What is Pilates?

February 16, 2016

 

 

Pilates is a body conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. Targeting the deepest postural muscles, Pilates works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It will also improve posture and is a great way to relieve unwanted tension. Its slow and controlled approach means that it gives much longer term results  and it is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems.

 

Background

 

The Pilates method was developed by the late Joseph Pilates , born in 1880 in Germany. A frail child he turned to physical fitness to improve his body image, becoming a keen sportsman who developed talents in sports as varied as diving, gymnastics and boxing. He studied many different disciplines and drawing from each of them, formulated a system that worked for his own body. This became known as the Pilates method.

 

After moving to New York in the 1920s his studio soon attracted the city's elite with actors, dancers and athletes finding that his exercises complemented their traditional programmes and catered for their indvidual needs - building strength without adding bulk, balancing that strength with flexibility and achieving the perfect harmony between mind and body.

 

Pilates still attracts many leading figures from the worlds of the performing arts and top sport. It is also being used increasingly to complement the work of healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists, osteopaths and sports therapists.

 

Benefits of Pilates

  • Creates longer, leaner muscles

  • Improves core strength and stability

  • Helps prevent injury

  • Relieves stress and back pain

  • Improves posture

  • Enhances sporting performance

  • Effective post-rehabilitation

  • Improves balance and co-ordination

STOTT PILATES®

 

I teach a method of Pilates which is a contemporary approach to the original method pioneered by Joseph Pilates. STOTT PILATES® incorporates modern exercise principles and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. The exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. Preparatory exercises and modifications allow the exercises to be adapted for different body types, injuries and abilities.

 

Basic Principles

 

  • Breathing

  • Pelvic placement

  • Ribcage placement

  • Scapular movement

  • Head and cervical spine (neck) placement

Application of these principles will result in maximum benefits from the Pilates exercises.

 

Who is Pilates for?

 

Pilates is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and is particularly recommended for those who suffer from chronic back pain, sports injuries, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, repetitive strain injury and stress-related illnesses.

 

It takes a minimum of 6 weeks to learn and apply the principles of Pilates which is why it is not normally recommended as a drop-in class.

 

About Me

 

I have been studying STOTT PILATES® since 2011. This followed a diagnosis of a degenerative spinal condition that led to surgery in 2012. I used Pilates both before and after the spinal surgery to strengthen my abdominal muscles and to increase the mobility around my joints. Having experienced the benefits of Pilates first hand, in particular the STOTT PILATES® method, I decided to train as a Pilates Instructor in early 2014. Since my initial training, I have also attended workshops for pre and post-natal Pilates and for working with fascia.

 

Any Questions?

 

If you have any questions about Pilates and the benefits or if you are interested in joining a class in Bristol or booking a one to one session in Bristol or Weston super Mare please do not hesitate to contact me on 07787 563775 or at emma@ehsportstherapy.com.

 

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