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Pilates
Pilates is being hailed as “the fastest growing exercise technique worldwide”. Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise program that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture. The mind and body are brought together to achieve these aims through the following eight principles:
  1. Concentration,
  2. Centering,
  3. Breathing,
  4. Isolation,
  5. Routine,
  6. Precision,
  7. Control and
  8. Flowing Movement.

Who is Pilates for?
Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels and is particularly beneficial for those with;
  • Back or neck pain
  • Poor posture
  • Sports Injuries
  • Those with weak pelvic floor muscles before and after pregnancy

What is Pilates?
The medical world is now realising the benefits of the Pilates method for the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. In order to prevent a recurrence of back pain, it is essential to retrain the deep stomach and back muscles, which weaken following low back pain. It is thought that these deep muscles (Transversus abdominus, multifidus), the diaphragm and the pelvic floor muscles work together to form an enclosed ring, termed the ‘cylinder of stability’. This cylinder is referred to in Pilates as the ‘central core’. It is similar to a corset, surrounding the low back and stomach. When the muscles of the corset are contracted, they provide increased low back stability, similar to a corset when tightened.

Pilates focuses on building an efficient ‘central core’. Pilates then challenges this central core by introducing graduated arm and leg movements and stretches. Pilates is a unique form of exercise that focuses on correct movement quality not quantity, core stabilisation and postural correction.

Benefits of Pilates
  • Speed up recovery following injury
  • Prevent injury recurrence
  • Improve balance
  • Improve co-ordination
  • Improve posture
  • Increased health and well-being
  • Strengthen core muscles
  • Increased flexibility
  • Aid in stress management
  • Help prevent stress incontinence
What to Wear
Clothes should allow freedom of movement. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing (eg, tracksuit bottoms/ shorts, t-shirt). You can wear socks if you like, ones with grips can be helpful or else bare foot.

All equipment relating to exercise will be provided for you.

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