What is it?
Pilates is a gentle non-aerobic method of exercise which strengthens and lengthens key muscles and improves the posture without stressing the joints or heart.
Participants benefit from:
- A stronger, healthier back
- A more toned body
- More supple flexible joints
- Better posture
- Fitness and Well being
- A flatter stomach
You can learn Pilates in a large group at a local gym or leisure centre. However, for people with back pain it is more suitable to do Clinical Pilates, at a Physiotherapy Practice, like The Stourbridge Physiotherapy Practice.
The classes include no more than 4 people and are supervised by a fully qualified trained Pilates Physiotherapist.
Exercising under the supervision of a Physiotherapist means they will select exercises to suit your ability, and any pre-existing conditions you may have, so you have a programme tailored for you. The Physiotherapist can also monitor your symptoms and give you advice.
Who will benefit?
Pilates is very popular with dancers and professional athletes to help prevent injury and improve performance, but it is also suitable for most men and women from nine to 90 and beyond………..
It is particularly suitable for people who:
a) Are suffering from back, neck or shoulder problems
b) Have stiffness in the joints and muscles
c) Have an injury or want to prevent injuries
d) Have poor posture
e) Are pregnant; ante and post natal
f) Are desk bound and inactive
How does it work?
Pilates focuses on building your body’s core strength and improving your posture through a series of low repetition low impact exercises and stretching.
By core strength, we are referring to your back, abdominal and pelvic muscles. Through Pilates, you will be able to develop these muscles without adding bulk, therefore increasing your flexibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach, shoulder and thigh muscles.
This is why Pilates helps to relieve spinal, hip and shoulder problems as greater efficiency in your postural muscles supports the joints more effectively in your day to day life.
Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles however and not only provides a complete body workout (you will be working muscles you didn’t even know you had!) but also helps you develop an awareness of how your body works, helping your mind and body to work in harmony.
At The Stourbridge Physiotherapy Practice we run courses of Clinical Pilates for beginners and advanced students.
A course includes a half an hour assessment to design your programme and six classes doing mat work and band based Clinical Pilates.
The course is a progressive treatment programme whereby the difficulty and complexity of the exercises are built on each week so unfortunately for this reason places are non-refundable or transferable.
At week three you are given a band and instruction sheets to enable you to start doing your programme at home. The idea is that by the end of your course you have done ten Clinical Pilates sessions six in the clinic and four at home.
Once you have graduated from the course you will need to do a session of Pilates at home at least once every fortnight to maintain your progress and keep your symptoms under control.
The total cost of the course is £123. The assessment is charged at £38, and the six Pilates sessions charged at £85.
Please enquire at reception for further details or to reserve your place on one of our next available courses.