Pilates is a mental and physical body conditioning programme that integrates: strength, flexibility, core stability, posture, balance and breathing. It was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's and has been recently incorporated into rehabilitation programs for its beneficial effects in the injury recovery process.
Conditions that may benefit from Pilates
Lower back pain
Repetitive muscle strains
Athletes wanting to improve strength and flexibility
Postural pain and dysfunction
Core muscle weakness
Benefits of Pilates
Stronger core muscles
More efficient movement patterns
Better balance and stability
Increased muscular strength
Other conditions may also benefit from clinical pilates.
Clinical pilates involves a combination of pilates based exercises and principles with the medical knowledge and skills of a Physiotherapist. Clinical pilates can be incorporated into a rehabilitation program while recovering from an injury or as part of a strengthening program for patients wanting to improve their level of fitness and core strength.
All sessions are private, one on one, and incorporate a combination of both mat and reformer based exercises specific to a patients injuries or strengthening needs.
Prior to starting a clinical pilates strengthening or rehabilitation program a full body assessment and medical history will be completed to tailor the strengthening program to the unique needs of each patient.
Pilates has many beneficial effects for a wide variety of patients such as improved core strength, more efficient movement patterns, and increased flexibility and strength. Pilates can help patients with: injury recover and rehabilitation, improved athletic performance, faulty movement patterns and individuals wanting to enhance their overall level of health and fitness.
The exercises are progressive and focus on core stability, improving muscle recruitment, postural alignment, breathing and retraining natural movement patterns. Patients learn to focus and concentrate on what their bodies are doing, becoming more aware of how they are moving or not moving properly.
Pilates also teaches patient's how to relax overactive muscles, releasing tension in areas of the body that are working too hard and activating areas that are weak and under developed.
Mat Based Pilates
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A clinic Pilates initial assessment is an hour long appointment. This allows sufficient time for assessment, discussion and a clinical Pilates training session. Follow up appointment times will vary from 30 minute to an hour depending on how complex of a program is required and what the patient's goals and time lines are. This will vary with each patient and will be decided on together after the initial assessment. Homework exercises and handouts will be provided.
Please wear something comfortable that you can easily move in for the assessment and all follow up appointments.
For more information on pilates, please visit: Body Control Pilates