WHAT IS PILATES?
Clinical Pilates is a personalised exercise program to assist in spinal and limb stability and control. Joseph Pilates (1880 -1967) has given his name to the form of low-impact exercise developed by him in Europe. Pilates was interested in the mind-body connection, blending aspects of Yoga, meditation and martial arts. ‘Clinical Pilates’ has flowed from these ideas to the medical framework, assisting physiotherapists in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and their prevention.
Initially used by Dance Arts, we now know that people from many different activity and work backgrounds can improve postural and stabilising muscle function using Pilates. With the guidance of a qualified physiotherapist, this approach is helpful in preventing back pain and lowering the likelihood of it returning. Pilates classes and one on one sessions are conducted at Physica Ringwood and Physica Devonport.
WHAT IS PHYSICA PILATES?
Physica Clinical Pilates is available to assist with the management of patients with neck and back complaints, upper and lower limb injuries, as well as people wanting additional fitness and trunk strength. Clinical Pilates can be particularly helpful for patients who may be experiencing: back pain, arthritic conditions, pre and post natal back and pelvic pain, and pre and post spinal surgery pain.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
PREGNANCY PILATES SESSIONS
Pilates is known as an excellent form of exercise during pregnancy because it is low impact and gentle yet focuses on the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles.
In addition, Pilates exercises strengthen and stretch muscle groups that get weak and tight due to the changes that occur in pregnancy. These changes include weight gain and altered weight distribution, the hormone relaxin causing weakness and laxity and altered posture.
The benefits of staying active and participating in Antenatal Pilates are many:
1) Build strength and fitness
Research on pregnant women indicates that women can safely improve their fitness and strength while pregnant. Exercise improves muscle strength, endurance and tone which allows you to adapt to the changes of pregnancy.
2) Minimize body pains and discomfort
Exercise helps women effectively manage and treat the regular aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Regular exercise helps you to carry the weight gained more effectively.