Enhance Your Body and Mind with Pilates
Pilates was first invented in the early 20th century and continues to be a very popular form of exercise. It was developed by Joseph Pilates and continues to grow in popularity due to its many benefits.
Many Chartered Physiotherapists recommend Pilates to their patients due to a number of reasons. In this blog, Lisa one of our Chartered Physiotherapists and Pilates Instructor outlines some of the many benefits that Pilates has to offer…
Pilates For Strength
Many people join our Pilates classes as they wish to increase their “Core Strength”. Core strength refers to the group of muscles that stabilise and control the pelvis and spine, but Pilates works on more muscles than simply these core muscles. As Physiotherapists we know that core muscles need to work together with the other muscle groups in our body to perform all the tasks of daily living and exercises we do each day. Pilates works these “muscle slings” to encourage better strength and control as we move.
Pilates For Flexibility
Our Pilates classes also incorporate many dynamic stretches as we flow through the exercises. We encourage you to move your spine and joints in a gentle way that is not painful! This can lead to reduced muscle stiffness and better overall mobility.
Pilates For Balance
Unfortunately, many things can deteriorate as we age and your ability to Balance is one of them! The good news is that you can train yourself to have better balance. A little bit of balance practice each day can make a big difference. In our Pilates Class we always incorporate balance exercise and by strengthening your core and global muscles this will also improve your ability to remain on your feet!
Pilates For Back Pain
Back pain is very common and for the majority of people there is no serious underlying cause. The benefits of exercise on back pain are well documented and Pilates is particularly suitable for those recovering from an episode of acute back pain or who are trying to improve their chronic back pain. Classes that are led by physiotherapists mean that we can modify the exercises to your ability, progressing you steadily so that you can improve without making your pain worse.
Pilates For Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the density of our bones. It is becoming increasingly prevalent in post menopausal women and can put you at risk of breaking bones more easily and have a negative impact on your posture. It is important when you have a diagnosis of Osteoporosis to continue to exercise in order to improve your muscle strength and balance. Certain forms of exercise are not appropriate but Pilates is a safe form of exercise and many of the classic Pilates exercises can be adapted so that you can perform them safely. If you would like to take up Pilates and have Osteoporosis you should inform your class teacher or start with a 1:1 session with a Physiotherapist so that they can advise you on any exercise modifications.
Pilates For Running (And Other Sports Too!)
Many runners (amateur or professional) incorporate a Pilates session into their weekly training. It is a great way of improving strength and flexibility which is very important when you are running many miles regularly. Improving our muscle power and movement can help prevent injuries such as tendon injuries and back pain. It is not just runners that take up Pilates, cyclists, rugby players and even racing car drivers have incorporated it into their training!
As well as the above benefits Pilates will also improve your body awareness and contributes towards improved posture.
If you would like to find out more or join one of our classes, please get in touch via email or telephone.