Pilates, originally, was developed by Joseph H. Pilates during World War I, as a way of exercising against resistance in an attempt to help bedridden soldiers of the war. It evolved over the years into a practice very commonly used by the dance community. Today, Pilates is more of a concept and the exercises have modernized, as has the equipment, to be more individually directed to suit the needs of the person practicing it. Pilates continues to have a strong connection in the world of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
Pilates is not just about “the core” but yet, it is all about the core and the mind-body connection. Using a variety of equipment that is often spring-loaded, the exercises are low impact in nature making them safe for most joints throughout the healing process from injury. Pilates is designed to build strength, endurance, body awareness, balance and good posture. It improves flexibility, joint mobility, and breathing control. Exercise quality is the focus rather than quantity. And, as you’ll discover, sometimes the lighter the resistance, the more challenging the exercise!
As Pilates can be incorporated both in the injured and non-injured population, here, at City Sports + Physio Clinic, we offer Traditional Pilates as well as Clinical Pilates.
Traditional Pilates – Taught by a pilates instructor , one-on-one, who can teach you to incorporate Pilates into part of your every day health and wellness routine. They can coordinate with your physio (if you have one!) to ensure you are focussing on areas of need within your body however you do not need to be seeing a physio to attend Pilates.
Clinical Pilates – Typically done when injured, and/or throughout the healing stages of your injury. This can be covered by most extended medical health plans under Physiotherapy. It is the client’s responsibility to confirm the details of their insurance parameters.
This is delivered by Physiotherapists who have trained in Clinical Pilates. There are a variety of Pilates training programs available to physiotherapists – Calibrate, Stott, Balanced Body and more. Clinical Pilates begins with a physiotherapy assessment in order to then design a customized program addressing your specific movement goals and your body’s needs. (Fee: $145/hour).
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