WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on building the strength and endurance of our deep core muscles. As a stable base is developed Pilates also works to improve the co-ordination and efficiency of our outer strength muscles.
It was originally developed in the 1920’s by Joseph Pilates and traditionally uses mat-based exercises, as well as specialised equipment, to improve alignment, posture, strength, flexibility and co-ordination.
HOW DOES PHYSIOTHERAPY COMBINE WITH PILATES?
Current physiotherapy research into exercise and rehabilitation has further developed traditional Pilates exercises. Clinical Pilates has been found to reduce pain and recurrence in low back and spinal pain.
Physiotherapists at our centre are specialised in assessing and developing Pilates-based exercise regimes that are tailored to the exact needs of the individual. They combine ideas from current physiotherapy research and that of traditional Pilates to ensure the exercises are safe, efficient and effective. This makes Pilates at our centre ideal for rehabilitation after injury and for injury prevention and general strength and co-ordination.
WHO IS SUITED TO PILATES?
Pilates specifically focuses on improving postural endurance, stability, alignment and co-ordination. Hence it can provide benefits for those with injuries associated with instability and weakness, including low back and hip pain, thoracic and neck complaints. Pilates can also address the underlying causes of postural pains. As the programs are tailored they can be developed to suit people of any age or fitness level from elite athletes through to senior’s fitness.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Initial Pilates sessions will involve a thorough assessment with a physiotherapist in order to determine which exercises are appropriate. One-on-one explanation and demonstration of exercises is required to ensure correct activation of muscles and to prevent bad habits or overuse of tight muscles. Often real-time ultrasound is used to help show correct core muscle activation. After the initial session you will be able to progress to a group class. We use many different Pilates equipment including Reformers, Trapeze Table, Wunda chair, as well as Pilates mats and rehabilitation equipment.
NEUTRAL SPINE AND BREATHING
Our physiotherapists will help you focus on these two important aspects of Pilates. Neutral spine refers to the alignment where the normal spinal curves are present. It is the ideal alignment of the spine and pelvis for core stability exercises.
Breathing styles vary according to different stresses on the body (e.g. posture, pain, exertion level, respiratory distress). In Pilates, breathing into the lower ribs is encouraged to promote rib cage expansion, symmetrical breathing patterns and fluidity of movement. Upper chest breathing patterns are discouraged as this can overuse outer muscles and promote rigidity of the rib cage and spine.
- Please wear comfortable clothing to exercise in
- Socks and a towel are always recommended
- Due to high demand and limited spaces we suggest booking a permanent position to avoid disappointment
- Please give us 24 hours notice if you need to cancel. Otherwise you may lose your spot in the class and incur a cancellation fee
HEALTH FUND REBATE
Pilates classes are claimable through your private health fund. Please check with your health fund for your entitlement details