Physio Pilates

"The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power". Joseph Pilates, 1939

What is Pilates?     
Pilates is a system of exercise developed in the 1920s by a German fitness enthusiast Joseph Pilates. In its traditional form Pilates programmes were aimed primarily at the dance population. The emphasias in this traditional form were on stretching, 'end of range' movements, low repetition and moderate to high loading of the spine. It wasn't until the early 90's that Pilates as a system of exercise started to make a resurgence when links were suggested that it may fit in the wave of spinal research that was coming from Australia at the time.
These days Pilates is the general term used to descirbe a broad range of 'core' exercises. The aim of classes is 'core stability' which is a generic term refering to optimising strength, flexibility and control of the spine and pelvic regions of the body. Optimising function in this region of the body is the foundation for better movement strategies, excellent posture and injury prevention/management.
Pilates is all about elongating your body, thus improving posture and efficiency of movement. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a balance in your body. Pilates exercises are low impact and are performed on a mat or using small equipment (spikey balls, foam roller, magic circle, resistance band etc) or larger equipment (reformer, trapeze table). If performed correctly, you will see improvements in your flexibility, agility, muscle tone, core control and posture. Pilates is suitable for men and women of all ages and ability levels.

Why Physiotherapy led Pilates?
As experts in movement analysis, postural re-education, exercise perscription and spinal care, Chartered Physiotherapists are suitably placed to deliver a high class, evidence based approach to Pilates instruction. At Blackpool Physiotherapy Clinic we integrate our Physiotherapy knowledge with the Pilates principles of movement to provide a service that complements the medical management of many common musculoskeletal disorders. All of our Pilates classes are led only by Chartered Physiotherapists who are skilled at identifying optimal movement patterns and modifying exercises on the needs of an individual.These classes are therefore appropriate for a gradual return to exercise following an injury, episode of low back pain or period of inactivity, as well as being an ideal form of exercise both pre and post-natally. Where necessary, our Physiotherapists are able to adapt the class structure for individuals with a history of pain or pathology. Physiotherapy led Pilates is also ideal for the athletic population as a low impact cross-training option and to help prevent injuries.
Our focus is on precise, controlled movements with the emphasis on quality and form rather than the number of repetitions.  Regular sessions will develop your concentration and focus, thereby enabling you to get the full mind-body benefits that Pilates can provide.
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