Pilates is a conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine, to improve overall central core stability and posture. Clinical Pilates is a series of mat-based exercises, especially-adapted to treat a variety of injuries, and prevent further strain on joints and structures. If appropriate, rollers, resistive bands and gym balls are used.
Clinical Pilates can help you get over an injury, before you feel confident and ready to go into a larger group class. It progresses from static stabilisation, to dynamic, training your local and then your global system. It is vital to first control your neutral zone stability, before moving on to end-of-range flexibility. Scientific, evidence-based exercises are used wherever possible.
Clinical Pilates is also a diagnostic and rehabilitation tool for performance enhancement. It isolates if one side of your body is weaker or more poorly aligned- making this then an area to strengthen and stabilise, and determines which exercises you should specifically concentrate on.