Pilates is a form of exercise that aims to improve posture, balance and flexibility. It focuses whole body strengthening with an emphasis on core strength.
A brief history about Pilates
This form of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates, who immigrated from Germany New York where first opened his studio with his wife and applied his method on ballet dancers and bodybuilders.
He developed his technique first under the name of “Contrology”, which considered modern life style, poor posture and inefficient breathing patters were factors that impaired people’s health. His program aimed to develop the complete co-ordination of mind, body and spirit, to promote suppleness, muscular power, endurance and good posture. His methods have over time developed into the Pilates techniques that are so widely taught today.
Who can participate?
Anybody can participate in Pilates Classes. At Harborne Chiropractic Clinic client screening is very important to ensure participants get the most out of their sessions in a safe manor. For this reason a medical history and assessment will be conducted before undertaking sessions.
What to expect at the fist session?
Before beginning a Pliates session, the teacher will assess you and establish the goals you would like to achieve. A complex progressive exercise plan can then be designed to suit your needs. Gabby, our specially qualified Pilates Teacher will assist you, help you and correct you during sessions and what you can be doing at home or in the work place to achieve your goals.
Benefits of Pilates
Improving posture, balance and proprioception; greater kin-aesthetic awareness
Strengthening core and back muscles, greater core stability
Stronger pelvic floor
Improving breathing pattern, stronger imune system
Improved lymphatic drainage, reduced stress
Improved coordination, increased muscular strength and endurance
Reduced risk of injuries
Increased joint stability and mobility