Research published in 2011 defines Pilates as a mind–body exercise that encompasses strength, core stability, flexibility, muscle control, posture and breathing (Wells et al, 2012).
I have been a Physiotherapist now for 8 years, teaching Pilates for 2 years and playing National level hockey. Below are some of my favourite parts of Pilates classes, both teaching and participating in them weekly.
– The calmness that it brings to your body and breathing
– The control you need to gain to improve and seeing the improvements
– How much you begin to understand your body, its immobility, weaknesses and strengths
– The challenge to move in ways you didn’t realise were possible
– How daily life, postures, trainings, stressors can affect how we move
– The balance it brings each day by taking time to be mindful and calm before returning to reality
– Feeling my tummy and bum muscles working!!
Pilates is indicated in both healthy and the injured population if done correctly. I emphasise the point ‘if done correctly’ to encourage you to join our Pilates classes as they are run by qualified senior physiotherapists and limited to under 10 participants for the quality individualised feedback.
In healthy, un-injured individuals Pilates is proven to increase flexibility, dynamic balance and muscular endurance (Cruz-Ferreira et al 2011), all of which is important to prevent injury and a good addition to any recreational or competitive athlete.
Physiotherapy literature suggests that weakened muscles may be responsible for reduced stability of the spine and therefore the beginnings of low back pain. The Pilates practice aims to strengthen these and is therefore recommended by us at Avenues Physio Fitness as part of an effective treatment for low back pain.
Before coming along to your first class pop in to meet the team and register. If you have an existing or injury or the Pilates terminology is new to you a one on one session is recommended prior to the class.
Check out our wide range of classes and timetable link below
Cherie Wells, Gregory S.Kolt & Andrea Bialocerkowski (2012); Defining Pilates exercise: A systematic review; Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 20 (4)
Ana Cruz-Ferreira, Jorge Fernandes, Luis Laranjo, Lisa M. Bernardo, António Silva (2011). A Systematic Review of the Effects of Pilates Method of Exercise in Healthy People; American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. 92.