Pilates was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He recommended a few precise movements emphasising control to aid injured soldiers in the first world war. They would regain their health by strengthening, stretching and stabilizing key muscles. The pilates principle is designed to condition the entire body through proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing and flowing movement.

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Our physiotherapists run and design all of the pilates classes. They run as a course lasting six weeks and booking is essential. Please contact us for information on how to book onto a course or visit our dedicated pilates website – www.pilatesforbackcare.co.uk

Types of pilates offered at the clinic

The Research

The core muscles consist of

People with low back pain have been shown to have altered patterns of transverse abdominus recruitment (Hodges and Richardson 1996 and Hides et al 1996) and decreased size of lumbar multifidus (Hides et al 2001). Studies have shown that the method of recruiting transverse abdominus (with the clinical pilates method) is a repeatable and valid way of retraining the altered patterns of muscle recruitment with people with low back pain.

An assessment is recommended before joining the class.

Clinical Pilates

These classes are designed to rehabilitate the following problems by retraining normal movement patterns:

Pilates for Toning

These classes are designed for those wanting to achieve the ‘sculptured’ look by toning the abdominals, gluteals, shoulders and arms to create a toned figure and better posture. The beginners course teaches you the basics of spinal alignment, correct activation of the core and the method of spinal and pelvic control.

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Pre/Post Natal Pilates

This course is modified to adapt to the changes a womans body goes through before and after birth. Prenatally it can help maintain the strength of the pelvic floor and abdominals. We can teach you pelvic floor control which you can use during the labour. Post natal pilates is famous for helping regain your figure.

Mixed Classes

These classes are suitable for all of the above classes. The physiotherapist will adapt the exercises in the class to suit your individual needs. In this class there will be the opportunity to work at different levels depending on your ability.

One to One Pilates

This is a private session with a pilates trained physiotherapist. Having one to one tuition will help target your specific area's of weakness. It will give you a greater understanding of how your body works and will allow you to feel the benefits of pilates quicker than in a class setting. Having one to one sessions will allow us to be more precise with your training.