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!

Using Pilates exercises within our Physiotherapy sessions is referred to as Clinical Pilates. Here at City Sports & Physiotherapy, some of our physiotherapists have studied Clinical Pilates and incorporate it into their treatment sessions.  We also have a Pilates instructor who teaches one-on-one sessions, both for patients who are currently undergoing physiotherapy, as well as for those of you who have been discharged from physiotherapy but want to continue the practice of Pilates as a way of life.

If you have any questions about Pilates at City Sports & Physiotherapy, please contact us!

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