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Pilates

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As well as weekly Community based Pilates classes, I also offer one to one, or pairs sessions which can be great for really focusing in on, and addressing individual issues and weaknesses

I find that generally there is a lot of confusion around what Pilates actually is, what is involved, and who is might be suitable for. So I have put together some Frequently asked questions below!

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a uniquely precise and intelligent approach to exercise and body-conditioning, which gives you a stonger, suppler, more mobile body and a calmer, more relaxed mind.

 

It takes its name from Joseph Pilates, who devised it in the early part of the last century, as a way to help rehabilitate injured soldiers, and dancers.

Pilates has now been discovered by a wider public – from those who want a stronger back or flatter stomach to those with specific injuries or medical problems that Pilates can help, or simply those who want to get fit or de-stress.

Pilates is a gentle, non-aerobic exercise method, which lengthens and strengthens the muscles, and improves posture, without stressing the joints or the heart. Indeed, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors often recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available.

But what does it actually do?

Where some forms of exercise build the body’s stronger muscles, Pilates exercises work as much or more to strengthen the weaker ones too. The result is a properly balanced body, with better joint mobility, a firm musculature and good, natural posture. Pilates helps you achieve such posture by strengthening the whole body, but particularly the centre (core) of the body so that it supports your lower back, helping you to stand straight and hold your upper body correctly.

What are some of the benefits of Pilates?

 

  • A stronger, healthier back

  • A more toned, mobile and flexible body

  • A better balance between strength and suppleness

  • Better posture

  • A straighter spine

  • A taller gait

  • Easier, fuller movement

  • Better coordination

  • Greater body awareness

  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation

  • Gain without pain

  • Relief from stress

  • General fitness

  • A sense of calm and well-being

Who can benefit from Pilates?

Everyone and anyone!

Pilates is still popular with dancers, gymnasts and athletes but it is equally suitable for most men and women, from nine to 90, and beyond. 

 

Pilates is particularly suitable for…

  • The middle-aged and elderly

  • The desk-bound and inactive

  • The pregnant and post-natal

  • Those needing pre- and post-operation strengthening

  • Those referred by their doctor, physio, osteopath, chiropractor or other practitioner

And for those who suffer…

  • Back pain, back-ache and other back problems

  • Scoliosis/curvature of the spine

  • Poor posture and rounded shoulders

  • Neck and shoulder pains or problems

  • Stiffness, joint pains and muscle pains, whether caused by arthritis/ osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia or other things

  • Injuries: sports injuries and others

  • RSI

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Whiplash

  • Stress

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