What is Pilates?
Clinical Pilates classes are small group (maximum 4 people) mat classes instructed by a physiotherapist, which take you through a series of exercises and stretches to strengthen the body's 'core'. The core is made up of the deep stomach muscles, deep back extensors and the gluteal stabilisers. A strong core supports the spine which is essential to decrease the chance of straining the back muscles or discs. A stable core creates a solid foundation for the remaining joints in the body to move on, therefore retraining the core musculature is also a vital aspect in rehabilitation of all peripheral joint injuries. These classes also help to manage pain associated with arthritis and osteoporosis and improve bone density through weight-bearing exercise.