Clinical Pilates

In its traditional form, Pilates programmes were aimed primarily at the dance population. These days Pilates is the general term used to describe a broad range of ‘core’ exercises.

About Clinical Pilates

“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power”. Joseph Pilates, 1939

Pilates is a system of exercise developed in the 1920s by a German fitness enthusiast Joseph Pilates. In its traditional form, Pilates programmes were aimed primarily at the dance population. These days Pilates is the general term used to describe a broad range of ‘core’ exercises. The aim of classes is ‘core stability’ which is a generic term referring to optimising strength, flexibility and control of the spine and pelvic regions of the body. Optimising function in this region of the body is the foundation for better movement strategies, excellent posture and injury prevention/management.

Pilates exercises are low impact and are performed on a mat or using small equipment (spikey balls, foam roller, magic circle, resistance band etc) or larger equipment (reformer, trapeze table). If performed correctly, you will see improvements in your flexibility, agility, muscle tone, core control and posture.

Pilates is suitable for men and women of all ages and ability levels and research into the management and prevention of low back and neck pain supports the use of pilates exercise.

Why Physiotherapy led Clinical Pilates?

As experts in movement analysis, postural re-education, exercise prescription and spinal care, Chartered Physiotherapists are suitably placed to deliver a high class, evidence-based approach to Pilates instruction. Body Balance Physiotherapists are trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) which allows us to integrate the Pilates principles of movement to provide a service that complements the medical management of many common musculoskeletal disorders.

Our classes are appropriate for a gradual return to exercise following an injury, episodes of low back pain/neck pain or periods of inactivity. Where necessary, our Physiotherapists are able to adapt the class structure for individuals with a history of acute and chronic pain.

Physiotherapy led clinical Pilates is also ideal for the athletic population as a complimentary, low-impact form of exercise to return to sport post injury and to help prevent future injuries.

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