Joseph Pilates developed this movement system originally for Ballet dancers to help them build strength, particularly working on improving the core muscle system. His exercises however were quite challenging and can sometimes place quite a lot of strain on the spine and surrounding muscles. Although all Pilates classes are based on Joseph’s original exercise programme many of the exercises have been adapted in recent years.
I have trained with the British School of Yoga and the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute. The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute was founded by two Australian Physiotherapists. They combined their Physiotherapy knowledge with Pilates exercises and created safe and effective adaptations of the traditional exercises at various levels so that each exercise can be taught in a way that is suitable for everyone.
I offer 1 – 1 and small group classes to my patients and the public within all the clinics that I am based at. Classes are kept small because in my experience people have told me that they have been to large Pilates classes and have been worried that they are not doing the exercises properly and are doing more harm than good to their bodies.
Physiotherapy and Pilates work so well together. My Physiotherapy knowledge helps create safe exercises for my Pilates students and my Pilates knowledge has really helped me improve my exercise prescription as a Physiotherapist.
Before starting my Pilates class you will need to come for an initial assessment where you can tell me about your medical history and I will identify specific areas that require improvement. This is useful for anyone but particularly if you have back pain or specific injuries. I then make sure that in class you understand the exercises and perform them at a level that is suitable for you.
Ultimately it is about applying the principles of Pilates to your everyday life. My Pilates students and patients often express to me that they feel improvements in their posture, a reduction of aches and pains and a lot more in control of their body. There is no competition within my classes I just want you to feel more in control and in tune with your body. It is about allowing the mind and body to work together to create efficient, controlled and flowing movements.
If you would like to discuss how Pilates may be beneficial to you then please feel free to call or email me.