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Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to provide support and aid rehabilitation.

Pilates is suitable for a wide range of people from elite athletes to clients with low back pain. Pilates is also useful for women in various stages of pregnancy.

We have 2 Chartered Physiotherapists who are Pilates trained and who can help with increasing your stability to aid recovery and prevent recurrence of your symptoms. One of our physiotherapists holds Pilates classes in the local area focusing on small groups, allowing individual attention and encouraging your continued improvement long after your physiotherapy treatments have finished.

What is pilates?

Pilates is a type of exercise that combines breathing, balance and controlled movments to target and strengthen the deep postural muscles otherwise known as your 'core stability muscles'.

Sedentary lifestyles can subject the body to prolonged poor postures, causing weakened core muscles which can lead to musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.  Pilates teaches you to correctly realign the body, mobilise joints and strengthen your core muscle.  Its a great way to improve, posture, muscle tone and body awareness.

Who is suitable for pilates ?

When taught correctly pilates is suitable for clients of all levels of fitness and ability.  It can be tailored depending upon the clients individual goals or requirement.  For example it can be used to help rehabilitate following an episode of back or neck pain and can also help reduce the reaccurance of symptoms in the future. It can be used postnatally to help strengthen abdominal and pelvic floor muscles or can even be aimed specifically at a certain sport to help improve perfomance and efficiency. Additionally most clients find the breathing and stretching element relaxing therefore helping to improve general wellbeing.

How is pilates taught?

All pilates exercises are taught by physiotherapists experienced in treating musculoskeletal conditions who are specifically trained in clinical pilates.

Following breif assessment pilates are taught in small classes.  The class size is kept small to allow for close supervision and correction of the exercises.

Some clients feel they need more 1:1 treatment perhaps because of more specific needs.  Or alternatively may wish to grasp the basics before having the confidence to join a class.  1:1 assessments and treatments are offered both at the clinic and as a home visit and this can be discussed with your physiotherapist.