Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise program that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture. The mind and body are brought together to achieve these aims through the following eight sound principles: concentration, centering, breathing, isolation, routine, precision, control and flowing movement.

The medical world is now realising the benefits of the Pilates method for the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. In order to prevent a recurrence of back pain it is essential to retrain the deep abdominal and spinal muscles. Modified Pilates focuses on contraction of the pelvic floor to facilitate the TrA and multifidus muscles to contract, thus activating this central core. Pilates then challenges this central core by introducing graduated arm and leg movements and stretches. 

Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels and is particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor postures, neurological conditions, mental health conditions, sports injuries, arthritis, stress related illness and before and after pregnancy. 

Here at Sportswise, we offer 1:1 and 2:1 sessions as well as opportunities to join a regular class. An initial appointment will involve an assessment followed by teaching of the basic principles of modified Pilates. The real time ultrasound will be used to observe the patterns of abdominal activation. A tailored set of exercises will then be started and progressed as necessary.