What is Remedial Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise invented by Joseph Pilates a 100 years ago. It is designed for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. By exercising in the Pilates technique you will develop controlled movement and gain strength in your core muscles. Your core is comprised of a group of muscles which stabilise and support your structure and improve your balance.
The vast majority of our aches and pains are caused by joints misalignment and if we learn to identify this misalignment and how we can correct it, we can then support our body and lead pain free life with good mobility and ability.
In Remedial Pilates we learn how to activate our core stabilisers and how to move safely with precision and control. It is incredibly important to teach our body correct movement patterns that will keep us safe while we go about our daily tasks, whether be it sitting in an office, cleaning, gardening, DIY, training, running, playing sport, golf and many more.
In Remedial Pilates we aim to achieve muscular balance which is paramount for moving in an efficient manner that prevents injuries.
My classes are tailored to all ages and some of them are mixed men & women. You’ll find my classes very educational and yet fun with lots of information to take with you and apply in your daily life.
The best way to teach your body correct and safe movement is through controlled and precise exercises, this will have a long lasting affect and can complement the work of other therapists you are using such as Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist.
In each class you learn more about your own body and how it works and I give you useful tips to take with you so that you can implement them during your daily routine.
If you are not sure whether any of the classes would suit you please email or call me to discuss your situation prior to attending the class. Please bear in mind that although the class is Remedial, it is performed on a mat using various props, so you do need to be able to lie on a mat.
I would suggest you read the client feedback to learn how my Remedial Pilates Sessions have indeed changed people’s health – from being in constant pain and using pain killers regularly – to being pain-free and more active.
Before you attend a Remedial Pilates Class
Please download this registration form, fill it in, and bring it with you to the class.
Please also bring a mat if you have one and also always make sure you have a hand towel with you.
If you decide to work with me privately in order to prepare yourself for joining a class then you can learn about Corrective Exercises below.
On top of teaching Remedial Pilates and working mainly with the over 50`s – I hold a Certificate by the National Academy of Sport Medicine for Corrective Exercise Specialist and Senior Fitness Specialist.
Corrective Exercise is not just any exercise – it covers a a systematic process of identifying a neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction and developing a plan of action to correct it and improve function and mobility. If we have imbalance in our muscles between right and left and front to back, our joints are misaligned and that cause us pain and discomfort and can lead to loss of mobility and strength.
I will identify which muscles are over recruited and as a result are overactive and which muscles are underactive. I will work with you to release the tensed and overused muscles and to activate the underactive muscles.
Today, more people work in offices, have longer work hours which require sitting for long hours, and move less on a daily basis. This new lifestyle produces more inactive people and leads to muscles and joints dysfunction and increased rate of incidents of injuries including lower back pain, knee injuries, shoulder dysfunction, neck pain and more.
In order to be pain free and keep mobile and active every muscle and joint in the body needs to work correctly, individually and also as part of an integrated movement. With each move we take there are several muscles working together and each has it own “role” and each should be operating with specific tension and length.
Our Posture in itself demonstrates our structural alignment and our functional movement. Each segment of our structure should be aligned and function in an efficient manner to enable our body to balanced in relation to the one`s centre of gravity.
Impairment or injury is rarely involves one structure. Our body is an integrated system of muscles and joints so impairment in one system leads to compensations and adaptations in other systems. We only need one component to be out of alignment, too tight or too weak and it creates certain muscles to over work and others to be deactivated. This will lead to a loss of neuromuscular control and microtrauma, and initiates the cumulative injury and dysfunction cycle. That is when Corrective Exercises are very useful – They will be specific to your needs and you will be shown exactly how to perform them correctly and safely. This process usually involves 3-6 private sessions with me.
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If we dont address those muscle imbalance we are heading into the injury cycle…….
Many of us suffer with “bad back”, “bad Knees”, “bad shoulders” and have very restricted movement. In Senior Fitness Pilates we aim to correct or at least improve our movement impairment patterns by unravelling each segment of our structure and identifying what needs to be improved in order to enable us to have correct dynamic alignment.
Below is an example of a VERY common movement impairment and compensation pattern which will affects every joint in the spine in the long run.
Our body is comprised of many muscles and joints and they all work together in synergy. When one component is out of alignment, it creates predictable patterns of tissue overload and dysfunction, which leads to decreased neuromuscular control and microtrauma. This will activate the Cumulative Injury Cycle that will results in inflammation, arthritis and decreased mobility.
While we are on the move our body must maintain its centre of gravity aligned over the base of support that keeps changing. That is a called dynamic movement. A change, restriction or injury to one joint will cause for the whole structure to be misaligned.
As we get older we are going through physiological changes that can lead to decreased muscle extensibility and increased muscle imbalance and loss of overall function. On top, our joints become stiffer and we lose elasticity of our connective tissues (tendons and ligaments). These changes overload certain tissues and reduce our proprioceptive input to the central nervous system which results in poor movement integration and postural distortion.