First introduced over 80 years ago, Pilates focuses on gently stretching and strengthening the body to reduce pain. It also helps to improve posture, flexibility and mobility. It uses slow, precise movements which mean that it’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
How does Pilates work?
To people who are used to a punishing run or a hard workout at the gym, it may be a surprise to learn that slow, precise movements can build strength. In fact, these gentle movements are an excellent way to bring previously underused muscles into play without strain or injury.
Pilates works on core strength, also called core stability. This involves improving the strength and stability of the group of abdominal and spinal muscles that support your spine. Strength and control in this area allows you to improve your posture and have better control in your everyday movements. Improving core strength often helps to reduce back pain, especially in chronic conditions.
How we use Pilates
At Arundel Physiotherapy, we use Pilates techniques as part of our standard physiotherapy sessions, where appropriate. We also offer Pilates courses, either in a group setting or one-to-one. These allow you to undertake a regular exercise class that’s adapted for your particular needs. We welcome beginners, experts and people with all fitness levels and those who enjoy our classes.