Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It emphasises:
- spinal and pelvic alignment
- breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles
- developing strong core muscles
- improving coordination and balance
The Pilates system allows each exercise to be modified to suit all levels of ability from beginners to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body adapts to the exercises. Sessions can be either one-on-one or small classes.
What’s the difference between Pilates and Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is Pilates taught by a Chartered Physiotherapist who is also a trained Pilates Instructor. Clinical Pilates is an exercise format used to help people move after injury/operation/neurological disorder. Pilates is a great asset to Physiotherapy rehabilitation exercises as it focuses on the precision of your movement – this helps to correct ‘poor or bad’ movement patterns that we naturally develop over time or movements we have adapted due to pain or injury.
Fiona has been studying and teaching Pilates for over 10 years and over this time has taught Pilates to:
- people suffering from low back pain
- people returning to sport post-injury
- athletes looking to improve their performance and prevent injuries
- children with physical and mental disability
- adults with neurological disabilities
- ante and post natal ladies
to name but a few!