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 “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body”

Joseph Pilates

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PILATES

Do you have lower back pain? Perhaps you have rounded shoulders and neck pain or you want to look more upright? Do you feel stiff and tired? Maybe you want to improve your balance, strength and flexibility? Or increase physical performance?

After my injury Pilates was the one form of exercise I could do, that made me feel strong and supple without the frustrations of pain. It targets and strengthens the deep postural muscles which helps to re-align bad postural habits and encourages correct alignment of the entire body.

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The controlled movements are perfect for building strength, stamina and flexibility creating longer leaner muscles and above all balance within the body. Balance is not just the balance between the mind, body and spirit but also within the movement for the body. All muscle groups should be addressed and trained appropriately and in all planes of movement, rather than excessively over training one area. Pilates is perfect for all levels of fitness. It is not only brilliant as a low impact rehabilitation program for anyone with injuries or post-surgery, it is also excellent for those who want to support specific training regime i.e. athletes, dancers, football players etc. Plus benefits anyone starting or wanting to change to a new exercise program.

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PILATES STUDIO EQUIPMENT – Reformer and Cadillac/Tower

The equipment gives a little added edge to movement. They are resistance based which focuses on both resistance-based strengthening and mobilisation, this increases feedback for the client and enables them to feel where they are in space. Finding neutral and correct alignment should feel much easier. The varying load from the springs (which creates the resistance or lack of resistance) enables the teacher to challenge the exercise and therefore challenge the clients mobility or stability dependant on the objective and the clients specific wants and needs.

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It is often used by physios in a rehab setting; however, the reformer can also be used as a PT fitness-style resistance training programme. This highlights the diversity of the use of the studio equipment. Not only can the classes be low impact therefore reducing the risk of injuries, used to rehab pain and musculoskeletal injuries and a perfect recovery exercise for sports people but also a fun, unique and challenging workout for fitness enthusiasts. A hugely inclusive form of exercise, open to a wide range of person and fitness abilities.

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‘Pilates is a mind-body system’ created by Joseph Pilates. The importance mainly being on the set of 6 principles behind the movement rather than the movement itself;

ALIGNMENT – Pilates brings an awareness to correct alignment and more specifically correct alignment to that particular individual (all bodies are different shapes and sizes) Being in better alignment means the muscles and fascia can engage more effectively and the bones can move more efficiently. This helps diminish undue load and forces through the tissue, reducing tension build up and aches and pains.

BREATHING – Similarly, like yoga there is an importance on breathing. It can energise us and help deeply focus the mind. In Pilates however, there is also a focus on when to breath in and breath out during the exercise which helps to assist the movement and stabilise the body.

CONCENTRATION – concentration allows you to get the most out of your body and the way it moves. Understanding when you need to move and which body part needs to move to enable precision.

CENTRING – a focus on moving from your ‘centre’ your pelvis and abdominal region. Recruited correctly this is an area of strength and you’re centre of gravity. When you are feeling strong and centred your movement should be smooth and controlled.

CONTROL – control is the utilisation of all the above. The goal is to make the movement look smooth and effortless. This comes with practice and enabling the repertoire to become part of your body.

FLOW – Most of our dysfunction comes from our bodies over time, developing poor movement patterning. Flow is the connection of one movement into the next. Good muscle recruitment, muscle memory and proprioception are a sign of flowing movement. Pilates helps re-establish good muscle recruitment plus build proprioception and therefore creates improved movement patterning.

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