What is Pilates?

Pilates in Athy

Pilates has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in those with low back pain, musculoskeletal injuries, and other degenerative conditions. Pilates is a form of non-impact exercise, aimed at improving flexibility, balance, strength and lumbopelvic control (Cuddy and Gaskell, 2020). It is named after Joseph H. Pilates and was developed from his ‘Contrology’ exercise regime (i.e., the science of movement) (Owsley, 2005).

The Pilates principles involve breathing, concentration, control, precision and flow. The Pilates method targets the deep postural muscles of the body, while simultaneously controlling the muscles causing movement. It is a versatile and adaptable form of exercise, making it appropriate for all fitness levels (Cuddy and Gaskell, 2020). Pilates has been shown to improve muscle tone, joint mobility and body awareness, while reducing muscle tension and relieving stress (Kloubec, 2014; Wells et al., 2014).

It has also been shown to be an effective method of rehabilitation, following injury or illness, or as a form of injury prevention (Byrnes et al., 2018).

If you are interested in joining a Pilates class here at Harrigan Physiotherapy, you can get it touch via Facebook, Instagram (harrigan_physiotherapy), or phone (087 1098036)

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