Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900′s. The use of pilates equipment allows for exercises to be tailored to the individual and provides assistance or resistance. At Back In Action we offer equipment pilates. This is suitable for for young and old, those who are fit and healthy and those who are injured and in a rehabilitative or strengthening phase.
For some years now Physiotherapists have been utilising clinical pilates to prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Clinical pilates is a system of exercises that integrates the traditional pilates method with modern research into musculoskeletal dysfunction.
What is Pilates?
Every person’s biomechanics and movement patterning are all slightly different. All sports, work and day-to-day activities require different skills and muscle activation. When it comes to injury prevention and skill development every persons needs are slightly different.
At Back In Action we offer a combination of traditional pilates and clinical pilates. The latter is often the term used to describe individual or small group Pilates instructed by a physiotherapist.
Benefits of Pilates:
- Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk
- Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core
- Engage the mind and enhance body awareness
- Efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury
- Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy
- Restore postural alignment
- Create a stronger, more flexible spine
- Promote recovery from strain or injury
- Increase joint range of motion
- Improve circulation
- Heighten neuromuscular coordination
- Offer relief from back pain and joint stress
- Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury
- Enhance mobility, agility and stamina
- Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity
- Improve the way your body looks and feels!
How does pilates exercises work?
With pilates you train the core muscles around your spine. The focus of our pilates classes is on the individual. Our physiotherapists and pilates instructors we will make sure that you are maintaining the best technique possible so that you can recover from your injury or achieve your goals as soon as possible. Pilates exercises are aimed at the appropriate level for you and your needs and are progressed when possible and tolerated.
Before you begin...
Prior to joining one of our equipment classes we require you to come in for a pre-assessment. This is a complementary 30min consultation with a physiotherapist and is used to identify your specific needs to tailor a pilates exercise program accordingly.