What is Pilates?
A little background about Pilates;
- Developed by a German man Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920’s.
- Had poor health in childhood, so his interest in physical fitness came from this.
- He was determined to strengthen his own health and body, so he developed a unique sequence of movements (pilates as we know it).
- He worked as an intern in an infirmary in England during the 1st World War.
- Here he engineered a rig from the springs on the bed to offer resistance exercises for patients (reformer pilates).
- Moved to New York in 1926 where he drew a following from dancers.
- Pilates lengthens and tones muscles which creates long, lean muscles and a strong streamlined physique, hence was very popular amongst ballet dancers etc.
- The world of pilates has developed since then but everything is still strongly based on the technique and repertoire developed back in the 1920’s and has stood the test of time.
What are Pilates exercises like?
Is there a difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Yoga has a long history to its practise. One that I’m not going to pretend I know much about. There are many different forms of yoga classes; some concentrate more on the mind and spirit, where meditation can play a big roll in (this would be a big difference between both). Another yoga class may move through positions and hold poses for duration of time.
How will it benefit me?
- Improved body awareness
- Improved muscular activity/balance between left & right
- Improved co-ordination and balance
- Strengthening of muscles and joint structure
- Helps with pre- and rehabilitation for surgery
- Improved flexibility
- Increased stability to spine
- Improved posture
- Stress management and improved sleep
- Increased concentration
I have back trouble can I do Pilates?
Pilates and pregnancy?
Pilates brings awareness to the body and helps to maintain everything to work together during a time where increase laxity within the joints and muscles can throw this off balance. Pre- and post pregnancy Pilates is catered for at Laura’s Pilates & Injury Therapy.
‘Pregnancy taxes the weakest parts of a woman’s body and exposes the liabilities of a sedentary lifestyle’,
Elizabeth Nobel – essential Exercise for the Child Bearing Year, 2003.
- Pregnancy should be thought of as Trimesters 1, 2, 3 (3 months each) and the following 3 months after birth due to the physiological changes that occur in the body, so 4 stages.
- During pregnancy to make space for the baby the abdominal wall separates. Exercise needs to be modified for this increase in separation of the abdominal wall to ensure no tears or damage occurs here. Modification must be continued even after pregnancy until the wall is a safe distance to continue with certain exercises, mainly abdominal exercises.
- As the baby grows, the Pelvic Floor is put under increase pressure. Exercises and awareness of how to active these muscles are important to allow the mother to continue with everyday activities without the fear and stress of any leeks, both in pre- and post pregnancy stages.
- The health of your back and pelvic area will be tested during pregnancy. The Sacrum is where the back and pelvis meets and it is around here that the centre of gravity is, in other words where most of our weight is supported. This obvious will add to the chance of increased discomfort, pain and weakening to these areas. Pilates helps strengthen these areas, make you aware of the muscles you are recruiting to ensure protection for your back.
How often should I do Pilates?
Can Pilates help my sporting/ athletic performance?
The following link has an article about the benefits of pilates from a Rugby players point of View?
The following link has an article about the benefits of Pilates from a Golfers point of View?
Pilates is for women isn't it?
Do you use equipment during the classes?
Group Classes; resistance band, inflatable balls, wobble cushion, medicine ball, Pilates ring, reformer for 2 people
Private 1-to-1 sessions use extra items; reformer, suspension straps;TRX & rip:60 (similar to TRX only you can also get rotational movement on), foam roller, kettlebells and stability ball.