What is Pilates?

Posted on 19/09/2019 by Lyndsay in Recommendations

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What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a mat based workout but what is Pilates? Pilates originated in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates. Joseph was a personal trainer who devised the workout form for purpose of rehabilitation to help soldiers recover from the war. It was later used to help dancers recover from injury. He described the exercise as contrology, which is great way to describe the technique as it is all about controlling movement.

How to do Pilates

Pilates can be done on a mat or apparatus. I would always suggest if you are new to Pilates that you start with a mat based workout. Pilates teaches you how to control movement using your stabilising muscles, it isn't just about building 'core' strength. There are lots of muscles involved in controlling spinal position and movement, Pilates teaches you how to use all of these muscles. Pilates also teaches you to mobilise your joints with specific mobilisation exercises. It is generally a slow workout but tough! Very often with back pain, people develop altered movement patterns (either due to restriction or weakness) this dysfunctional way of moving can lead to further pain. Pilates will improve the way you move and reduce any muscle imbalances that may have occurred due to pain. Pilates is an excellent workout to compliment other sports/activities to ensure your body is moving in a way it can cope with the demands of your sport. We also use Pilates to prevent injury.

Who can do Pilates?

Absolutely anyone! Even if you consider yourself to have 0 fitness level, Pilates when done at a beginner level is a great way to introduce exercise to your life. All you need is a mat. My beginner videos are designed and suitable for anyone of any age and any ability. My suggestion is to try and do a video one to two times a week and build up slowly. The beauty of my online Pilates is that you can repeat the same video if you find it suits you until you feel ready for another workout. It is important you work at the right level and modified if you have any injuries/pain. My physio-led videos are adapted and can be tailored to your needs, anyone signing up to my Pilates classes will be asked to fill in a health questionnaire to allow me to create a series of Pilates videos just for them.

How can Pilates progress

Once you get hooked on Pilates, and trust me you will! Progressing to higher level workouts can be a great challenge. My advanced Pilates include lots of higher level exercises with the emphasis still on control. Using equipment is also great for progressions. In my videos we use lots of equipment such as theraband, small balls, large balls, magic circles, foam rollers and much more!

What does Your Pilates Physio offer?

Your Pilates physio was created by experienced physiotherapist Lyndsay Hirst. Lyndsay has bee teaching a modified version of Pilates for over 14 years, called clinical Pilates. She uses her knowledge as a physiotherapist to adapt the traditional Pilates method to suit people with musculoskeletal conditions. This website hosts 100's of clinical Pilates videos that can be done in the comfort of your own home. When creating an account you are asked to fill in a health questionnaire, this allows Lyndsay to tailor a program of video specific to your needs. We have videos specific to hip pain, back pain, reducing injury, golfers, shoulder and neck pain and much more! Lyndsays videos can be accessed anywhere in the world on any device! We offer a 14 day free trial, so why not try Pilates for yourself today!

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