What is Pilates?
The primary aim of Pilates is to build an efficient central core of stability muscles. These muscles are essential in stabilising the trunk & spine and can be achieved by training the mind to become more aware of the body position while these deep postural & stability muscles are activated.
The mind & body are brought together to achieve these aims through corrective exercises and by following 8 sound principles: Concentration, Centering, Breathing, Isolation, Routine, Precision, Control and Flowing movement.
Pilates now attracts many leading figures in the sports, dance and acting fields as well as the general public. The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute also works closely with osteopaths, physiotherapists and personal trainers to compliment traditional therapy techniques.
Who is it for?
Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels and is particularly beneficial to those with back pain, poor postures, sports injuries, arthritis, stress-related illness as well as periods before & after pregnancy. The medical world is now realizing the benefits of Pilates’ method for the prevention & rehabilitation of back injuries. In order to prevent a recurrence of back pain, it is essential to re-train the deep abdominal & spinal muscles. Pilates provides people with a method of exercise that focuses on correct movement quality, not quantity, core stabilisation and postural correction.
Why is this class better than others?
Modified Pilates classes are taught by a Chartered Physiotherapist who is trained in the diagnosis & treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders. The instructor will be able to assess your suitability for Pilates and modify exercises according to your needs. Classes are limited to small numbers to ensure individual attention.
With the traditional method of Pilates, it was easy to injure yourself without proper instruction & supervision. Through research carried out over the last 20 years – led largely by the physiotherapy profession, ‘modified’ Pilates has been developed. This new approach takes the traditional repertoire and breaks it down into levels so each individual can safely & comfortably progress to the next level.
As well as being great for developing a leaner, more toned body, Pilates can be an excellent way to prevent the recurrence of your back & neck pain. Research has shown the need for the training of your stabilising muscles to ensure you prevent your back injury from returning once it has been treated by our clinicians. Additionally, Pilates is useful for creating a more stable base for controlled upper body & lower limb movements in sports or in everyday life.
The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) is firmly established as the leading force in the delivery of safe and effective Pilates teacher training for physiotherapists and is now widely recognized as a quality standard for Pilates in physiotherapy.
With all one-to-one and class instructors from the APPI being health professionals, clients are provided with the highest standard of care. Individual modifications are made to take into account any medical or physical conditions to ensure safety.