“In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference and in thirty you will have a whole new body” – Joseph Pilates
Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise program targeting the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine, to improve overall central core stability and posture. The mind and body are brought together to achieve these aims through the following eight sound principles:
- Flowing movement
Whether it is to recover from an injury, prepare for a sporting event or just to stay in shape, Clinical Pilates can help. At our Manchester Clinic we now lead classes for our patients.
Abigail has many years of experience using Clinical Pilates to treat a wide variety of patients. During her time in Australia, Abigail used Clinical Pilates to help correct irregular movement patterns and address any muscle imbalance, for those with complex spinal pain and wanted to return to a normal routine.
The patient can gradually start to introduce regular exercise to build on their strength, control and fitness. Abigail applies her expert knowledge to all who attend her classes; from dancers in rehabilitation, athletes, swimmers, kayakers, ironmen and women, ultramen and women, to cricket players, runners and people who just want to use Pilates as a means to staying in shape.
With Pilates exercise you learn to:
- Increase your body awareness
- Become familiar with good and bad spinal posture
- Breathe correctly
- Isolate and use deep abdominal muscles to support the spine
- Target key postural muscles as you learn to train the muscles from the inside out
- Correct pelvic floor activation
- Once the above basic understanding of correct movement is achieved, the patient is gradually challenged to sustain correct posture and controlled movement through progressively more complex activities
- The goal is to return to the patients normal level of activity while maintaining correct alignment whether that is gardening for one hour a week or performing regular triathlons
The benefits of Pilates are:
- Core stability and strength
- Injury prevention
- Relief from spinal pain
- Improved posture
- Effective rehabilitation following acute episodes of spinal pain
- Heightened mind body awareness
As each Pilates programme is individualised, a 1 hour initial consultation is required to thoroughly assess each individuals’ problem areas, demonstrate the basic techniques required to initiate the core muscles and create the Pilates programme. Please ensure you bring some loose fitting clothes and a pair of shorts for the initial assessment.
For further information, please do get in touch on 0161 832 9000 or email@example.com