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Pilates : What is pilates

WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a form of exercise that has been around since the early 1900’s. It focuses on challenging the posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing in various positions and with various resistances with an aim to optimise the function of the body as a whole.
Initially created by German born Joseph Pilates as a way to assist in rehabilitation of bed ridden war veterans, it has evolved into the Pilates we see today. Over the years different people from around the world have taken the concept of Pilates and adapted it to suit current trends, knowledge and research. Consequently we now see a number of different variations of the concept available for all to participate in.
At Box Hill Physiotherapy your program could include exercises on the floor, fit ball, reformer and trapeze table as well as incorporate the use of balance boards, foam rollers etc.


WHY SHOULD I DO PILATES?
Recent research supports the retraining of the deep stabilizing muscles for patients with various musculoskeletal problems. Clinical Pilates focuses on the recruitment and retraining of these stabilizing muscles as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility.
Clinically it has been seen that clients that participate in regular clinical Pilates have a more complete recovery and suffer from fewer issues post initial injury
Some common benefits of participating in regular Clinical Pilates include:
• Prevention of injuries
• Assisting rehabilitation
• Improvement in posture and core stability
• Increased muscle strength and flexibility
• Improvement in general balance
• Re-establishment of normal and ideal movement patterns
• Enhanced breathing control
• Increased co-ordination and muscular control
• Improved overall body tone and fitness


CAN I ONLY COME TO CLINICAL PILATES IF I HAVE AN INJURY?
No, Clinical Pilates is suitable for all types of people. It is very commonly used as a rehabilitation tool for back and neck complaints but can also assist people with pain or problems in any area of the body. In addition many people find benefit post pregnancy, or find that improving their core stability improves their performance in their sport or activity of choice, due to improved coordination and control.
Additionally Pilates is becoming more commonly used to assist in treatment of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and even chronic fatigue syndrome.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLINICAL PILATES AND NORMAL/GYM PILATES?
As mentioned above there are a number of different types of Pilates in existence today. At Box Hill Physiotherapy you will participate in what is known as Clinical Pilates.
Clinical Pilates refers to Pilates that is run by a health professional such as a Physiotherapist. Unlike generic Pilates you will have a comprehensive assessment by one of our Pilates trained Physiotherapists to assist in creating an individualised program to suit your needs. This program will be adjusted to suit your capabilities as you progress. Throughout a class each client will run through their own program.
Clinical Pilates aims to ensure that your program is targeted to your body to reduce the risk of any adverse effects.
 

 

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