We understand that it can be a little intimidating to trial a new type of exercise, so we've outlined the history and benefits of Pilates below, along with some of the frequently asked questions regarding our Pilates classes.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions regarding our Pilates classes or how they might benefit you.
Pilates is a series of exercises where controlled movement is performed from a stable core. It can be very gentle or physically demanding (or somewhere in the middle). It is suitable for all ages and stages of rehabilitation and fitness.
• Improved flexibility
• Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of the abdominals, back, scapula and buttocks
• Balanced muscular strength on both sides of the body
• Enhanced muscular control of the back and limbs
• Improved stabilisation of the spine • Greater awareness of posture
• Improved physical coordination and balance • Improved overall joint lubrication and muscle fitness
• Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
• Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
Please contact us if you’d like to know how Pilates may be able to help you.
In the early 1900s Joseph Pilates developed a system of exercises (which he referred to as ‘Contrology’) for circus performers and dancers. It differed from other Western exercise in that it emphasised:
• mental concentration in the way the movements were performed
• control of all aspects of each movement
• the centre or core of the body as being the stable foundation of all movement
• the precision, efficiency and flow of movement
• the importance of breathing during exercise.
In the 1990s, Paul Hodges and the physiotherapy team at University of Queensland found that the deepest abdominal muscles were of primary importance in protecting the spine during movement. Further research found that the core stability produced by these deep trunk muscles was greatly decreased after back injury and that these muscles did not recover on their own without specific exercises.
Since then, Pilates has been embraced by the physiotherapy profession and recognised as a valuable complementary therapy and great aid to treatment, general fitness and wellbeing.
Appointments can be made by phoning us on 3857 5815 or through our online booking system.
Each of our Pilates group sessions runs for 60 minutes.
Wear comfortable shorts or tights with a singlet or t-shirt and socks. You won’t require shoes for any part of your Pilates program. Grip socks are available for purchase, or regular socks are satisfactory for most exercises.
Many private health funds will provide cover for Pilates at our practice, as all clients are fully supervised by a physiotherapist while undertaking a completely personalised Pilates program. Please feel free to contact us for more information, or contact your health fund directly.