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  1. What are the principles of Pilates?
  2. What is Pilates?
  3. What is Clinical Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that was initially developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Joseph Pilates’ intention was to develop and create a method of exercise that would help people improve their overall health and well-being, both physically and mentally. Given his own medical conditions which included asthma and auto-immune diseases, these challenges led Joseph Pilates to be interested in fitness and exercise.

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883, and he suffered from a number of health problems as a child, including asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. These health problems led Pilates to become interested in physical fitness and self-improvement having tried other exercises including yoga, gymnastics and boxing.

Pilates as an exercise was initially developed as a system of exercises during World War I to assist in keeping prisoners of war healthy. After World War I, Pilates moved to the United States, where the first pilates studio was opened in New York City.

What are the principles of Pilates?

Pilates has developed and been tweaked progressively over time. This includes using Mat based exercises through to exercise using Pilates equipment including most the Reformer and Trapeze Table.

However, regardless of whether or not equipment is use, the Pilates’ method of exercise is based on six common principles:

  • Breathing: Proper breathing is essential to Pilates. Pilates aims to utilise diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Concentration: Pilates exercises require a significant amount of concentration. This concentration whilst exercising forms the basis of the mind-body connection and helps ensures that exercises are performed correctly.
  • Control: Pilates exercises are performed with control. This is why Pilates can be a great form of exercise to build motor control and can be used in rehabilitation.
  • Precision: Pilates exercises are performed with precision. This is why exercises are traditionally done in a slow and deliberate manner.
  • Centering: The core muscles are the foundation of Pilates. Whilst Pilates is incredibly versatile, it was initially started to help strengthen and stabilise the core. This is why Pilates is one of the best exercises in the management and prevention of low back pain.
  • Flow: Pilates exercises are performed in a flowing and rhythmic manner.

What is Pilates?

Pilates has become an incredibly popular and versatile form of exercise. It can be done by people of all different ages and fitness levels. It is considered a low-impact exercise that is a great way to improve strength, flexibility, and overall fitness.

Pilates exercises are typically performed on specialized equipment, such as the Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair. This equipment helps to provide resistance and support, which makes it easier to perform the exercises correctly.

What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise and Pilates that has been specifically designed to help people with injuries or other health conditions. It is commonly taught by a Physiotherapist or other trusted healthcare professional.

The main difference between Clinical Pilates and Pilates is that Clinical Pilates is tailored to your needs, medical history and past medical history. This means that exercises can be tailored for you and we can provide more attention and feedback whilst you exercise.

Conditions that benefit from Clinical Pilates include:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain or headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Prenatal or postnatal care
  • Rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries

ME Physio has a number of Pilates services that can be done one-on-one of in small group classes. Our Clinical Pilates Program is designed and supervised by our extensively trained physiotherapists. In addition, ME Physio also has Reformer Based Fitness Pilates. To learn more or get started, contact our friendly Client Experience Team or book an appointment online.


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