What is Pilates?
Pilates is a set of movements invented by Joseph Pilates that focus on the core muscles of the body, general well-being and the overall fitness works the body in an even and balanced way.
If exercise is something that has previously created more problems than it’s solved- then this is for you! Total Health is unique in providing Pilates alongside qualified Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Sports Injury specialists to offer a seamless transition from injury-rehab.
Pilates doesn’t have to be just for those recovering from injury. It is also a great way to get fit in a safe, low impact environment. It’s focus is on the core abdominal and low back muscles, using mats, rollers, blocks and stretchy bands. Sometimes the use of a Pilates reformer is used too.
Joseph Pilates’ initial exercises and theories are the basis for every movement you will do in a class, and although exercises are not limited to the core muscles, each exercise should be done slowly, with focus and control.
Many people choose Pilates classes because unlike aerobic or cardiovascular work, you shouldn’t sweat.
There are 6 key principles of Pilates;
Concentration Centering Control
Breathing Precision Flow
Why do Pilates?
Pilates strengthen those vital and ‘hard to tone’ core muscles which just do not get used in everyday life. Even people that exercise, often don’t use their core correctly.
Pilates also helps correct posture. Most of us don’t like hearing that we have ‘bad posture’, but few of us have correct posture, so we all need help with this one.
As many of us suffer with muscle imbalances and weaknesses in certain areas of our bodies without knowing. Pilates also helps increase flexibility.
Pilates can be a great stress-reliever; the Pilates method of breathing alone is enough to promote relaxation and get you out of the habit of short, shallow breaths.
In short Pilates can help undo some of the bad habits which modern living puts onto our bodies.
Who is Pilates for?
Pilates can be beneficial for people of all ages and abilities. It can be used by the general public and elite athletes alike. The tailored programs are specific to the individual and a ‘One-size-hat-fits-all-approach’ is NOT used. The classes are gradually made more challenging as your body adapts to the stresses place upon it.
Benefits of Pilates
- Full Mind & Body exercise
- Strong core and abdominals- the flat tummy!
- Strong back
- Long and lean muscles with great flexibility
- Well condition muscle with even balance
- Improved movement efficiency
- Gentle and low impact
What Should I Do If I Injure Myself?
If in doubt- rule yourself out is the phrase in professional football. Stop playing immediately to prevent further injury. Initial treatment can be orientated around PRICEMM (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Mobility and Management).
A simple ice pack applied to the injured area for 10-15 minutes can work wonders at relieving pain and reducing swelling. If after 48 hours the pain is still there it’s time to seek professional help. Our therapists can adapt the PRICEMM model to you and your injury.