Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates. Pilates exercise emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, and stabilization. Pilates exercises consist of more than 500 exercises and are done either on a mat on the floor, or using special exercise equipment. It is a technique that focuses on core strengthening, balance, and flexibility. Pilates based rehabilitation is one of the most effective forms of physical therapy to treat knee, back, hip, shoulder and repetitive stress injuries.
The Pilates approach comprises of six key principles, which put together build the “powerhouse” or centre of your body and forms a strong foundation for any movement.
The six Pilates principles include:
Pilates based rehabilitation is suitable for people of all ages and is an excellent treatment for individuals with recurrent pain, fibromyalgia, chronic neck and back pain, some post-surgical conditions and for patients with overall de-conditioning. There are several benefits of Pilates based rehabilitation which include increase in flexibility, improvement in posture, and core strength, tones and builds muscles without bulk, increase in energy and awareness, relief from back pain, tension and joint stress, recovery from strain or injury, and improved range of motion in the joints.
Group exercise classes for individuals suffering from or at risk of osteoporosis are conducted at Sutherland Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic. Classes are run on Monday mornings at 9:30 am. Participants will need to complete a medical consent questionnaire which includes a doctor’s clearance prior to commencement of classes.