What is Pilates?

The slow controlled flowing movement of Pilates primarily strengthens the ‘core’ muscles that stabilise and support the spine, it can help to realign the body and correct postural problems. The deep stabilising ‘core’ muscles activate most effectively in a neutral spinal position, important for the protection of spinal discs, joints and ligaments. This rehabilitation exercise programme focuses on optimising these load-bearing relationships, activating the correct muscles and improving muscle imbalances. This form of exercise is a superb adjunct to osteopathy, either following or during a course of treatment.

What Pilates Can Help with

Pilates can help with:

  • back pain
  • neck pain and headaches
  • tension and stress
  • postural problems
  • stiffness and tight muscles
  • and much more…
Pilates with Kay

What is mat Pilates ?

When having a one-to-one mat work Pilates session, Kay will assess you with her Osteopathy/ body mechanics hat on, establishing which parts of your body need strengthening or mobilising and form an individualised programme alongside teaching you the fundamentals of Pilates. You will really understand how to find a ‘neutral’ spinal alignment while lying on the mat, and how to recruit the correct core muscles when performing the exercises.

Small Equipment

Kay has advanced training on use of small equipment within mat work, including foam rollers, ova balls, theraband, swiss balls, to increase muscle activation or intensify exercises.

What is Reformer Pilates ?

Reformer Pilates is performed using a dynamic reformer machine that adds resistance to Pilates exercises using springs and straps which form part of the machine. The straps and springs offer the resistance, as opposed to your body, like in a traditional mat work class.

For those who struggle with getting on and off the floor in mat-based exercise classes, another advantage of the reformers is that they are raised off the floor, removing this barrier to exercising.

Kay may also use reformer machines with patients in individual or small group classes.

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