The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century in Germany. Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing. Clinical Pilates is a specialized adaptation of traditional Pilates. It incorporates physiotherapy techniques and is delivered by a trained Physiotherapist or Clinical Pilates Instructor. Clinical Pilates is an evidence based system of exercises which focus on the retraining and recruitment of deep stabilizing muscles (core strength and spinal stability) as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility. Clinical Pilates can also improve balance, enhance performance, reduce pain, is injury specific and is efficient and safe for use in rehabilitation.
The Clinical Pilates program at Windy Hill Physiotherapy Clinic is an individualised one. Each patient is individually assessed, set a personalized home program and a personalised studio program which is supervised at all times. Patients can choose to stay one on one or share a session with up to three other people while continuing with their individualised, supervised program.
All Clinical Pilates sessions involve floor – based exercises, together with spring loaded resistance machines; reformer, trapeze table, wunda chair, core align, as well as stability balls, orbit, foam rollers, hand weights and other small pieces of pilates and strength and conditioning apparatus.
Benefits of Pilates
Some of the many benefits of Pilates include:
- Improved flexibility.
- Increased muscle strength, particularly of the abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of the body).
- Balanced muscular strength on both sides of the body.
- Enhanced muscular control of the back and limbs.
- Improved stabilization of the spine.
- Greater awareness of posture.
- Improved physical coordination and balance.
- Relaxation of the shoulders, neck and upper back.
- Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries.
- Aids in prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.