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Pilates is a type of low impact strengthening exercise. It was first developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Traditional pilates has further developed into clinical pilates, which is a type of pilates normally designed to rehabilitate clients after injury.
Pilates is based on the teaching of movement with control. This control is achieved by improving our core muscle strength. Our core muscles include our deep abdominal muscles, pelvic floor, deep neck muscles, scapular muscles and gluts. All of these muscles play a role in segmental control and stability of our body.
Core muscles also help keep the human body balanced and provide support for the spine. Strengthening your core muscles helps address muscle imbalances, which enables individuals to train harder without injury. Research has identified that the order of core muscle recruitment is one of the most important factors in the prevention or resolution of pain.
There are many other benefits achieved through doing pilates such as:
Pilates exercises are always performed with your spine in its neutral position. This is the optimal position in which loading of the structures of our spine is lowest and it is also the zone in which our core muscles function best. Before performing more challenging pilates exercises, you need to be able to activate and isolate your core muscles and maintain the contraction while performing certain movements.
Many pilates exercises are performed in non or partial weight bearing positions and are low impact. Modifications to a series of exercises allow for a range of difficulty from beginner to advanced. Because it is essential to maintain the correct form to get the most benefit – and to avoid injuries – beginners should start out under the supervision of an experienced Pilates instructor.
Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, we offer a range of pilates classes for various levels and injuries, provided by a chartered physiotherapist. If you wish to know more about our classes, please get in contact with us here.