Pilates helps enable your muscles to do the job they were designed to do; not the job they’ve learned to do. It is sometimes mistaken for a gentle exercise class or just stretching but it actually uses a combination of strengthening (focusing on core), low impact, achievable but precise exercises, to create an intense and highly beneficial workout. These help to strengthen, rebalance, realign, lengthen and relax the body.
Benefits of Pilates
- Improves posture
- Improves mobility and flexibility of the spinal column
- Increases muscle strength, endurance and tone
- Promotes healthy joints
- Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
- Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders
- Facilitates injury prevention and physical rehabilitation
- Improves motor skills such as balance and co-ordination
- Builds stamina and increases circulation
- Encourages deep and efficient breathing
- Improves well being
- Alleviates aches and pains, particularly back problems
- It helps to improve bone density
- Relieves stress and tension
- Heightens body awareness
- Improves quality of life
These benefits will aid those with aches and pains to lower tension, improve muscle strength and generally helps with keeping active.
We run different sorts of Pilates classes: APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute Pilates) which are Physio led and ‘Realistic Pilates’ classes. The instructors of both classes are fully qualified but the method of Pilates they are trained in may differ. However, all the classes are mat based and suitable for any age and all fitness abilities are welcome.
APPI Physio Led Pilates Classes (Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute)
The Physio Led method of Pilates is run by Jana McNee, Chartered Physiotherapist, who has been trained by the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI). The Pilates exercises taught in this class follow a program of graded exercises based on sound clinical reasoning.
Why is Physio led Pilates different from other Pilates Classes? As the name suggests, the class is led by a Chartered Physiotherapist. You will receive a full professional assessment prior to joining the class so all the exercises are carefully selected to match your needs and abilities, throughout the class we will then be able to assist you with your progression. The physio is qualified to discuss any health issues you might have during/after exercise and provide you with advice how to cope with them.
If you are currently injured, struggle with chronic pain or have a long-term health problem, then we recommend this is the class for you.
All the exercise programs are backed with research and broken down to a comprehensive level system to make sure you are always working within your limits.
With our Physiotherapy training we can make sure that the exercises are done with precision to allow your body to re-learn the correct movement patterns necessary for reducing your pains and aches, to help your body to be more efficient in its posture and to reach your goals.
Whilst being great as a complimentary programme to a cardiovascular exercise plan, Pilates is also effective on its own and is often prescribed as a rehabilitative class for injured or recovering clients.
Realistic Pilates – For Real people with Real bodies
At first glance, Realistic Pilates may seem to be a gentle and easy form of exercise; however its combination of strengthening and mobility moves can create a very intense and highly beneficial workout. High fitness levels or great suppleness are definitely not a necessary pre-requisite for Pilates. In fact, Realistic Pilates enhances both of these conditions, whilst strengthening the ‘core muscles’ within the torso. Realistic Pilates also develops breathing control, co-ordination and stability of the body, changing muscle lengths, relaxing and re-balancing the body.