This is a special and small class for the over 60`s and/or for people with chronic pain and limitations or anyone who is trying to rehabilitate from an injury or surgery.
The class runs over a 6 weeks term in which we will be looking to improve mobility, stability and strength using gentle but yet challenging exercises with modifications to suit your specific limitations. The class pace is slower and each exercise is explained, demonstrated and will be performed with care, mindfulness and precision using the Pilates technique as Joseph Pilates meant it.
Many of us suffer with “bad back”, “bad Knees”, “bad shoulders” and have very restricted movement. In Corrective & Restorative 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.
In Corrective & Restorative Pilates we will have a varied Pilates class but also each term we will focus on a specific aspect and will repeat a certain routine in order to be able to assess our own progress and improvement from one week to the next. You will also be given “homework” which will take a few minutes of your time each day in order to create a new movement pattern and a new muscle memory.
- We will focus on each segment in our structure and learn how it effects the rest of the joints and what we should do to avoid injuries.
- We will improve our core strength in order to support our structure and achieve safe movement.
- We will focus on deliberate movement and proper form during exercises.
- We will work to improve our thoracic/upper spine mobilisation which will improve our breathing mechanics and balance our blood pressure.
- We will do general stretches but also will focus on specific muscles that need further attention and release.
- We aim to correct/improve our muscle imbalance and postural distortion.
- We aim to eliminate/reduce our movement impairments.