Joseph Pilates first developed his exercise regime when he was interned on the Isle of White as a POW in WW1. Following the war he travelled to America and used this technique with professional dancers. However, as the exercises required the participants to be fit, flexible and have excellent body awareness they were not suitable for people with pain or movement problems. The original exercises have since been modified by physiotherapists to enable anyone to participate and the bonus of Physio led classes is that people with pain or a movement limitation(s) can still enjoy this form of exercise. Class numbers are small so that each participant can receive the guidance they need to establish the correct technique and the exercises can be adapted to suit individual ability.
The benefits of Pilates are:
- The exercises are low impact and can be adapted to suit any ability
- Promotes body awareness and co-ordination
- Improves muscle control, strength, balance and flexibility
- Improves your sense of wellbeing
- Helps to manage existing conditions including neck pain, low back pain, arthritis, postural problems, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and sports injuries
- Improves movement effciency
- The techniques learned can be incorporated functionally into your daily life
Currently Physio led Pilates classes take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. We hold two classes (lunchtime and evening) in Bradway in conjunction with Activ Physiotherapy & Friday mornings from 9:30AM at the Dronfield Hall Barn. We conduct an initial assessment to establish your current level of ability and to teach the 5 key elements which form the basis of each exercise. You will also be encouraged to start practicing one or two of the basic exercises prior to starting the class.
If you prefer, Pilates sessions can be arranged at your convenience on a 1:1 basis in our clinic or perhaps invite a friend to share the cost and arrange for a session in the comfort of your home. All equipment is provided.
To fully benefit from Pilates it is recommended that you practice at home for 15-20 mins 3 or 4 times a week (including the class). To help your practice at home you will be provided with exercise sheets.