The Pilates Conditioning Process
Pilates is a conditioning process for the body which strengthens from the inside out. A key feature in Pilates is to isolate deep postural muscles which offers the body support to then helps you to maintain a good posture. From this we are then able to perform specific controlled exercises. Over time you will gradually build up your strength and endurance. Physiologically it takes approximately 6 weeks for functional strength to improve, when attending 2-3 sessions per week, this applies to any strengthening program.
Pilates aims to cover all aspects of your conditioning, excluding aerobic fitness.
If practiced consistently, Pilates helps to:
- Improves flexibility and range of movement
- Build strength and endurance
- Enhance body awareness and posture
- Improve co-ordination
Key focus areas
There is an emphasis on maintaining a neutral pelvis and focusing on breathing as well as being aware of shoulder and neck posture. In Pilates we want to focus on reducing muscle imbalances, which often lead to injury and pain. Pilates’ system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced, so the intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
Pilates is suitable for most people, including:
- Men and women of all ages
- Pregnant and post- natal women
- Cross-training athletes
- People rehabilitating from injury or surgery
If you are unsure if Pilates would be suitable for you, please discuss this further with your physiotherapist.
What to expect
Prior to starting your Pilates classes, you are required to do an initial assessment. This will allow us to design a program specifically tailored to your needs, and to set some goals for what you would like to achieve in Pilates. In your assessment you will also be introduced to some of the basic Pilates exercises and how to activate your pelvic floor muscles and deep abdominals.