Gemma Singleton with over 14 years as a Physiotherapist shares her clinical expertise with us on what is Pilates and the benefits of a Physio led class as opposed to one in your local village hall…………..
Pilates is an exercise that concentrates on improving posture and strengthening your core muscles. It does not make you sweaty, or get you out of breath, but instead you do have to concentrate on what you are doing. It has been proven to help with back pain and reduce the risk of injury.
Why is Pilates recommended?
Pilates focuses on correct posture and helps you become more aware of the impact of posture in day to day life. For example…. how you sit when you are driving the car or how you stand when you are swinging a golf club all has an impact.
Many injuries, aches and pains occur as a direct result of being in the wrong position or having poor posture. By correcting posture and improving body awareness, the risk of injury is reduced. Many professional athletes do Pilates regularly to help prevent injury. Ryan Giggs famously said ‘Pilates is the reason he was able to continue playing top level football for so long!’
Pilates can also help improve performance. For example….improving how your spine rotates can have a direct effect on your golf swing.
What is the beneﬁt of Physio led Pilates?
Physio led Pilates is speciﬁc to you and your injury. When you are recovering from an injury you are often nervous about returning to sport or exercise. In Physio Led Pilates the exercises are modiﬁed to suit your individual needs and you are closely supervised to ensure correct technique.
There are several options for you to either attend a weekly group class, or a 1-2-1 session or get an individual programme to do at home.
Why shouldn’t I just go to a local class in my village hall?
Pilates is an umbrella term, and unfortunately not everyone has to be properly qualiﬁed to teach it. If you have recently been injured, there would be certain exercises that may not suit you. In a class of 30 people the exercises are generalised and the instructor will not be able to come and check what you are doing. You would therefore be at risk of doing more harm than good. Pilates should always be pain free.
If you are ﬁt and well then attending a Pilates’ class where the instructor is qualiﬁed and class numbers aren’t too big would be ﬁne. Having as assessment with a Physiotherapist ﬁrst can determine which option is best for you.
My training is with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). Personally Pilates helped me recover from sacroiliac joint pain post pregnancy. If you would like to know more about Modiﬁed Pilates please email me on gemmasingleton@physioﬁve.co.uk or book in your Pilates Assessment with our reception team.