The Pilates method is a system of exercises that was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. Pilates is an exercise regime designed to stimulate the deep spinal muscles, or “core muscles” to function more efficiently. The Pilates exercises were initially developed to assist people with rehabilitation from injury, and Pilates exercises still maintain a specific focus on injury management and prevention. Many leading back specialists endorse The Pilates method as the therapy of choice to prevent surgery and/or assist in rehabilitation post-surgery. Our Pilates-trained Physiotherapists will prescribe the appropriate Pilates exercises specific to the goals and needs of each client. Close supervision by trained Pilates Physiotherapist is necessary to execute the exercises correctly and prevent injury. However, even people without injury can benefit from the Pilates program, through increasing abdominal muscle tone and stability, increasing strength and flexibility, improving posture, and reducing unnecessary and inefficient muscle patterns.
Unfortunately a lot of “Pilates” exercises have lost their original focus, and have become almost purely strength based exercises. For many people with back pain, gym based exercises can simply aggravate their condition. Clinical Pilates is always conducted with the supervision and guidance of a physiotherapist, and the program is developed with specific reference to your posture, flexibility, strength, current or past injuries, and specific occupational, recreational, or sporting goals.
This is what helps to make Pilates “Clinical” – we need to conduct a basic assessment and screening, and from this develop your specific program. The Initial Session involves full explanation of all the Pilates principles, and you do get to participate in Pilates and obtain home exercises during this session.