Pilates is a great way to strengthen the body in key areas and improve posture. Many people who suffer lower back pain, neck pain and other issues often have weak core muscles. Weak core muscles could be a result of a lifetime of bad habits such as being slouched over a desk for 8 hours a day or lack of physical activity; even those who exercise regularly and play a sport can suffer from poor posture due to asymmetric muscles. Taking part in Pilates classes, or practising Pilates within the comfort of your own home is a great way to combat postural issues. By improving the strength of core muscles, you can reduce physical issues that are a consequence of poor posture.
Your first Pilates Treatment
Our Waterloo clinic offers 1-2-1 mat Pilates sessions for beginners and the more experienced Pilates participants. These Pilates mat sessions consist of body weight exercises with controlled breathing and are designed to help you build a stronger core.
CBR Clinics can design a Pilates programme that suits your needs, helping you achieve better alignment, reducing your episodes of acute pain and preventing injury. Also, individuals that exercise on a regular basis are proven to have reduced levels of anxiety and insomnia, improving their general well-being. All our Pilates sessions are carried out and supervised by our Certified Pilates Instructor, Nicole Lee.
Pilates is a great way to improve not just your posture, but the way your body performs overall,
So, what are the major benefits of Pilates:
- Improve core, legs and arms muscle strength
- Aid general flexibility
- Improve your body alignment
- Prevent injury
- Manage on-going chronic conditions
- Reduce episodes of acute pain
- Reduce levels of anxiety and insomnia
- Improve general well-being
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a unique physical fitness system of stretching that is designed to strengthen core muscles; it was developed over a hundred years ago by Joseph Pilates. Pilates said that the inspiration for his method came to him during World War One, during his time at the Knockaloe internment camp on the Isle of Man.
As well as improving posture, balance and joint mobility, regularly taking part in Pilates can also improve your mental state, helping to relieve stress and tension. Many high-level athletes use Pilates to complement their regular training routine to help develop overall body strength and reduce their risk of injury.
Physiotherapists took Joseph Pilates original concepts and developed Clinical Pilates. Clinical Pilates is used for and can play a huge role in injury prevention and rehabilitation. It is a series of exercises focussing on stabilisation training, improving the strength of core muscles within the body; improving posture, strength, flexibility, control and balance.