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Pilates is more than an exercise regime, it teaches a new way of using your body, increasing postural awareness and the way in which you perform your daily activities.  It is beneficial for anyone who wishes to improve core strength and stability, prevent injury, relieve stress and back pain, improve posture, balance and coordination, enhance athletic performance, increase body awareness and rehab from an injury.  Pilates is also promoted by physiotherapists, osteopaths, GPs and midwifes as a safe form of antenatal exercise during pregnancy.

Pilates is a method that helps to improve our strength, flexibility, endurance and balance.  The focus is on a stable core with neutral alignment and relaxed breathing whilst promoting controlled functional movements and relieving tension.  It is safe for all ages since its slow, controlled movements help improve muscle balance and coordination without risk of injury.

Strong, deep postural muscles are important for us to be able to achieve good posture and sufficient power, strength and balance for the whole body.  Pilates teaches you to co-ordinate the muscles of the arms and the legs with the body's central core.  The mind is trained to become more aware of body position while your deep postural and stability muscles are working.  This teaches you how correct movement feels and with practice you will adopt this as normal movement and gain better coordinated movement.

A common source of pain and symptoms comes from muscle imbalances.  These imbalances are caused by overusing certain muscles whilst others are neglected and become weak.  Muscle imbalance is a recognised source of pain and often leads to a reduced performance in sporting or everyday activity.

We offer pilates that is suitable for any level, be it beginner or advanced, but also provide specific sessions for new mums and mums to be during their pregnancy.  This is a specialist area of exercise and is led by our women’s health physiotherapist, Jilly Bond, who has completed specific training on exercise during and after pregnancy.

Throughout your pregnancy your body shape will be changing and your centre of gravity will move. Pregnancy often causes poor posture and the curve of the spine is increased.  This places excess stress on the muscles of the back and pain often develops as a result.  What is important is that you learn how correct posture should feel so that you can continue to maintain correct alignment of the joints despite these changes.  You will then avoid placing extra stresses on your joints and will avoid this source of pain.  Pilates will help you to understand where these muscle imbalances are developing and how you can manage them over the course of your pregnancy.

Following the birth of your baby, pilates will allow you to begin restoring your abdominal strength, muscle length and pre-pregnancy body shape.  If you have had a normal delivery then it is typically safe to return to pilates within 4-6 weeks, or 8-12 after a C-section.

As well as our classes we regularly provide one-on-one sessions that are designed to cater for individual needs.  For more information on pilates please contact us today.

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