What is Pilates? What is the difference between Clinical Pilates and Pilates?

- Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's.

- Pilates is a conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture. The mind and body are brought together to achieve these aims through the following eight sound principles: Concentration, centering, breathing, isolation, routine, precision, control and flowing movement.

- Clinical pilates is a series of mat based exercises in various different body positions which have been adapted by physiotherapists to make them more suitable for patients with back and neck pain, and those recovering from injury.

- Clinical pilates is a relaxing and gentle form of exercise. It is run in small classes to enable the patient and physiotherapist to work together to ensure that the exercises are being completed correctly and so that if required the exercises can be adapted on a one to one basis.

- By completing pilates exercises regularly, it can help to improve your posture, strength and flexibility alongside a healthy lifestyle.

- Many patients find that pilates is a useful form of exercise when returning to their normal hobbies/sports following injury.

- Evidence supports the use of the pilates method in the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. By retraining the deep abdominal and spinal muscles, pilates can help to prevent the recurrence of back pain in combination with correct back care and advice, and gentle aerobic activity.