Clinical Pilates is a form of therapeutic exercise that focuses on correct posture, activation, strengthening and improving endurance of the core stabilising muscles, balance, control, flexibility and breathing. The Pilates Method was founded by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany in an attempt to rehabilitate injured soldiers and return them to the battlefield as soon as possible. With current physiotherapy research on spinal stability, Joseph Pilates’ traditional exercises have been modified and resultant exercises selected carefully and purposefully for patients with specific injuries.
Clinical Pilates promotes leaner, longer muscles for enhanced flexibility and overall muscle tone, in addition to strengthening the inner stabilising muscles around the low back, abdomen and pelvic floor to assist in preventing low back pain recurrence. The Clinical Pilates sessions always include a pelvic floor muscle focus to ensure no undue strain is placed on these muscles.
Rehabilitation is provided for clients who have back or neck pain, sports injuries, joint surgery, reduced fitness levels, poor flexibility or balance issues, for pregnant or post-natal women, and for higher-level clients who want to improve their core stability for improved athletic performance and muscle recruitment efficiency.