Pilates training is a technique incorporated into our Physiotherapy treatment to optimize patient’s recovery through conditioning and strengthening exercises. The programs focus on core stability and efficiency of movement. They are created to meet the needs and abilities of each individual by encouraging body awareness.
Our facility also provides classes for non-physiotherapy patients interested in practicing Pilates.
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What is Pilates?
The form of exercise known as Pilates named for its founder, Joseph H. Pilates, who was born in Germany in 1880. In childhood, Joseph suffered from chronic illness such as asthma, rheumatic fever, and rickets. His frail state and suffering motivated him to gain physical strength.
Pilates, originally was named contrology, is a mind and body fitness regime. It combines flexibility and strength to work the entire body.
Pilates uses mats and specialized equipment. There are more than 500 resistance exercises beneficial for rehabilitation, injury prevention, posture alignment and overall fitness. The programs focus on core stability and efficiency of movement. They are created to meet the needs and abilities of each individual by encouraging body awareness.
Mat exercises include a series of progressive exercises. They focus on the abdominal muscles, as well as the entire body, benefiting postural alignment, strength and flexibility. Equipment, including what’s known as a Reformer, offers a different ways to gain strength through resistance. Both mat and equipment systems are ideal for all levels of exercise. Pilates also retain and rebalance muscles, increase joint health and range of motion.
Pilates is a full body conditioning program and recommended for everyone. It is especially recommended for postural alignment, chronic back pain, spinal dysfunctions, scoliosis, post partum rehabilitation, fitness and athletic training.
Beginner Class: focuses on the fundamentals of mat work. In this class you learn a series of exercises upon which the entire Pilates method is built. You increase body awareness, breath coordination, abdominal and back strength, flexibility and physical ease. You also learn to activate and maintain a strong neutral spine as well as proper abdominal curl and spinal extension as the foundation for many of the pilates exercises ahead. You are now well on your way!
The Reformer Class: Exercises preformed on the Pilates equipment facilitate a more complete understanding of the range and thoroughness of the Pilates technique. Extending your workout by including resistance training on the Pilates Reformer will increase the complexity of your training, improve your core strength and your ability to isolate and refine the workout of your arms and legs as well as your torso. There is nothing like committing to combined training in both Mat and Reformer to transform your body and mind.