Author: Matthew Craig, bounceREHAB Director/Principal Physiotherapist
Co-Authors: Kathryn Edwards, bounceREHAB Pilates Director & Jack Raymond, bounceREHAB Physiotherapist
What is Pilates?
Pilates, formally known as Contrology, is a physical exercise developed in the early 20th century named after its creator; Joseph Pilates. The discipline has been referred to as “corrective exercise” and “medical gymnastic” as it aims to improve many biomechanics deficits as well as overall health.
There are a number of versions of pilates taught today, some with varying principles and apparatuses. bounceREHAB Pilates is a system of exercise with emphasis on posture alignment, core, conditioning and breathing. We adhere firmly to exercises science principles while addressing the practicality and functionality of exercise. bounceREHAB continues to be at the forefront of evidence based practice, as we constantly update our practise in line with recent research.
What is the objective of pilates at bounceREHAB?
- To provide a safe form of exercise for general conditioning, athletic performance, rehabilitation and lifestyle benefit
- To enhance patient recovery from acute to chronic pathologies
- To help improve posture and work place related dysfunction
- To reduce the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction
- To provide an inspiring and fun physical activity
- Injury prevention
- Relieves stress and back pain
- Increases flexibility and mobility
- Increases muscular strength
- Improves posture
- Improves joint stability
- Improve athletic performance
What is it?
Mat work is where it all started. A foam mat is your work space as the instructor works you through a series of exercises with the option of adding accessories like elastic bands, loops, rollers, core balls, weights.
But don’t be fooled, advanced mat classes can be the most challenging of all because you’re using your body all the time, the reformer isn’t there assisting or supporting you. While doing Pilates on a Mat instead of a Reformer may not seem as exciting or challenging, many clients see results (improved strength, posture, agility, flexibility, toned muscles) within just a few mat sessions.
What is it?
Reformer Pilates is similar yet very different to Mat based Pilates. Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates Reformer machine and is generally more intense and more dynamic than mat based Pilates. This is the best-known and most popular form of pilates today, it is named for “universally reforming the body”.
The Pilates Reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment, originally designed by Joseph Pilates while living in a World War I internment camp to help rehabilitate immobilised soldiers.
Many people are intimidated when they first see the Reformer, but put any fears you may have aside because after just one or two workouts on a reformer you realise it is the most versatile and effective piece of exercise equipment ever made, and it’s great fun too!
The Reformer acts as a support system for the body by helping assist it into proper form. It adds resistance to the Pilates exercises via the use of the springs that form part of the machine. Extra springs can be added to build strength in the bigger muscle groups, or lower springs can be utilised to challenge the stabilising muscles. This also allows for an incredible level of variability where each person can work at an intensity suited to their individual capacity, including those with limited range of movement or injuries.
Reformer Pilates is suited to anyone! Whether you are 7 or 97, the Reformer can work with your body’s needs. Reformer Pilates is a great form of strength, postural, flexibility, balance and endurance training and can be designed to target one specific area, smaller muscle groups, or as a whole body muscular exercise.
What is it?
If you think this will be like young ballerinas prancing around a piece of wood stuck to the wall then you are horribly wrong. Barre is a step above the rest, it is an intense full body work out designed to increase your heart rate and get you sweating. It has a focus on isometric exercises, great for weight loss, toning, aerobic fitness and really getting your sweat on.
Barre Combines Pilates, yoga and ballet moves to give you beautiful, sculpted, lean muscles – without the impact and injuries dancers endure. Lengthening muscles, while strengthening them.
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