What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a mix of floor and equipment-based exercises designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the whole body, but can assist greatly with rehabilitation of specific injuries.It's a combination of techniques from a number of disciplines - including yoga, self defence and dance - creating a mind-body control approach that aims to increase core strength and balance, as well as general fitness and well-being.

As it doesn't involve an explosive release of energy, bulky weights or pouring sweat, and requires no specialist clothing, Pilates appeals to those after a quieter approach to all-over body strength and well-being.

Athletes find the Pilates emphasis on core body strength adds a missing aspect to their training regime. Pilates offers a more specific work-out that complements any gym or other exercise programme.

Pilates is safe and effective for rehabilitation and ideal for improving performance in a wide range of sport and play. Our customised Studio Pilates Programmes emphasise core strength, endurance, flexibility, and body awareness. We focus on improving posture and core strength, joint mobility and stability, muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, body awareness and control.

We have seen the proven benefits from our clients and how Pilates has reduced their risk of injury as well as limiting the incidence of muscle and joint pain.

Explore our website to find out we can offer you recovery, fitness or rehabitation.

Brief Pilates History

What is Pilates?Pilates, developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900's, was initially used for the rehabilitation of war veterans. It was later modified and used as a rehabilitation tool for ballet dancers. While initially using floor exercises that used the body as a resistance tool, Joseph Pilates invented and refined equipment designed to offer further spring resistance.

Since the 1970s, Pilates' international popularity has exploded. The Back In Motion team have modified Pilates to include exercise and rehabilitation programmes for everyone.

Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is safe and effective for rehabilitation and ideal for improving performance in a wide range of sport and play. Our customised Studio Pilates Programmes emphasise core strength, endurance, flexibility, and body awareness. We focus on improving posture and core strength, joint mobility and stability, muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, body awareness and control.We have seen the proven benefits from our client base of over 500 clients and how Pilates has reduced their risk of injury as well as limiting the incidence of muscle and joint pain.Explore our website to find out we can offer you recovery, fitness or rehabilitation.

Testimonials

Here is what our customers say about our Pilates Services

‘Ten years ago a friend and I were looking for an exercise option which would address some of the concerns of middle age for women such as maintaining flexibility, balance, coordination and core strength. We saw Pilates being advertised at Back in Motion so we signed up with two other friends. Consequently we have attended a weekly class ever since.’
We have enjoyed the friendly non threatening environment and the personal attention of the instructors. They are all qualified Physiotherapists or Exercise Professionals as well as being qualified Pilates instructors so they are experts in the movement and function of the body. If we have any particular needs at any time then these have been targeted.
For example I experienced a tear in my rotator cuff so the programme was tailored for me to restore strength to my shoulder which was most effective and helped with the rehabilitation of the injury.The session is always well paced and offers a wide variety of exercises both on the floor and on the reformers. Different items of equipment are also used to vary the programme and provide interest. The focus on mental agility is an important factor in each class as we attempt to achieve the fine balance of mind and body working together. We have all benefited from the sense of well being and general fitness that Pilates provides and the quiet supportive approach to the exercise sessions is very appealing.
The coffee following the class is also much appreciated!!!

“After years as a keen netballer, tennis player, reckless skier and mother of four now grown up babies, my back is pretty had-it.  Thanks to Pilates, which I have been doing for the past four years, I no longer get back pain and keep enjoying life with my usual vim and vigour.  I recommend it whole heartedly to anyone with a dodgy back and because Back in Motion Pilates is run by a physiotherapy practice you can have every confidence that you are in good hands and will benefit greatly from the classes or gym sessions.”

Ann Barrowclough
Pilates class.

“I really find that the mat class keeps my fused spine supple and the exercises make me hold my tummy tighter, make me walk taller and gives me an hour of pure reflection  “

Pilates for...

Pilates for Rehabilitation

Our Pilates instructors will  work with your health team to provide detailed analysis of movement and corrective exercise utilising mat  studio equipment general fitness equipment and home exercises to restore faulty movement patterns and assit in prevention of recurrence feeling of wellbeing and musculoskeletal fitness.

Pilates for injury prevention

Our philosophy is to prevent destructive motion,  assist in recovery gain mobility stability of proximal structures restore good motor patterns and rehabilitate functional movements in preparation for sport daily living or work.