What is Pilates
Pilates was created by a German man by the name of Joseph
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
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
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 follow the method of the Australian Pilates and
(APPI), industry leaders in clinical Pilates.?This means that you get all the benefits of
classical Pilates - increased core stability, better posture, greater flexibility - but safe
in the knowledge that an APPI-trained Physiotherapist will be supervising every single
session, pushing you appropriately, but with an evidence-based approach.