Pilates is a full mind-body exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century using both spring based equipment and mat exercises. But Pilates is about more than just exercise. Pilates is a highly adaptable form of movement therapy that can be tailored to each individual and their own needs or goals.
The many benefits of pilates include;
Improving core strength and stability
Addressing and improving postural imbalances and alignment
Improving overall strength and proprioceptive awareness
Improving range of motion
Improving breath awareness
“Change happens through movement and movement heals.”
– Joseph Pilates
What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise that combines traditional Pilates principles with contemporary exercise science and rehabilitation techniques. It focuses on correct posture, core stability, balanced muscle development, mind-body awareness, strength, flexibility and breathing. Pilates can be performed on a mat or reformer and may use a variety of equipment such as balls and resistance bands to change the exercise intensity.
Some benefits of Clinical Pilates include:
- Improved posture and alignment: Clinical Pilates emphasizes proper form and posture, which can help improve overall body alignment and reduce pain and discomfort associated with poor posture.
- Increased core stability and strength: Clinical Pilates focuses on strengthening the deep abdominal and spinal muscles, which can help improve overall stability, balance and support the spine.
- Reduced pain and injury risk: Clinical Pilates can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with conditions such as back pain, arthritis, and other joint problems, and reduce the risk of injury by improving flexibility and strength.
- Improved mobility and flexibility: Clinical Pilates can help increase flexibility, range of motion and improve functional movement patterns, making daily activities easier and less painful.
- Better mind-body connection: Clinical Pilates incorporates elements of mindfulness and controlled breathing, promoting a stronger mind-body connection, and reducing stress and anxiety.
Clinical Pilates or Physio Pilates is taught by our qualified Physiotherapist who has undergone training on the human body and specializes in injury management and prevention. Exercises will be tailored to your specific needs, monitoring your technique, providing hands-on cuing, and modifying your progress.
Experience is not needed and YES, anyone can do it! Overall, Clinical Pilates can be a safe and effective form of exercise for individuals of all ages, seeking to improve their overall physical health, alleviate pain and injury, and enhance their quality of life.
What to Expect?
At your first appointment, expect a comprehensive assessment that includes:
- A thorough medical history
- A detailed examination appropriate to your concern
- Assessment of contributing factors, such as posture and alignment
- Discussion of the findings
- Creation of goals or objectives to evaluate your progress
- A treatment plan
- Home exercise program
At your follow-up appointments, expect a brief reassessment of your issues followed by an active, hands-on Clinical Pilates session with a focus on one of more of the following
- Posture and alignment
- Muscle re-education
- Coordination of muscle activation
- Muscle length and balance
For clinical pilates (one on one) with our physiotherapist Marlene Holder click here
For private one on one pilates with our RMT Jennifer Ingram click here
For semi private pilates (2 person) with Jen Ingram click here
For group pilates (4 person) with Jen Ingram click here