Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates during WW1 where he worked as an orderly in a hospital, here he devised a gentle exercise regime for patents who were ill in bed not able to do any activity. It became evident those practising Joe’s exercises were getting better faster.
Pilates is a mind-body exercise programme that targets the deep stabilising muscles of the stomach & spine to improve overall central core stability & then continues building on posture & strength challenging both local and global muscles throughout the body. Focus is on performing each exercise with precision so you are isloating one particlular muscle group & altering any abnormal patterns of movement. The aim is for this to then be carried over into daily function.
Pilates has become incredibly popular and is widely available – many people wonder why Clinical / Rehab Pilates is any different than going to a Pilates class that runs at their gym – the major difference is the extent of knowledge and training that a Clinical Pilates teacher has, which allows them to adjust, modify and choose the accurate Pilates exercises for an individual.
A trained physiotherapist / Experienced Rehab Pilates instructor is whom prescribes and supervises a Clinical Pilates class, whereas an instructor for Regular Pilates only recommends a generalised program of exercises to individuals.
Both types of Pilates are based on the original theories and practices of Joseph Pilates and are exceptional ways to improve strength, flexibility and control. However regular Pilates does not take into account an individual’s injuries, history, pathologies and specific physiological needs.
Clinical / Rehab Pilates on the other hand applies carefully selected exercises to clients with specific injuries, recurrent problems or Muscular imbalances. All of these disorders can effect most of us during some part of our life whether it is recovering from an episode of lower back pain, suffering with headaches and neck pain due to posture at work or not doing enough strength work alongside your running training and finding you keep getting the same re-occuring niggles! Clinical Pilates ensures optimal gains whilst minimizing the likelihood of injury aggravation.