Pilates. What is it and how can it help you?

The popularity of the Pilates method has grown incredibly over the last 20 years thanks to its many high profile celebrity advocates and its presence on social media, television and in magazines. There’s no doubt you’ve heard about it – but what actually is Pilates, and how can it help you?

Originally named ‘Contrology’, the Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s with the basic foundations still utilised in modern day Pilates over 100 years later.

Pilates is a method of exercise intended to improve strength, flexibility, muscular control, body awareness and posture through slow, low impact movements.

We live in a world where we all sit more and move less and our posture is suffering big time. I could rattle off the many postural issues I see on a daily basis and the flow on impacts from it. However, the take away message from this is poor posture leads to muscle tightness, weakness and imbalances, and of course, pain!

That’s where Pilates comes in! The Pilates method involves a balance of stretching the typically tight muscles and strengthening the typically weak while improving posture and targeting the underlying stabilising core muscles to prevent and treat back pain.

The best part about Pilates? It is suitable for everyone, from the beginner through to the elite athlete with growing research supporting the benefits of Clinical Pilates in the rehabilitation world.

If you’re interested in finding out more about clinical Pilates and how it can help you, contact us at The Injury Hub on 8522 4232.

By Millie Christou