What Is Physiotherapy Led Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that builds up core strength, flexibility, and body awareness and is designed to promote efficient movement. It was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Since then, Pilates has been adapted and is now widely used in in classes and in rehabilitation by Physiotherapists worldwide. Personally, I like to think of Pilates as a movement class – it teaches you how to move your body in the most efficient and functional way. The movements are performed in a variety of different postures that can translate to your day to day life by resetting your postural habits and movement patterns.
What Happens In A Pilates Class?
During a Pilates class you are guided through a series of exercises using core control, correct muscle activation and breathing control. The exercises are designed to improve the mobility in all the major joints, strengthen and stretch the major muscle groups, engage the core stability muscles as well as activate the proprioceptive and balance fibres. The quality of each posture, engagement of the correct muscles and breathing in connection with the movement are key components of the movements.