Pilates is a specific system of exercises. It is named after its founder Joseph Pilates, who began to develop his ideas in a World War I prisoner of war camp while helping injured prisoners to recover from war injuries. He then moved to New York in the 1920’s, where he set up a studio. In the early days his exercises were embraced by the dance world, who found the movements strengthened and enhanced performance. In the event of an injury, Plates exercises also maintained strength and assisted with rehabilitation. More recently, physiotherapists have embraced Pilates because it provides core stability and specific strength needed by so many of our clients experiencing persistent back pain.
I am Pilates trained, and use this form of matwork based exercises as an assessment tool to highlight muscle groups that require further conditioning. Likewise I am experienced to teach Pilates as a 1-1 session for strength/flexibility and to prescribe individual exercises from the Pilates approach.