If you’re looking for a long term solution for problems such as Low Back Pain, mid back pain or Shoulder Pain, then an exercise programme, guided by a qualified Physiotherapist may be the right option for you.
For many painful conditions, exercising regularly to work on improving your strength, control and coordination is the most effective form of long term management.
At C-Physio, our Clinical Pilates Sessions provide exactly that – supervised, personalised exercise programmes, focussed on your problems.
Whether you’re suffering in pain or you just want to get fitter, you’ll be able to exercise in a controlled environment with award-winning support from one of our experienced Physiotherapists. Give us a call and you’ll be guaranteed a comprehensive assessment. Following your assessment, your APPI Pilates trained Physiotherapist can work with you on a 1:1 basis, or guide you into one of our APPI Modified Pilates Classes, whichever solution is best for you.
And with a variety of Class levels, you’ll be able to work at the right level to suit your condition.
Our Class Levels:
If you’re wondering if Pilates is right for you, read more to find out some of the more common questions I am asked about Pilates and our Clinical Pilates classes at C-Physio.
C-Physio Pilates Services for You
- Pilates assessment
- Introduction to Pilates
- Pilates classes
- Private tuition
- Physio-led Pilates
- Pilates with small equipment
C-Physio provide all the equipment you need for our standard Pilates classes including mats, head blocks and knee blocks.
In addition we can provide you with the following equipment, subject to your level and ability:
- Balance pads
- Foam rollers
- Massage balls
- Ova balls
- Resistance bands
- Weighted balls
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical fitness system of exercises designed to strengthen the body in a balanced and even manner, concentrating on using the core strength to improve general fitness while increasing wellbeing.
Who originated Pilates?
The system was developed by Joseph Pilates, a German who immigrated to America in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York. His methods were influenced by various forms of exercise including boxing, gymnastics and Greco-Roman wrestling.
Is Pilates right for me?
Pilates has something to offer to just about everyone, irrespective of their age or fitness level. The exercises performed and equipment used is adapted for each level, from beginner to competitive athlete.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Whilst there has been little scientific research into the health benefits of Pilates, regular practitioners confirm that regular exercise improves posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility. Elite athletes and professional dancers say that Pilates compliments their regular training by developing whole body strength and flexibility and reducing the risk of injury.
What areas of the body does Pilates target?
Pilates concentrates on your core which comprises your abdominal and spinal areas. Your legs will also be toned and strengthened, especially your upper thighs and buttocks. Because Pilates also helps keep your joints flexible it is especially useful for arthritis sufferers.
What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates adds the crucial element of clinical knowledge to your Pilates exercises. Following a clinical assessment, we use our physiotherapy and exercise physiology training to select Pilates exercises to meet your specific individual needs.
Can Pilates relieve my back pain?
There is evidence that Pilates can provide pain relief for patients suffering with non-specific lower back pain. At C-Physio we tailor your exercise to your individual needs.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Both systems aim to improve strength, balance, flexibility, posture and breathing technique. In addition they both emphasise the links between physical and mental health. Pilates is performed on mats and apparatus whereas yoga does not incorporate equipment and has an emphasis on relaxation, including meditation. Pilates exercises are performed as a flowing series of moves rather than the static poses of yoga.
Can I do Pilates at home?
Pilates can be practised at home as the only requirements are a mat and loose clothing. There are plenty of DVDs and videos available to guide you. However, especially if you are a beginner, it would probably benefit you to attend some classes first to help you assess your fitness level and learn the correct way of performing certain movements. That way you will reduce the risk of injury.
The 5 Key Elements of Pilates
As Joseph Pilates himself said, “a few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion”.
These are the 5 key elements of Pilates:
1.  Lateral Breathing
Pilates will help you correct and improve your breathing technique in order to increase the amount of oxygen getting to your muscles. Many people only use a fraction of their lung’s capacity, missing out on the benefits of correct and efficient breathing.
Pilates aims to provide a strong central core for your body, concentrating on the abdominal, lower back and pelvic floor muscles.
3.  Ribcage Placement
When resting your ribcage should align directly above your pelvis. Many people allow their ribcage to settle in a more forward position, resulting in poor posture, muscle tightness and pain. Pilates can correct this for you.
4.  Shoulder Blade Placement
You need stability around your shoulder blades to allow your arms and neck adequate and efficient movement. Pilates will teach you how to properly set your shoulders on your shoulder blades, effectively widening your collarbone.
5.  Head and Neck Placement
Poor posture and placement leads to stress around the head and neck. Using Pilates techniques can help you lengthen the back of your neck and achieve the correct posture.