Pilates…what’s it all about?

Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. As a poorly child he spent most of his life improving his physical strength integrating his gymnastic and body building background into what we now know as ‘Pilates’. Joseph Pilates immigrated to the US in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method, which he called “contrology” for several decades.

Pilates today is used to improve posture, flexibility and strength. Many people do pilates when they have back pain or neck pain as well as strengthening the core following child birth. As with exercise that feeling of well-being and satisfaction is often felt following a session. For elite athletes, including dancers, pilates can complement training by developing whole-body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury.

What muscles make up our ‘core’?

Local muscles that form our core are activated with pilates. We think of these muscles like a corset – they stiffen and stabilise segments of the back. An example of this type of activation is in the video below.

We are very excited to be introducing a variety of classes including Pilates to our weekly timetable at our new Rehabilitation Centre in Caversham. Keep an eye on our website or ask your Physiotherapist or Massage Therapist for further information.