Pilates is a series of exercises incorporating the whole body and its movement, with the initial focus on developing an activated and strong central cylinder or trunk.
What is Pilates?
Pilates was first developed back in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates. Joseph had health issues as a child and became interested in ways to become stronger and more flexible through a series of exercises. This philosophy was later used in the world of dance to help dancers handle the demands placed on them through their practice, by working on flexibility as well as making them strong through the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle. It was also found to help reduce injuries.
Pilates is a series of exercises incorporating the whole body and its movement, with the initial focus on developing an activated and strong central cylinder and working from that base. The central cylinder is made up of deep back extensor muscles and lower abdominals. It’s also impacted by the diaphragm above and the pelvic floor below. From this central starting point, other muscles and movement can be introduced to develop strength and flexibility throughout the body.
Benefits of pilates
The great thing about pilates is that it’s good for everyone. From people who’ve had chronic back or neck pain, knee or shoulder injuries to pre and post-natal mums and everybody in between. Pilates can also help reduce tension and stress through improved breathing technique and postural awareness. Pilates assists in developing strength and flexibility which not only improves posture, but allows the body to cope with the load that is placed on it daily and during sport and recreation activities. There is also the overall sense of well-being associated with movement of the body in a controlled environment.
At Ponsonby Physiotherapy we offer
One on one sessions: It is important to have the fundamental components in place before embarking on a class environment, particularly if you’re recovering from injury. During this session our physiotherapists will take you through the key starting points of pilates with a focus on posture, breathing and activation of specific muscles with gradual progression put in place.
Classes: We currently offer 4 classes per week in our gym area. Our classes are restricted to 8 people per class as this allows our physiotherapists to ensure that each person is performing the exercises correctly.
Beginners classes: Tuesday 12.30-1.15pm and Thursday 6-7pm at our Ponsonby clinic
Intermediate class: Tuesday 6-7pm and Thursday 12-1pm at our Ponsonby clinic
Our pilates instructors are all fully qualified physiotherapists, so you are guaranteed to receive quality instruction you can trust that will take into account any injuries or pre-existing conditions you may have.
Please call us on 09 378 6890 to make a booking.