At Blackpool Physiotherapy Clinic we integrate our Physiotherapy knowledge with the Pilates principles of movement to provide a unique service that complements the medical management of many common musculoskeletal disorders.
What is Pilates?
The Pilates method is a low impact form of body conditioning, originally developed in the early 20th Century by Joseph Pilates. It wasn’t until the early 90’s that Pilates as a system of exercise started to make a resurgence when links were suggested that it may fit in the wave of spinal research that was coming from Australia at the time. With an emphasis on strength, flexibility and control, Pilates has become a very popular means of improving core stability. It is a very effective way to condition the body while improving function and preventing both injury and pain. It can be modified to suit people from all walks of life, meaning that anyone from seniors to professional athletes can practice pilates and reap the benefits. The main emphasis is on core stability, which refers to strength, control and flexibility in the region bounded by the abdomen, pelvis, low back and diaphragm. Good function and balance in this area is a foundation for excellent movement.
How does pilates work?
Research into the complex nature of spinal stability has established that, essentially, we have two types of muscle groups which contribute to the controlled movement of our spine in day to day life.
More specifically, we have one group that produces movement (the ‘superficial’ or ‘movement’ muscles), and another group that provides the control for these movements (the ‘deep’ or ‘core’ muscles).
Pilates exercises focus on activating these core muscles, and then retraining them to support the spine as the ‘movement’ muscles act to move our bodies. In this way, pilates has been proven to be an effective method for strengthening the spine, improving posture, and reducing the risk of future back pain or injury.
Pilates is a popular exercise form which embodies many of the principles of back care and postural education which have been proven by physiotherapists through scientific research to reduce back pain and optimise spinal and joint health.
What is special about physiotherapist-led pilates?
All of our Pilates classes are led only by Chartered Physiotherapists who are skilled at identifying optimal movement patterns and modifying exercises on the needs of an individual. As experts in movement analysis, biomechanics, postural re-education, exercise prescription and back care, Chartered Physiotherapists are highly skilled in the fundamentals and ‘the science’ behind Pilates instruction. Our Physiotherapists are all degree level practitioners and have distinguished level of knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, strength and conditioning and the latest scientific research.
Our aim is to provide every client with the benefits of the Pilates method. Our pilates programmes do not require a high level of fitness to begin with. At Blackpool Physiotherapy Clinic we integrate our Physiotherapy knowledge with the Pilates principles of movement to provide a service that complements the medical management of many common musculoskeletal disorders. These classes are therefore appropriate for a gradual return to exercise following an injury, episode of low back pain or period of inactivity. Our pilates programmes do not require a high level of fitness to begin with. Where necessary, our Physiotherapists are able to adapt the class structure for individuals with a history of pain or pathology. Physiotherapy led Pilates is also ideal for the athletic population as a low impact cross-training option and to help prevent injuries.
What are the benefits of pilates?
Longer leaner muscles allowing for better flexibility
Improves postural problems and body awareness
Increases core strength and stability
No-impact and therefore easy on the joints
Improves performance in sports, balance and coordination.
Complements other form of exercise
Helps prevent injury
Our focus is on precise, controlled movements with the emphasis on quality and form rather than the number of repetitions. Regular sessions will develop your concentration and focus, thereby enabling you to get the full mind-body benefits that Pilates can provide.
Ready to start?
Please feel free to contact us (reception 0852802877) or fill out a screening from and we will contact you. We highly recommend an initial assessment for any of our studio Pilates classes. This is to ensure a thorough assessment, understand your goals in participating in classes to ensure you get the most out of the sessions.