What is Pilates?

Pilates has become increasingly popular with many people in the fitness industry and the medical/rehabilitation sector. In simple terms, “Pilates is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility, core strength and body awareness”.

Pilates consists of controlling different parts of the body through a series of movements, where your core muscles are emphasised to be the main stabiliser. The core loosely consists of the deep postural muscles of the abdomen (transverse abdominis), obliques, lower back and buttocks. Core activation through all ranges of movement is a key factor in Pilates. The second key element is keeping spinal alignment correct throughout all movements. This ensures directed specific control is placed when isolating a movement.

One-to-One Pilates

Having a one-to-one session will provide you with a thorough understanding of the principals involved. Your APPI trained Pilates instructor will assess you and your needs to find out exactly how Pilates can benefit you. This will be followed by a step-by-step programme of Pilates which will aim to achieve your pre-determined goals. One-to-one sessions allow for greater progression and specific teachings of Pilates techniques.

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Why visit our City of London Pilates instructor?

Pilates can be used as a form of assessment but most importantly as a form of treatment to help correct movement dysfunction which may have contributed to an injury. Clinical Pilates is a series of exercises (either mat-based or using specific equipment, such as the Reformer) performed in different body positions which have been adapted by healthcare professionals to make them more suitable for patients with back and neck pain and for those recovering from injury.

Pilates can be used at all stages of an injury by reducing the intensity of the exercises. This will allow a gradual build-up of muscle stability and support, which will allow for increased function and/or flexibility.

Pilates can be used in conjunction with physiotherapy/chiropractic and sports massage treatments and will allow for maximal recovery. These exercises can also be used to help maintain core strength in patients who do not suffer with any pain.

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What to Expect at Your First Pilates Session?

What Do I Wear for My Session?

Please feel free to bring along some shorts and a t-shirt to your sessions. Gowns can also be provided.

What Happens at My First Consultation?

Before your session starts, your instructor will briefly go over the history of your injury.

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This is an assessment that will highlight any discrepancies in movement or movement control. It will allow your Pilates instructor to correlate any dysfunctions that are being presented through the assessment and then be able to devise a treatment plan to address them.

Our team of chiropractors and massage therapists are on hand to answer any questions you may have, so get in touch today via enquiries@body-motion.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7374 2272.

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NHS Choices, A Guide to Pilates: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/pilates.aspx

Pilates Digest, Pilates for Chronic Low Back Pain Francine Hernandez, November 2011, http://www.pilatesdigest.com/pilates-for-chronic-low-back-pain/

Journal of Sports Medicine, (2006), Vol 15 Issue 4, p338-350, Does a Programme of Pilates Improve Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain?

Rydeard, Leger, Smith, (2006), Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy Vol 36, Number 7. Pilates based Therapeutic Exercises: Effect on Subjects with Non Specific Chronic Lower back pain and functional disability: A Randomised Control Trial. http://www.jospt.org/doi/pdf/10.2519/jospt.2006.2144