What Is Clinical Pilates?
Pilates, and clinical pilates, has taken the fitness world by storm in recent years.
It has become popular for a range of people, from dancers to footballers.
Lauren, who is one of our physiotherapists and utilises pilates, thought pilates was an easy, relaxing form of exercise for people who didn’t want to work out too hard.
Oh how wrong she was!
Lauren is currently completing her APPI Pilates Certificate and this article will explain what Pilates is and why it can benefit you.
She went to her first Pilates class about two years ago and because of it's deceptive difficulty, she loves it, but it is not a favourite form of relaxing exercise.
So should you give it a go? YES!
Why is Pilates so good for you?
When our muscles are weak, they can compensate for each other, leading to instability and injury.
A common example of this occurs in the back: if your posture is poor, your lower back and hips can then adjust themselves accordingly, which can lead to back pain or injury.
How does Pilates help?
Clinical Pilates encourages you to think about how you perform everyday movements.
It heightens your body awareness, which in turn improves your overall agility, flexibility and strength.
It helps you ensure your body is working at its optimal level all the time.
Since doing her Pilates certificate, Lauren has modified her treatments and incorporated clinical Pilates movements home exercise programmes.
So far, the results have been fantastic!
What is Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is an intense movement regime that incorporates workouts for your abdominal, leg, arm and back muscles.
The regimes are incorporated into your regular physiotherapy sessions and aim to work all areas of your body.
There is no equipment required (although if you like, we can add some in), so anyone can do these at home.
What are the benefits?
The main benefits are:
- Increased muscle tone
- Increased strength
- Improved overall mobility
- Precision with which you move.
Clinical Pilates will give you more of an holistic result than most other exercises regimes.
It will make you focus on your breathing which is great for improving circulation and relieving stress.
It's a fantastic way to balance out your health and wellbeing.
Is Pilates suitable for me?
Clinical Pilates is actually fantastic for people with many injuries, weak muscles and particularly bad posture because it encourages you to strengthen your problem areas in a relaxed and low impact way.
Ultimately, to discover if it is the right option for you, see a health professional you trust and get the advice you need to move well and feel great again!