Pilates is a moderate form of exercise that can improve your core, posture and balance, and can help you to relax. Pilates is very different to yoga but with a greater focus on strengthening the core abdominal and back muscles.
Traditional Pilates was developed in the 20th Century by Joseph Pilates, for fit and healthy people. The programme focuses on the core, postural muscles, these help keep the body balanced and are essential for providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breathing and alignment of the spine, head, neck and shoulder blades. It incorporates strengthening of the deep abdominal muscles, which are particularly important to alleviate and prevent back pain. Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness.
Is Pilates right for you?
Pilates can help with:
Low back pain
Sport injury rehabilitation
Women’s health or Pelvic Floor strengthening
You may need to consider the following as pilates is not recommended for everyone and you should take the advice from your doctor;
If You have orthopaedic conditions that cause pain or limit ability to move up and down from the floor
If you have an acute condition (but it can be considered once pain has settled)
If You’ve recently had orthopaedic surgery (but it can be considered after approximately six weeks).
If Your are in the first three months after open heart surgery
If You have uncontrolled high or unstable blood pressure
If Your are in the first six weeks after childbirth.