What is Physio Pilates?
We see Pilates as a continuation of your Physiotherapy Treatment. Pilates is a body conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques and is ideal to help recovery following an injury, post surgery or rehabilitation for a sports event. Targeting your essential deep postural muscles, Physio Pilates works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing your body and bringing it into correct alignment. It will help to reshape your body, which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It will also improve your posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility, and it is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and muscle tension. It’s slow and controlled approach gives much longer term results – and it is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems.
Background of Pilates
The Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates, who was born in Germany. As a keen sportsman he developed talents in sports as varied as diving, gymnastics and boxing. He studied many different disciplines and drawing from each of them he formulated a system that worked for his own body – this became known as the Pilates method. After moving to New York in the 1920’s his studio soon attracted the city’s elite with actors, dancers and athletes finding that his exercises both perfected and complemented their traditional programme and catered for their individual needs – rebuilding strength and balancing that strength with flexibility. Which is why we prescribe Physio Pilates.
Why Physio Pilates?
In order for someone to work safely and effectively and to gain the full benefits of Physio Pilates the exercises are adapted from the ‘classical’ exercises as many of these exercises are often not suitable for the average person and the average body.
Before joining a group session you will need to attend a 1-1 assessment with the APPI qualified Physiotherapist who will run the classes to give you the opportunity to learn the basic techniques and principles of Physio Pilates. We believe that you will benefit more from your classes by having an introduction session, it also enables us to understand how your body moves bringing awareness to any particular needs or modifications that may be needed in a class.