Pilates is a form of exercise which encompasses both mind and body. The technique, which may be Mat or Equipment based, focuses on activation of the core region of the body, whilst a repertoire of strength, mobility and stretching exercises is performed. Resistance is applied to challenge core stability further by applying movements of the arms and legs or by using equipment. The aims of the method are to address abnormal movement patterns and retrain normal movement and function by strengthening, improving flexibility and alignment, and increasing postural awareness and control.
The Traditional Pilates method was initially developed for dancers and so many of the exercises require a high level of flexibility, body awareness and strength. However, we all know too well that this is not the case for many of us, particularly those who have undergone surgery, injury or those that have long standing problems such as low back pain. Clinical Pilates was developed in 1999 by the Physiotherapist founders of the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute [APPI] in order to allow for all types of patient populations to enjoy the benefits of the method. The Traditional Pilates exercises have been taken and adapted to better suit those with specific clinical problems. The added knowledge of the Physiotherapist instructors make it a safe way for you to confidently enjoy exercising whilst rehabilitating from your condition.
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young"Joseph Hubertus Pilates