Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. Clinical Pilates is used by our physiotherapists to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions, ranging from low back pain and chronic pain to hypermobility and chronic fatigue syndrome. By working with your body’s preferred movement, Clinical Pilates improves your mobility, stability, balance, posture and overall function.
What’s the difference between Clinical Pilates and Pilates
Pilates is also used by elite athletes and dancers to improve essential movement patterns and enhance fitness and performance, as well as assisting with injury prevention. The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany.
The major difference and the most important is the level of training of the instructor. A Pilates exercise teacher may have no qualifications, but a Clinical Pilates Therapist has typically qualified as a physiotherapist. What does this mean? The Physio has a detailed understanding of your body and how it functions and can suggest the optimum exercise movements preventing injury.
Clinical Pilates offers a system of safe, effective and highly specific exercises appropriate for all ages. There are stages of exercises that you can progress through that will allow you to see the improvements in your strength, control and healing. Clinical Pilates focuses on the retraining and recruitment of the deep stabilising muscles (core stability) as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility.
Benefits of Pilates
A carefully structured Pilates plan will reap advantages with regards to body sculpting, accentuated physical fitness levels, enhanced versatility and general well being. Pilates courses have actually taken off in latest years – evidence of the effectiveness of this exercise style. Here, we outline some of the advantages of Pilates. Pilates concentrates on posture, and the large core muscles of the stomach, a place much overlooked in
Pilates concentrates on posture, and the large core muscles of the stomach, a place much overlooked in everyday activity and a typical source of back problems. Other wellness advantages include enhanced digestion, reduced stress levels, lowered blood pressure level and general ease of movement. Some types of exercise or poorly managed exercise routine over targets particular body areas, and disregard others, causing imbalances in the body.
By Working with a Physiotherapist, the right type of Pilates course can be tailored to each person.
Pilates courses concentrate on core strength and entire body alignment, working out every area including the head and respiration muscles. The result is balanced physical growth, enhanced ranges of motion and flexibility in all joints. Effective, low impact exercise that are accessible to all. Pilates is an efficient, progressive position, toning and core conditioning plan which can be started by anyone at any degree of fitness.
Pilates creates strength without bulk, the result being prolonged, lean muscles and an aesthetically pleasing look. Even elite strength sportsmen and bodybuilders are using Pilates techniques today, understanding the advantages they could bring to the physique. The secret to Pilates success is eccentric contraction – the act of stretching the muscle as it resists a power. This is the opposite to concentric contraction, the act of shortening the muscle against a force and the way wherein most strengthening exercises work. In its simplest type, a Pilates class uses resistance to gravitation via mat based exercises, to do eccentric contractions.
Some clinical pilates instructors utilise exercise balls and resistance bands to add variety. This makes Pilates an inexpensive, but effective exercise choice that may also be performed at home. Pilates instructors work towards safely increasing the motion range of joints, so that you can stretch and fold more easily. This means you’re less vulnerable to hurting yourself in everyday activity. By working the deep core muscles of the stomach, lower back and pelvis floor, Pilates gives you a strong, balanced motion and good posture, supporting the body frame as a whole.
Clinical Pilates Instructor –Rochelle Vujcich-Harris
Our Clinical Pilates instructor, Rochelle Vujcich-Harris is passionate about the unique benefits that Clinical Pilates offers to people for recovery and prevention of injuries. There are much wider benefits from doing Clinical Pilates than most people are aware of! The benefits include reduction of pain, faster recovery and restoration of movement after injury or strain, and significant improvements in bone health and circulation.
Rochelle answers common questions about Clinical Pilates and describes the benefits in more details in her FAQ on Clinical Pilates“.
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