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What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. Pilates immigrated to the USA in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York where he taught his method, which he called "contrology" – for several decades.

Pilates aims to strengthen and rebalance the body, with particular emphasis on core strength, to improve general fitness and mental wellbeing. It is complementary to, and enhances, your other physical activites.

Pilates exercises are done on a mat (sometimes with balls, rings or weights) or using special equipment, such as the reformer. The reformer, with its system of pulleys and springs, can provide either resistance or support, depending on your individual needs.

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes.

Practitioners say regular pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes, including dancers, pilates can complement training by developing whole-body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury.
The areformer can be used to provide support for beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as resistance for people looking to challenge their body.

Can Pilates help back pain?

There's some evidence that pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain. The use of apparatus enables someone with back pain to perform exercises with support.

For the exercises to be effective, they need to be tailored to the individual and vetted by an appropriately qualified health professional.

My particular approach to Pilates.

I have worked as an Osteopath for over 25 years and I find it very effective to use a combination of Osteopathy and Pilates in order to help my patients maintain and enjoy a healthy active lifestyle.

Often a patient's first call will be to the clinic, where we can investigate and release muscle and soft tissue tensions that are restricting free flowing movement and causing pain.  However I often see that these muscle and joint restrictions are due to poor movement patterns or a weak core and so continuing with a course of Pilates enables me to work over a longer time period to help the client re-train those patterns.

In my Pilates classes, I use a mixture of the original classical exercises as taught by Joseph Pilates, and include small equipment, such as soft balls, magic circles and weights to enhance the exercises and give variety. The long roller is also included to assist with myofascial release as well as plenty of stretches. (The roller assists with massaging out those tight knots!) 

Please note that due to new covid-19 regulations, all clients are required to use their own equipment and make sure it is kept clean and disinfected. 

The numbers attending classes is closely monitored and therefore all clients must use the booking system.

New Clients are requested to email me to book a telephone consultation before starting any class. They must also complete the pre-course questionaire.

 

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