What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise used to improve balance, strength, posture, flexibility and circulation.
It focuses on strengthening the core abdominal and back muscles. Pilates may have benefits for everyone, but it can be particularly beneficial for:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Following surgery1
Pilates can also teach you to have a greater awareness of breathing, alignment of the spine, head, neck and shoulder blades.
How much do Pilates classes cost?
An initial assessment with a physiotherapist starts from £54*, with no need for a GP referral.
Why have Pilates classes at BMI Healthcare?
- Choice of locations - many BMI Healthcare physiotherapy departments offer Pilates classes, meaning patients have access to physio-led Pilates treatments throughout our UK network of hospitals
- One-to-one tuition - our chartered physiotherapists lead one-to-one introductory sessions where you will be fully assessed and your goals and expectations will be discussed
- Fast access - you don't need a GP referral to access Pilates services at BMI Healthcare. We offer appointments, usually within 48 hours, so you can start achieving your goals as soon as possible. If you have private medical insurance, check with your insurer before booking your appointment
- What should I expect from Pilates?
You'll have a one-to-one introductory session with one of our chartered physiotherapists. You'll have a full assessment and your goals and expectations will be discussed. During this session you'll also learn the basic principles of Pilates. Following your assessment, you will continue to work on a one-to-one basis with your physiotherapist. We also offer group Pilates sessions if you prefer.
- How can Pilates help me?
Pilates works by training the muscles to function as they naturally should. If you've been suffering with aches and pains, it could mean that some muscle groups have been over or under-performing, which can affect your posture and movement, and lead to pain or injury. The idea behind Pilates is to retrain the correct muscles to help restore alignment, balance, strength and flexibility.
- What level of fitness do I need to do Pilates?
Pilates can be suitable for many people, regardless of age or fitness level. Your physiotherapist will establish if you have any special requirements we need to consider and tailor the session to meet your needs.
- How many sessions will I need?
A typical course of group sessions is six, however individual sessions may vary depending on your goals. You will learn the basic principles, which will allow you to continue your exercises at home in the long term.
*This is a starting from price and varies by hospital