Think Pilates is the latest fad?
Pilates has been around since 1920’s. It’s an exercise method that was developed by, and named after, its founder Joseph Pilates. He was a personal trainer who worked with soldiers returning from the war, and classically trained ballet dancers. Ahead of his time, Joseph Pilates realised that spending long periods sitting was problematic and that by going back to look at the body of a baby, we can start to figure out where things go wrong as we grow. Today, Pilates continues to grow in popularity, with elite athletes, including our very own Andy Murray, expressing their love for Pilates and how its help in recovering from injury.
You, too, can benefit from pilates by booking a group or one to one class at our Edinburgh South Studio. Here at Better Humans Therapies, we are passionate about getting your body and mind to feel better.
How does Pilates work?
Pilates is an exercise method, practiced either on a mat, or on equipment such as a reformer. It is based on a few key principles to help organise and align your body in it’s most optimal position, so it prevents overuse of some muscles and joints that can lead to postural issues and injury.
The key principles are;
- Axial elongation and core control
- Spinal articulation
- Organisation of the head, neck and shoulders
- Alignment and weight-bearing of the extremities
- Movement integration
Can anyone do Pilates?
Absolutely. Pilates is for everyone and anyone, all ages, all abilities. There are hundreds of different variations of exercises, which can be adapted to be as challenging or as easy as possible. I’ve taught children as young as 9 years old, and adults of 80 years old!
Can Pilates help my rehab or an injury I’ve had?
Yes! Pilates exercises are used as part of rehabilitation after injury to target the injured area, as well as addressing alignment or overuse issues which have led to the injury in the first place. At Better Humans Therapies, we specialise in Pilates for rehabilitation. We use Pilates exercises to observe how your body moves and highlight any areas of strength or weakness so we can create a tailored Pilates programme for you. Pilates, led by a Physio is often used in rehabilitation following back surgery, shoulder, hip and knee injuries, and with pre-natal and post-natal individuals.
Will it improve my posture?
Pilates and posture go hand in hand. People often comment that they feel taller after a session! When you recruit the right muscles in your body, loosen the tight areas and strengthen the weak areas, you create better alignment and balance allowing your body to function with less effort.
Want to give it a try? Here’s how to get started!
Before you start Pilates, it’s important to have a one to one session first.This is why Better Humans Therapies offer both one to one and group Pilates session here in Edinburgh. This gives you the opportunity to talk to the Physio or instructor about your body and what you hope to achieve from Pilates. This also gives the instructor time to teach you the basics, so you feel confident when you go to a group class or your next one to one session.
Stop by our Edinburgh studio, give us a ring on 0131 357 4567, or check out our Pilates page to find out more