Our approach to Pilates at Covent Garden Physio
Pilates was invented by physical trainer Joseph Pilates and was initially used by dancers who needed a way to train their stability and control through very precise movements.
While the audience for Pilates has broadened, the principles and goals are the same. Pilates targets deep muscles which provide stability, mobility and postural balance, particularly in your abdomen or “core”.
Pilates won’t necessarily make you break out into a sweat or leave you feeling exhausted, but you will certainly feel the difference the next day.
As Pilates trains muscles which are otherwise not easily activated, it offers tremendous health and fitness benefits for people of all activity levels.
It is especially valuable for counteracting the loss of balance and coordination which occurs as we age, reducing a major risk factor in later life injury.
What to expect from your pilates appointment at Covent Garden Physiotherapy
Your initial session will include a full assessment of your posture, movement, balance and stability. This will allow your instructor to identify trouble areas and tailor a programme which will gradually address them.
We will then guide you through a range of precise exercises, where the approach is quality over quantity. Typical Pilates exercises involve performing slow, controlled movements and then holding the final pose.
As with all our services, education is a vital tool in improving your health. A Pilates session will not just leave you fitter and more flexible, but more aware of how your body works and the day-to-day changes you can make to look after it.
We offer Pilates both as a standalone service and in conjunction with physiotherapy.