What is Pilates?

Pilates is a moderate form of exercise that can improve balance, flexibility, circulation, posture and help you to relax. Pilates is similar to yoga but with a greater focus on strengthening the core abdominal and back muscles. Traditional Pilates was developed in the 20th Century by Joseph Pilates, for fit and healthy people. The programme focuses on the core postural muscles, which help keep the body balanced and are essential for providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breathing and alignment of the spine, head, neck and shoulder blades. It incorporates strengthening of the deep abdominal muscles, which are particularly important to alleviate and prevent back pain. Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level.

Is Pilates right for you?

Pilates can help with: 
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • After orthopaedic surgery such as spinal surgery, total hip and total knee replacement, shoulder surgery
  • Sport injury rehabilitation
  • Women’s health or pelvic floor strengthening
  • Postural problems 
Pilates is not recommended if any of the following statements apply to you: 
  • You have orthopaedic conditions that cause pain or limit ability to move up and down from the floor
  • You have an acute condition (but it can be considered once pain has settled)
  • You’ve recently had orthopaedic surgery (but it can be considered after approximately six weeks)
  • You are in the first three months after open heart surgery
  • You have uncontrolled high or unstable blood pressure
  • You are in the first six weeks after childbirth 
Pilates at BMI: 

Clients will be required to attend an introductory session lasting up to one hour, one to one with a chartered physiotherapist. During that session you will be fully assessed and goals and expectations will be discussed. It will also include the teaching of the basic Pilates principles. 

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Following this first assessment you will continue to work one to one with the physiotherapist to achieve your goals. 

We recommend you attend 6 sessions of 30 minutes on a weekly basis. Our goal is that you will be competent to continue your Pilates programme at home, keeping you healthy for the future.

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