“I am 50 years ahead of my time”. J.H. Pilates
Joseph Pilates was probably right. Far from being just another fitness craze, Pilates has now established itself as a valuable rehabilitation tool. in the 1980's Exercise Science finally caught up with the many physical and mental health benefits Pilates has to offer. By integrating modern anatomical and bio-mechanical thinking, Clinical Pilates, as it is more commonly referred to, has many of the classical exercises broken down into smaller sequences yet remains deeply rooted in the traditional well constructed philosophy of the original Pilates Method. Through its versatility and adaptability Pilates continues to evolve and is nowadays one of the most effective and safe adjuncts to physiotherapy rehabilitation. Clinical Pilates is goal orientated, aimed at addressing issues identified in your initial physiotherapy assessment. Regular re-assessments will be carried out by the physiotherapist to review the goals and potentially modify these. Pilates works the deepest structures in your body. This gives you the building blocks for core stability. It is a natural progression from / addition to the work with your health practitioner. Research has shown that the most successful way to rehabilitate from an injury or to prevent re-injury is to have a combination of manual therapy, education on the mechanism of your injury and an exercise program which helps to re-establish sound movement patterns. Besides the usual Pilates apparatus you will find modern equipment such as the Corealign and a variety of small equipment such as fit rings, physio balls and foamrollers. The Corealign was developed in recent years to combine Pilates principles with physiotherapy. It can be used in both the orthopaedic and neurological setting.