It’s fair to say that Pilates is pretty popular at the moment! I trained as a Pilates Instructor between 2004 and 2006 and found that it was the most valuable thing I ever did as a Chartered Physiotherapist. There is not one musculo-skeletal condition ( or respiratory or neurological conditions either) or injury that does not benefit from a series of Pilates Exercises as part of its treatment program. And if we could go back to the time before the onset of any type of pain or injury, we’d do anything to prevent it.
I wasn’t always so staunch but over the last year I’ve been giving 5 classes a week and from a personal point of view and listening to my clients I am become more and more convinced of the effects of building up core strength, general strength and muscle balance, balance, flexibility and co-ordination. It has great benefits for injury prevention, posture, balance and co-ordination while playing sport, and flexibility. These benefits have been proven by many different studies and most strongly in the area of prevention of lower back pain.
Pilates is suitable for all ages and life stages. I have watched my own kids attending gymnastics classes and been surprised to see that so many of the moves are the same as Pilates moves. As we grow older we don’t incorporate cartwheels, L-hangs, Planks, Shoulder Bridging into our everyday life so we need to find a way to keep our bodies strong! At different stages in life we have different needs so my classes vary to accommodate those stages.
Have a look through the different classes and see what would suit you! Give me a shout if you have any questions. When I am treating patients for injuries/low back pain/neck pain etc I give individual programs so if you have very specific needs that is an option too.