Pilates is one of the most popular exercise systems in the country.
It seems like everyone is either doing Pilates, or interested in starting a Pilates exercise program. Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, coordination-both muscular and mental, are key components in an effective Pilates program. Posture, balance, and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity spills over into other areas of one’s life.
Pilates exercise can be tailored to the individual, whatever your goals. This means whether you are old or young, pregnant, an elite athlete aiming to improve performance, or someone wanting to be able to take out the trash without back pain, Pilates can help you.
Through Physiotherapy Sacha has used Pilates execises to rehabilitate many conditions. Simple Pilates moves can be practised long before other forms of activity without causing pain. Activating the right muscles and stabilising your core will enable you to have increasing confidence in your ability to move and enjoy life once again.
These can be booked through reception. An initial consultation will be for an hour, this is to allow enough time for your instructor to get to know you and any problems or injuries you wish to address. Here at Active Health our Pilates instructors are also qualified Physiotherapists or Chiropractors so they are best suited for tailoring your exercises to rehabilitate your weakness or injury. By the end of this initial session, you should have a clear understanding of the basic postural comands, and have some been taught some specific exercises for you to practice at home.
Subsequent sessions can be for a half hour, or a full hour depending on your requirements. Each session will evaluate what you have done before, guide you through practice and teach you how to advance exercises you have mastered.
Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, aged 86
“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”