Most people are familiar with Pilates. It is still one of the fastest growing methods of exercise. Many people reap the benefits of more strength, length, tone. mobility and stability that Pilates provides.
But did you know that Pilates is rapidly rising in another area? Rehabilitation for pain and injury.
A lot of injuries are quite simply caused by muscular imbalances within our bodies. Many things can cause and contribute to muscle imbalances such as our posture, how we walk, how we bend over, sit, lay down and even the way we work out. So in general, the way we move! Many people move incorrectly in some way, shape of form which causes too much strain on some muscles and in turn weakens others, therefore causing an imbalance. It really can happen that easily.
Pilates exercises work to provide an even musculature throughout the body by strengthening the core and peripheral muscles . Pilates has a strong focus on the core however does not neglect the rest of the body either. Nearly all movements initiate from the abdominals which gives better core strength and this enables better control, power and balance.
The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine (multifidus). Pilates also focuses on correct positioning of the pelvis (neutral pelvis) which is important for correct movement patterns throughout the body therefore avoiding injury.
Pilates exercises can be modified for each individual which makes Pilates extremely effective for most people. There are such a wide variety of movements from basic to advanced, depending on a persons level of injury.
Pilates being a low-impact exercise makes it a very powerful method of exercise in rehabilitation to balance the muscular system
Now I need to say, there’s Pilates and there’s Pilates. Pilates has a 'fitness style' and a 'clinical style’. A fitness style Pilates class often has 10 or more people in a class (sometimes 20 or 30!) and is often performed on the mat or many Pilates reformers. The class can be fast and the focus is on “getting a burn”. It is difficult to know in these classes if you are in the correct position and performing the movement correctly. Clinical or Studio Pilates will only have a maximum of 5 people in the class and will be led by a Studio Pilates qualified Pilates Instructor. The environment is personalised, controlled, effective and safe. The advantage of this is that each participant will work on exercises specific to their physical condition and exercise goals.
Pilates will teach people how to move correctly and where their bodies are in space. People become responsible for their own movement and this will mean a faster recovery.