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What is Pilates


Pilates was created by a German man by the name of Joseph Pilates. He believed that injuries were caused by imbalances in the body and habitual patterns of movement and as such devised a series of exercises in the early twentieth century with the aim of correcting these faults. His approach was one of a mind-body centring technique and exercises that incorporated strength, mobility and stretching and that focussed on a central core of stability in the lumbo-pelvic region.

Fast-forwarding to the present day Pilates is taught in two categories, matwork and machine-based work. Matwork is a combination of the original 34 exercises developed by Joseph Pilates many years ago. His theories have stood the test of time and scrutiny, and in the present day a large part of the Physiotherapeutic approach is devoted to correcting muscle imbalances in the low back and other joints throughout the body. As such, Pilates holds huge potential when used as a functional and dynamic treatment tool.

How does it work?

In Pilates your "centre" is your powerhouse, enabling you to move parts of the body while maintaining a rock solid base of support for your back and pelvis. Pilates exercises primarily facilitate core stability and then challenge this through various arm and leg movements, thus developing an efficient powerhouse. The Powerhouse is an internal muscular corset comprised of Transversus Abdominis, Multifidus and the Pelvic Floor muscles. Together, these postural muscles support the spine, pelvis and local organs and are designed to work at a low level throughout the day providing continuous support. Studies have shown that these muscles work more efficiently with the pelvis and low back in a neutral position, hence why Pilates teaches you to find this ideal alignment.

Pilates at The Physio Practice:

Our Pilates classes use a variety of methods from APPI, Stott and Polestar giving you the full spectrum of the Pilates experience. This means that you get all the benefits of classical Pilates - increased core stability, better posture, greater flexibility - but safe in the knowledge that you are being lead by a professional instructor with years of experience.

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