What is Pilates?
Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates during World War 1 as a form of Rehabilitation in a Prisoner of War hospital. It was found that those doing the exercises were recovering faster than others. After the war Joe took this exercise routine to New York and Pilates was born. It has evolved over time but many of the original exercises are still used today in some variation.
Pilates is a variety of exercises that are based around strength, posture, good breathing techniques, mind and body connection to name a few of the aims. The exercises can be scaled up or down depending on each individual’s ability.
Why Physio-led Pilates?
Physiotherapists have modified Joseph Pilates’ exercises as result of the increased research available with regards to exercise, health, fitness and rehabilitation. Pilates is still used within Hospitals as well as private practices, gyms and community settings around the world. As it evolves there are different variations of Pilates, some are more suitable for fitness and some for Rehabilitation.
Given that Physiotherapists are trained to treat and rehabilitate people from the most severe illness and injury, right through to elite athletes, we are well placed to offer Pilates to everyone. At Pilates by Physio our classes reflect this, with 1-1 sessions for those looking for bespoke rehabilitation through to our advanced and HIIT classes for the fitness aficionado.