Pilates is a safe, low impact and whole body exercise with countless health benefits. It promotes strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. It helps reduce back pain, increase range of motion in joints and improves posture. It can also help prevent and recover from injuries. Whether you are recovering from an injury, looking for a new form of exercise, or wanting to enhance your pre-existing exercise program, pilates can be adapted for all abilities and fitness levels.
While pilates has become increasingly popular as a fitness exercise, it is important to choose an experienced instructor with the appropriate training. A quality instructor is worth their weight in gold and will teach you correct posture, breathing techniques and movement patterns that are essential for injury prevention and maximising the benefits of pilates.
Pilates is most famous for its focus on the “core” which consists of all the surrounding muscles of the trunk that when strengthened and pliable, can act like a support and stabilise the entire body (1-3). A strong core can also help prevent and alleviate many common problems including poor posture, shoulder or back pain, and scoliosis. Pilates also teaches proper breathing, which can be beneficial to the heart and respiratory system (4, 5).
In addition to strengthening the core muscles, Pilates is known for improving the alignment of the spine and balancing opposing muscle groups. This can relieve a number of issues including poor posture, headaches and neck/back pain, as well as reducing the risk of future injury (6, 7).
During your first consultation at Phytness, you will meet with a physiotherapist for a one-on-one pre-assessment. This will allow the therapist to take a detailed medical and physical history as well as understand your goals, expectations and any limitations or injury concerns. This will allow them to tailor your treatment plan to best suit you. This may involve a combination of traditional physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates.
Clinical Pilates is a more comprehensive approach than just mat exercises and uses state of the art equipment including reformer beds, Wunda chairs, foam rollers, Bosu balls, swiss balls and more to offer a variety of both strength and balance based movements using spring loaded resistance. The equipment is able to provide much more variation than mat work, making it suitable for beginners to advanced fitness professionals, whilst offering a level of challenge that is safe and supportive for those recovering from injury (8, 9).
For the ultimate pilates wollongong experience book in a class with an expert instructor at KX Pilates Wollongong. This studio is equipped with all the latest and most advanced Pilates equipment in the Illawarra, providing a welcoming space for individuals of all abilities to learn how to use their bodies optimally. The studio offers both private and group based classes with small group sizes to ensure attention is given to each individual.