What is Pilates?

Pilates can be described as an exercise system which focuses on strengthening and stretching the whole body to improve balance, flexibility, posture and strength.

Joseph Pilates created the exercise system in the early 1900s and involves aspects of martial arts, western forms of exercise and yoga. The majority of Joseph Pilates’ exercises were passed down to his apprentices and they passed the exercises on through word of mouth. His 34 original exercises are known as the ‘classical repertoire’. Pilates has steadily grown in popularity across the world.

Pilates can be performed by people of all ages and the technique involves physical and mental training with the aim of developing your deep postural muscles- your ‘core stability’.

What sort of problems can be treated with Pilates?

Pilates has been used as a treatment method for people with:

  • Back pain
  • Poor strength
  • Poor posture
  • pregnancy
  • Osteoarthritis

And has been used a lot with: dancers, cricketers and athletes in order to prevent injury and improve movement control. Beginners can do Pilates because it is a progressive form of exercise.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Lots of people report there are benefits of Pilates, though there have been few rigorous research studies to prove or disprove the effects of Pilates.

Benefits of Pilates include:

  • Improved posture
  • Enhanced muscle tone
  • Prevention of injury
  • Increased joint stability
  • Improved wellbeing

Pilates can be used as a stand-alone treatment or aspects of Pilates can be used with other forms of physiotherapy to provide effective rehabilitation and treatment.

Pilates is not an effective exercise for losing weight however it can be used alongside aerobic exercise and healthy eating to help tone your body.

What treatment techniques are used for Pilates?

The exercises involved in Pilates are done in a controlled and slow manner targeting specific postural muscles. A few key principles behind the exercises include:

  • Relaxation
  • Concentration
  • Breathing control
  • Body alignment
  • Co-ordination
  • Core stability
  • Stamina
  • Smoothness of movement

Relaxation is essential and those who regularly do Pilates know their postural alignment and are able to correct abnormalities as they become more aware of their posture and what their correct posture should be.

Movements are progressed as each technique is mastered.

Why Farrell Physiotherapy?

We pride ourselves on providing excellent patient care ensuring you are always at the centre of what we do. We are committed to continuous education and development to make sure we are up to date with the latest practices and therefore you can feel confident you are getting the best possible advice and care when coming to Farrell Physiotherapy.

If you would like to book a physiotherapy appointment or would like further information regarding what we do please call 01245 615 051 or e-mail: infofarrellphysiotherapy@gmail.com.