What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of low impact exercise that aims to improve body awareness, movement patterning, postural alignment, breathing, balance, flexibility and strength, and overall improves how you move and engage your body. Pilates is also excellent for improving fitness, athletic performance, injury rehabilitation and prevention.
Pilates can be done in many ways, whether with just an exercise mat on the floor, or on a pilates specific machine such as the reformer.
You might have heard people do Pilates to improve their core strength, although many pilates exercises focus on core strengthening, Pilates actually targets your whole body. These exercises are usually performed in a slow controlled manner, focussing on the quality of the entire movement instead of getting your body from point A to B.
How do we use Pilates at My Physio My Health?
At the clinic, we incorporate Pilates into your treatment journey through a number of different ways, for example:
- Teaching you how to engage your core or move your pelvis through basic Pilates exercises during treatment
- Prescribing Pilates based home exercises in between treatment sessions
- Doing Pilates in an individual exercise class
- Doing Pilates in a group exercise class
The type of Pilates we use as physiotherapists is clinical Pilates. There are some important differences between what we do in the clinic and pilates done at fitness studios. Stay tuned to learn about the differences between the two!