Pilates is a body conditioning exercise method. It is a way of strengthening and aligning the body in order for it to function in the best possible way.
It was invented by a man called Joseph Pilates over a hundred years ago as he explored different ways of exercising to enhance good health and reduce the risk of illness. He recognised the importance of strengthening and restoring the body’s balance especially at times of ill health. He refined his exercise approach whilst a prisoner of war assisting others to improve their physical and mental health. There were an original 34 movements in his program and these in recent years have been modified to make the exercise approach accessible to people with a range of abilities and fitness levels. All the exercises are divided into levels so people can progress as they feel stronger and their mental focus and understanding grows.
There are 8 basic Pilates principles:
Concentration - Pilates requires a focussed approach to allow you to fulfil your movement potential and become more body aware
Breathing - A good breathing pattern helps with focus and control of movements. It can also ease tension and areas of pain or discomfort
Centring - Focusses on the ability to control the trunk in order to support movement of your spine and other internal systems
Control- Accurate performance of movements makes everyday activities more efficient and comfortable
Precision- The more accurate you are in performing the movements the more you will get out of the exercise in terms of strength and flexibility
Flow - Seamless movement will feel comfortable and is a freeing experience for the body
Integrated Isolations - Practiced harmonious movements of the body using Pilates exercises supports performance of complex daily activities
Routine- Regular practice of Pilates exercises is integral to your success and has a range of benefits to your body and mind
Here at West Suffolk Physio we use a Pilates exercise approach in rehabilitation programs to enhance recovery and encourage the use of Pilates as a long term investment in maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. For further information and advice please contact the clinic on 01284 713721.