Pilates is a mind/body conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall core stability and posture. A stable central core is essential for maintaining correct postures and good control and balance of the whole body. Pilates is a set of principles, corrective exercises and specialised equipment which combines to work the whole body, coordinating the upper and lower musculature with the body’s centre. Pilates, when performed regularly, positively changes the body. It changes awareness of the deep postural and stability muscles, breathing sequence and postural correction with suppleness and flexibility. The medical world is now realising the benefits of the Pilates method for the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. In order to prevent a recurrence of back pain, it is essential to retrain the deep abdominal and spinal muscles. Pilates provides people with a method of exercise unique amongst other forms of exercise that focuses on correct movement quality not quantity, core stabilisation and postural correction.

The Philosophy

A primary aim of Pilates is to build an efficient central core of stability muscles for the trunk and spine. This is achieved through both mental and physical training. The mind is trained to become more aware of body position while the deep postural and stability muscles are activated. Muscle imbalances can be corrected through re-training coordinated muscle recruitment patterns which lead to overall improved body alignment. The mind and body are brought together to achieve these aims through the following eight principals.Concentration, Centring, Breathing, Isolation, Routine, Precision, Control and Flowing movement.

Who’s it for?

Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels and is particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor postures, sports injuries, arthritis, stress-related illnesses and before and after pregnancy. Being a physiotherapist, your Pilates instructor will assess your suitability for Pilates and modify your exercises according to your needs.

All Rehabilitation Pilates classes are taught by a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist fully trained and certified by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI).

If you would like to book a course or receive more information about Pilates please contact uspilates@premiertherapy.co.uk

Fees for Rehabilitation Physiotherapy APPI qualified Pilates may be recoverable from all appropriate Private Medical Insurance. Please check with your provide where applicable.

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