Pilates aims to create balance, flowing coordinated movements and flexibility in the body by stabilising, stretching and conditioning your body with exercise.
At first glance, the Pilates equipment looks like a regular gym but the equipment which includes a series of pulleys and springs have been designed for Yoga like, deliberate muscle-isolating movements rather than the standard all out aerobic exercise.
In a typical session with a Physiotherapist you will be put through various routines. You continue through a progression of exercises starting with the ‘Reformer’ a moving carriage with springs, pulleys and ropes. Next you will move to the ‘Trap Table’ which enables mobilisation of yourspine and isolates movements from all your joints.
Pilates has become an important tool for improving sports performance. As the body extends its range of movement and attains strength in these extended ranges, injuries become less frequent and sports performance can improve.