What is Pilates?
Pilates is an innovative and safe system of mind and body exercise using a mat or a variety of equipment and props. Pilates is aimed to develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance and posture without building bulk or stressing the joints.
Core strength is the foundation of all Pilates exercises. Pilates strengthens the deep stabilizing muscles of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the core muscles of shoulder and back. All exercises are developed with modifications making them safe and simultaneously challenging for any fitness level, and adjusting for injuries.
Pilates method has evolved from the principals of Joseph Pilates who created the system of exercise program which he originally used as a rehabilitation program for prisoners of war. He later found to be of great benefit for anyone seeking a higher level of fitness.
Pilates can help to relieve pain and rebuild the body from inside out, providing lasting results.
Key Benefits of Pilates :
- Total Body Workout
- Core Stability & Postural Alignment
- Muscle Tone and Strength
- Improved Body Awareness
- Injury Rehabilitation
- Weight Loss
- Stress Reduction
- Improves flexibility and balance, mobility, co-ordination, and range of movement
- Refines athletic performance
- Muscle restore physical vitality thus boosting energy level
- Weight loss when combined with appropriate cardio-vascular exercises
- Mental and physical rejuvenation due to the breathing technique
Pilates for Rehabilitation
We have developed a unique technique to help you recover from your injury and pain, to bring you to a state of fitness where you are fitter and stronger than before your condition.
Physiotherapy deals with a short term treatment rather than long term prevention. Quite often once the course of physiotherapy has been completed, the underlying muscle imbalance and inadequate strategies remain which makes the body more susceptible to a recurring injury.
The rehabilitation process can roughly be divided into three stages:
Stage 1 – Physiotherapist
Physiotherapist uses manual physiotherapy treatment such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, electro therapy, and home exercise program to help you deal with the pain and relax the body.
Stage 2 – Rehab and conditioning with Physio-pilates.
Physio pilates is done after the person has completed his/her rehab with a physiotherapist. In this case, after consulting with a doctor and physiotherapist, a specific program is designed which incorporates physiotherapy listed in that stage along with pilates exercise to improve and strengthen the muscle affected and the range of motion. The instructor identifies any poor movement and muscle imbalances and works closely with the specific needs of the client, and simultaneously educating the client about exercise movements best suited to their ability so as to derive maximum benefit. Physio-Pilates combines mat techniques and the reformer machine using stretch bands and other props.
Stage 3 – Fitness and Conditioning with Pilates
When you become pain free and reach an optimal level of fitness, you can continue with Pilates private session or a class depending on your individual abilities. This will ensure you maintain and improve your muscle strength, flexibility, and posture in a safe fitness program. Modifications are made to ensure that clients can participate and benefit from the program while accounting for any past injuries.
Pilates Rehabilitates injuries and conditions like: Back pain, all kinds of disc dysfunction, neck injuries, knee injuries, instability and pain, hip injury and replacement, ankle instability, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff issues, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, SI joint problems, Oestio-arthritis, arthritis, Oestio-porisis
The objective of Pilates is to take over when physiotherapy stops and help the individual get back even stronger before the accident or injury. The exercise is tailored to the individual and taught correctly according to the injury and diagnosis. All exercise programs begin with a careful assessment of the individual taking into account any professional medical advice they have been given.
Pilates to Enhance Sports Performance:
Pilates can help improve performance of specific sports skills such as golf, tennis, skiing, football and cricket by improving core strength, balance, alignment and flexibility. Pilates focuses on postural alignment helping athletes to function more efficiently which reduces unnecessary strain on the joints and muscles. The development of muscle between opposing muscle groups and around joints also benefit the athlete, as well as the strengthening of smaller muscle groups. Pilates is also effective as a part of athletic rehab programs because it is improvising and challenging workout. Mobility in the body is key for superior healthy athletic performance and function, and Pilates serves an integral tool for enhancing sports performance.