Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. He was a poorly child, who suffered from Asthma, rickets and Rheumatic fever. He was a determined child/ young adult, and set about getting over his illness by improving his physical strength. He combined yoga, gymnastics, body-building, boxing and self-defence techniques to develop the exercise technique we now recognise as Pilates. Pilates came to believe that “modern” lifestyle, bad posture and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. Hence an efficient breathing pattern forms the basis of practicing effective Pilates.
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.
One-on one Clinical Pilates session with a qualified Physiotherapist: £43 for 45 minutes
Pilates Duet (to share a session of Rehab) £22.50 each- (£45 for a session of 45 minutes)
Pilates Classes- no more than 6 people-£11 per class (or £12 per session for Saturday classes). Classes can be booked online by using the Gymcatch App (Click find fitness and then search fitness providers using action physiotherapy – small case only – to search for classes. You will need to create an account and login to book and pay for the class). Please phone 01908 968430 if you need further help.