Here at Total Health Clinics, we are constantly looking for ways that we can continue to provide treatments and opportunities for people to improve their health and quality of life. Whether that includes a traditional or holistic approach – we pride ourselves on offering our clients a choice of treatments that suits their lifestyle and requirements.
This is why we are proud to announce that our Peterborough clinic has introduced new Pilates classes. The weekly classes will be held in our bright, airy studio at 9am on a Saturday morning – the perfect way to energise you for the weekend whilst de-stressing after a week of work.
Pilates is a low impact exercise; comprised of a series of slow, defined movements – similar to yoga but places a stronger emphasis on strengthening the body’s core – the abdomen, oblique’s, lower back, thighs and glutes. Through the focus on the muscles throughout various movements and sequences, individuals are able to build strength, flexibility, co-ordination and muscular endurance. Pilates also emphasizes a discipline when it comes to posture and form, which carries through to everyday life, helping to relieve tension that builds up due to bad posture.
Pilates is renowned for its positive impact on general wellbeing; the exercise encourages you to focus on your breathing, your body alignment and how the 2 can and should flow together in harmony, bringing together a mind and body connection. Contrary to popular opinion, this is not a natural union and requires full concentration for those who are starting out. By using ‘yoga breath’ or Pranayama breathing you are supporting the union of the body and mind connection as well as reaping a range of other benefits; researchers have reported that a regular practice of conscious deep breathing can reduce anxiety, lower and stabilise blood pressure, relax the muscles as well as increasing our energy levels.
As well as being an excellent calorie burning exercise, using your body weight, Pilates is also exceptional as a rehabilitation exercise, especially for people who have suffered from strokes, anxiety and fibromyalgia – of course this list is not exhaustive. A common misconception about Pilates is that its ‘only for women’ – this is far from the truth! While Pilates strengthens the pelvic and lower abdominal muscles that are important for women with regards to bearing children and urinary function, it is very much beneficial to anyone that undertakes it, although often disregarded by men as a strengthening exercise because it doesn’t involve heavy weights.
Pilates was actually invented by a man, Joseph Pilates, and there are plenty of high profile athletes across the world that incorporate it into their fitness regimes; Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods: Andy Murray and Gareth Bale are all super successful male sportsmen that all do Pilates.
The classes at our clinic in Werrington, Peterborough are taught by Harri Green; who studied to become a Pilate’s tutor at the Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation centre in Bristol. So, if you feel that you have a little muscle tension to relive, want to work on your core, or want to build a better mind and body connection, why not explore Pilates and join us on a Saturday morning?