The practice of Pilates mobilizes, strengthens and integrates the core with the rest of the body improving fitness and assisting the rehabilitation process. In a clinical setting, Pilates is the most effective type of exercise to compliment corrective Physiotherapy and Osteopathy treatments.
Pilates is ideal for use in the rehabilitation process as it is accessible for all ages, conditions and fitness levels. Athletes, seniors, pregnant and post-natal women, and those suffering with Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Arthritis and Multiple-Sclerosis benefit from Pilates as it offers a variety of modifications allowing for a safe, yet challenging program. It renders an effective method of neuro-motor training for athletes to improve their current fitness level and optimize their overall performance.
Our Clinic utilizes the Stott Pilates Reformer machine; a specially designed machine that uses a spring-and-pulley system on a moving carriage. The Reformer allows a phenomenal kinetic chain work-out and accommodates a full range of motion while increasing mobility and strength. Exercises on the Reformer can be done in a variety of positions with the objective of creating an integrative dynamic work-out that is joint friendly and effective.
Benefits of Pilates
Some of the benefits of Pilates include:
General fitness – integrates whole body fitness, and creates an evenly conditioned body with longer, leaner musculature.
Improves core strength, stability, posture, balance, spinal mobility and flexibility.
Aids in the treatment of back pain and in the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries.
Maintains bone density with low impact, joint-friendly resistance training.
Enhances joint mechanics and range of motion, especially in osteo-arthritic joints.
Increases stability for the pelvic and shoulder girdle complex, and decreases recurrent tendinitis.
Develops body strength, muscular endurance that enhances sports performance.
You learn to move efficiently and to properly engage transverse abdominals.
Our Physiotherapist and Osteopaths, Cheryl Lee and Doris Hellstern, often integrate Pilates in their treatment sessions with Clients. Pilates may also be arranged for one-on-one sessions, utilizing an individually tailored programme designed by one of our Certified Pilates Instructors and Personal Trainers.