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. Pelvic floor strength can be compromised by many factors, pregnancy being the most common. Pilates is a fantastic form of exercise which can help build up strength in the pelvic floor muscles and abdominal muscles both pre and post natal. Pilates can improve the bodies ability to cope with the stresses of pregnancy.
Reduce neck and back pain – Pilates can help reduce back and neck pain by strengthening muscles in those areas. As a result of inactivity and weak muscles, chronic pain and tension in the neck and lower back. can develop.
Improve Posture and flexibility – Tight muscles can cause a decrease in mobility and lead to poor posture, tension, aches and pains. Good posture is vital general fitness and pain free spinal functionality and movement. Pilates exercises will improve your strength and in turn correct your posture. Pilates will also provide increases to your flexibility levels and assist in the maintenance of healthy joints.
Injury prevention and Rehabilitation – People who lack muscular support, have muscular imbalances and poor posture typically have a higher risk of injury. Due to the benefits pilates can provide in relation to strength and support of the joints, overall stability and function of the body can be improved. Pilates is a great method of effectively rehabilitating from injury.
Improve overall balance, coordination, fitness and endurance – Muscle control is also improved through pilates. This will assist in balance and coordination. Cardiovascular endurance and fitness will also be improved as a result of pilates.
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.
Will Pilates Help You to Lose Weight?
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?
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Research has found that Pilates can be an effective treatment for injuries and illnesses such as:
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.