Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on your flexibility, posture, control and muscular strengthening.
The Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany. He invented Pilates as an exercise program for injured dancers and soldiers while living in the UK. Joseph Pilates believed that physical and mental health were closely related. Pilates also focuses on the mind-body connection and gives a greater sense of body awareness by having to be constantly aware of bodily position, movements and your breathing. Pilates is now often used in conjunction with Physiotherapy,Osteopathy and Sports Massage to aid the treatment of a variety of injuries particularly the management of lower back pain. Pilates is similar to Yoga but Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. In Pilates the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.
What is the Difference Between Yoga Classes and Pilates Classes?
Both are similar as they both focus on the mind-body connection, yoga can involve a spiritual well being element and can be more relaxing form of exercise whereas Pilates focuses on flexibility, body awareness, posture and muscular strengthening.
Improve Core Stability and pelvic floor – Pilates exercises are designed to improve your core stability and focuses on addressing weakness in the pelvic floor. Core strength is important in everyday activities like walking, running, standing for long periods, sitting, lifting weight and playing sports. If you suffer from pain anywhere in the pelvic girdle, spine or hips. Pilates can help by targeting and reconditioning core, pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. The strength in the pelvic floor can be compromised by many factors, the most common one is pregnancy. Pilates is designed to help your body cope with the stresses of pregnancy by building up strength in abdominal and pelvic floor muscles both pre and post natal.
Reduce neck and back pain – Pilates can help strengthen muscles, reducing neck and back pain. Pain can often come from inactive and weak muscles that can lead to chronic pain and tension in your neck and lower back.
Improve Posture and flexibility – Tight muscles can cause a decrease in mobility and lead to poor posture, tension, aches and pains. Good posture is important for your overall fitness and for your spine to function effectively without excess strain. Pilates can give your body the strength to correct your posture and increase your flexibility to help maintain healthy joints.
Injury prevention and Rehabilitation – People who lack muscular support, have muscular imbalances and poor posture are more prone to injury. Pilates can help build muscular strength and support joints to improve overall stability and function. Pilates is a safe and effective way to rehabilitate from injury.
Improve overall balance, coordination, fitness and endurance – Pilates is a great way to improve muscle control to assist in balance and coordination. It can help build up cardiovascular exercise and endurance in sports and fitness training.
Will Pilates Help You to Lose Weight?
Pilates is not as an aerobic exercise, so for effective weight loss you should combine your Pilates exercises with a healthy diet and some regular aerobic activity such as walking, swimming or cycling.
Do you need to bring anything?
No, for matwork classes mats and other equipment (swiss balls, magic circles, therabands etc) will be provided. Currently we do not offer studio pilates classes with reformer pilates.
Where do I get started with Pilates?
Shoulder Bridge Pilates
If you have a good level of fitness and want to give Pilates a go then a group class is a good place to start. We have a Welcome Offer whereby you can get 50% OFF your first class using code RELAX so you can check out the pilates studio, meet the instructors and see if you enjoy pilates. Our pilates instructors are qualified Osteopaths as well so have a detailed understanding of the human body, injuries and exercise rehabilitation. Our instructors are friendly and will look to correct your technique throughout sessions to ensure the exercises are effective as possible and injuries are prevented. For a more personal approach or if you need greater exercise modifications then a clinical 121 Pilates class can also be organised to help you get going.
Can I start doing pilates exercises at home as well?
Yes definitely and we would encourage clients to practice exercises at home as well to ensure progression and feel the maximise benefits. If you’re a beginner, the best way to start is to have some classes to be shown and and understand the correct technique and posture when performing the exercises first. This will ensure you gain the most from the exercises and help avoid any injury that might occur from performing various moves incorrectly and then start with your home based exercises. To experience the best results practising pilates as a minimum of twice per week is advised to progress quickly.
So if all of this sounds good and you are looking for activity focussed on improving posture, body awareness, flexibility and muscle strengthening then you should consider trying Pilates.
We provide Matwork Pilates in our Canada Water SE16 London clinic, If you’re looking to book a course of Pilates classes in our pilates studio we can do this also by providing one of our Matwork Pilates class bundles. Currently we do not provide reformer pilates sessions.
Can Pilates help with injuries or illnesses?
Roll down Pilates
Research has found that Pilates can be an effective treatment for injuries and illnesses such as:
Neck and back pain.
Hip or knee replacements.
Pilates works really well to support athletes recovering from injury or indeed want to be proactive to keep on top of injuries. As pilates is low impact this complimentsclients who attend bootcamps or HITT classes to provide balance within their exercise routines. Pilates is a good idea for office workers to keep you supple through stretching exercises and provide body awareness.
Our drop in classes have the following terms and conditions:
Any late cancelations made or non attendance to booked classes will be charged as 1 session. You are therefore requested to make sure that you cancel before the session so that other clients on the waiting list can use the sessions. The cancellation window is 9 hours
Drop in classes cannot be purchased with any offers such as the “10% on your first treatment” or any existing group discount
Classes can only be taken at bodytonic clinic studio and drop in prices cannot be used on courses and workshops
First 50% OFF class is limited to 1 per person attending the bodytonic clinic studio regardless of the type of class that is attended
First 50% OFF class offer is only available on classes and NOT 1-2-1 Pilates appointments
Simply Add RELAX to the checkout screen to claim your 1st class 1/2 price
If you have already had a 50% OFF class for another class i.e. Yoga you are unable to have another class 1/2 price
Online discounts are not available on medical, group classes, osteopathy or foot health appointments