What is Pilates?

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Pilates has become a very popular form of exercise. Pilates was created back in the 1920s by the Physical Trainer Joseph Pilates. The original purpose for using Pilates was for rehabilitation and the first people to use Pilates were the soldiers who returned from war and dance performers. Like any other form of exercise, Pilates has also evolved over time, but unlike a lot of other forms, it still stays quite true to its original version.

Pilates is essentially a form of anaerobic exercise system that focuses to improve the flexibility and strength of the body. It is close to weight lifting sans the weight and belongs to the same family, i.e. resistance exercise. Pilates is performed on the mat or on specially designed equipment. Pilates needs a focus on your body because you have to move your body through a range of motion. Each exercise has a prescribed placement, rhythm and breathing pattern. Pilates works on two key areas – developing core muscle strength and spinal alignment.

Some of the key benefits derived by practicing Pilates are as follows :

  • It increases core strength.
  • It helps to improve stability, balance and flexibility of the body.
  • It enhances ease of movement and peripheral mobility.
  • It helps improve your body awareness and circulation.
  • It is easy on joints and has low impact on them as there is limited use of joints when you exercise.
  • It can be used as a complementary method of exercise with your other exercise or fitness regime.
  • It can be customized to suit everyone from a person recovering from an injury or accident to a pregnant woman to a new mom to an athlete.
  • It has proven to help provide relief in chronic back pain and sciatica. It is also quite effective in managing general back pain, neck pain and pregnancy related pain conditions.

Pilates exercises are developed through stages. Beginning with simple stabilizing exercises, then to improve movement and finally to increase core strength. The Pilates instructor is trained to accommodate every individual person and exercises are regularly re- assessed to ensure they are appropriate for that individual. Before beginning any new exercise system, it is always advisable to check with a doctor or Physiotherapist.

Wyndham Physio offers a Pilates group exercise program for 6 weeks. It is fully supervised by our qualified and experienced Physiotherapists.  Our Physiotherapists assess each individual’s needs and accordingly tailor a exercise schedule for them.