exercise.
Pilates can be a great full body workout and an addition to your exercise routine whether you love participating in sports, Bootcamps, HIIT, CrossFit, running, or yoga. Practicing regular Pilates can help to develop a more mindful, strong, and flexible, enabling you to engage in your favourite activities and daily tasks pain-free.
Pilates for Injuries
Pilates is frequently used to help manage lower back pain, neck pain, and other postural issues. Exercises will improve spinal mobility, flexibility of the lower limbs and strengthen the abdominals and corell important elements for helping and preventing lower back pain. Exercises can be used as part of your rehabilitation alongside physiotherapy and/or as a session on its own.
Pilates and moderate exercise during pregnancy will aim to maintain or reasonably improve your level of fitness. Pilates will help support the body during pregnancy, prepare the body for birth and help recover after birth. Exercises will be modified to be safe and suited for the different stages of pregnancy.
REFORMER PILATES: FOR A STRONG HEALTHY CORE
Those who are not carrying pain or injury may wish to explore the capabilities of your bodies using a specialist equipment known as the Reformer to target specific areas of weakness or inflexibility, in order to improve your performance in other sports, hobbies, or activities of daily life. Research has proven Pilates to be an effective component of a well-rounded exercise program. With its wide and varied repertoire it can be adjusted to suit any body.