Pilates (pronounced “puh-LAH-tees”) is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, ‘core stability’, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing. The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany. These days, Pilates is often used in conjunction with Physiotherapy as a means of treating a variety of injuries, and particularly back pain. Pilates focuses on the retraining and recruitment of deep stabilising muscles (sometimes called ‘core stability’) as well as improving posture, stability, control and flexibility throughout the body.
Pilates for Conditioning:
Pilates is an excellent form of cross-training or conditioning for many sports and dance. Once biomechanical (structural) and/or technique (functional) issues have been identified by an initial Physiotherapy assessment, Pilates is a great method for assisting to correct these issues, and preventing injury (or injury recurrence). By improving body awareness, postural control, joint stability (and many other factors), Pilates can also improve performance! From a stronger foundation, you can achieve faster pace, greater mobility, more power… the “icing on the cake”. The first group to embrace Pilates (historically) were dancers, as Pilates is the ideal complement to dance (especially ballet) technique. This has now spread to athletes in all sports. Vicki has taught Pilates to many professional dancers and elite athletes, including Olympians. When well-practised, the difference Pilates makes can be astounding!