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Pilates #01

Pilates

Please note that we do Pilates for individuals specifically tailored to your requirements or medical needs. We do not do the big less personal classes.

Pilates is a form of exercise that if performed regularly re-establishes correct muscle use which can support good posture. This is achieved by identifying which muscles are weak, strong, short, long, etc., and then correcting the muscle imbalances by stretching and relaxing tight short muscles and then strengthening weak long ones. You do not need to have any obvious muscular problems to gain benefits from this form of exercise, you can just do it to increase your strength and fitness as well as improve your posture.

Poor muscle recruitment is likely when muscles are not at their correct length, often resulting in joints being out of alignment. There are many attributing factors for this such as: sedentary lifestyle, sustained positions, workplace conditions, repetitive movements, stress, illness and injuries. Since it is likely that these changes have occurred over a long period of time, this faulty pattern can feel normal. Usually pain is the first sign that there is a problem, although some people have bad posture and no pain.
If you would like to know more about Pilates, give us a call on 01923 828832

What are the benefits of Pilates ?

The benefits are immense and can include:-
* Less incidence of back pain
* Better posture
* Improved flexibility
* Lowered stress levels
* Toned buttocks & thighs
* Toned arms and shoulder area
* A flatter stomach and a trimmer waist
* Fewer headaches ( where they are posture related )
* More efficient respiratory, lymphatic and circulatory system
* No more unevenly worn shoes ( where posture related )
* Greater strength and muscle tone
* Boosted immune system
* Increased bone density
* Greater joint mobility
* Fewer injuries
* Improved performance

Pilates is often recommended by back pain specialists such as osteopaths and chiropractors as well as physiotherapists and coaches from the world of dance and sport.

What to expect

Your first session will include an assessment to ensure that you only perform exercises that you can do safely. If you have been referred by a Specialist Practitioner, e.g. Doctor, Osteopath, etc., we will ask your permission to liaise with them to ensure you get the best possible care.

Next, body awareness is focused on. Most people have very poor sensory awareness. Pilates teaches you how to focus and concentrate while moving, how to release unwanted tension from your body and to relax.

Good breathing technique (called lateral thoracic breathing) into the lower lungs is taught as well as how to find your best possible posture alignment. This will change over time as Pilates corrects your posture. You will learn how to engage your deep stabilising muscles of the lumbar spine (called the transverse abdominis, pelvic floor and multifidus ), how to keep your pelvis stable and the importance of doing so, and good scapulo-humeral rhythm is taught for better shoulder mobility.

As you progress, more movement skills and strengthening techniques are introduced. As we recognise people will progress at different rates you will only ever be asked to perform the level of exercise that you can safely achieve. However, you will be gently encouraged to step out of your comfort zone so that you do not become static in your development. But, we cannot emphasise enough that safety is always paramount.

We have two Pilates instructors, Amanda and Antonia.


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