|Pilates, an eighty year old exercise format, has over the last decade gained considerable scientific respect as an powerful and effective rehabilitation tool.|
Founded by Josef Pilates in the 1930’s, Pilates rapidly gained popularity among dancers, both modern and ballet for its apparently amazing ability to strengthen the trunk while making muscles lean and strong rather than bulked-up, as occurs with other muscle strengthening regimes.
Chartered Physiotherapists became interested in Pilates some 15-20 years ago in response to ground breaking university research. The scientifically proven finding is that restrengthening the deep lumbo-pelvic muscles has positive long term effect in preventing recurrent episodes of back pain. These deep muscles are the exact ones targeted by Josef Pilates many years previously, when he coined the phrase ‘core stability’.
When Josef Pilates devised the Pilates Programme in the 1930’s he did so without the benefit of scientific knowledge, yet decades later, his principles have been validated and reached wide acceptance both within medical rehabilitation and the fitness world.
The benefits of Pilates are multiple and are applicable whether the regime is used because of a specific medical condition or not. Ongoing university research has identified the following benefits:
- longer leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
- improved postural problems
- increased core strength of the lumbo-pelvic region, along with improved mobility of the spine and limbs
- enhanced functional fitness
- balanced strength and flexibility
- heightened body awareness
- no impact, easy on worn joints
- improved performance in sport e.g. golf, football, soccer, tennis
- improved balance, coordination and circulation
The basic principle of Pilates is to gain ‘core stability’. Research has identified a number of different muscle strategies for achieving correct core stability, along with a number of commonly occurring muscle ‘cheats’. So unless an individual is taught the correct core stability strategy for them, the known benefits will not occur. This is why Chartered Physiotherapists usually perform an individual physical assessment and teach the ideal strategy for each person prior to joining a Pilates classes. Pre-class assessment allows the class to be individually customised to suit a number presentations. It also means that Pilates can be offered at different levels of complexity.
TherapyXperts Chartered Physiotherapists are currently involved in scientific research on Pilates here in Ireland in conjunction with University College Dublin.
|Pilates Classes, TherapyXperts Maynooth|
Pilates classes recommence for spring 2010 on the week of April 12th. Running for 10 weeks from April to June, a Beginners class is held on Tuesday evenings at 6.0-7.0 pm, followed by an Intermediate class from 7.0-8.0 pm. Another Beginners class is held on Wednesday mornings from 10.0-11.0 am. All classes are led by TherapyXperts' certified Pilates Instructor Genevieve Fay, Chartered Physiotherapist. 10 places are available in each class. Classes are held in The North Kildare Club, The Maws, Kilcock.
Beginners must complete an individual assessment pre-class to ensure that the individual is medically and physically fit for this type of exercise.
Bookings are now being taken at 01 6289341 or to email@example.com.