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Is Pilates for Me?

Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. It was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, and incorporates elements of Yoga, Martial Arts and Western forms of exercise.

What are the Health Benefits?

Regular Pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance, joint mobility, stability, as well as relieving stress and tension.

From elite athletes, to runners and cyclists, Pilates can complement training by developing whole-body strength, flexibility, proprioception, and even reduce the risk of injury.

Pilates can help with all forms of back and joint pain, as well as, Arthritis, Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Fibromyalgia, Parkinsons and MS. It is also very effective in helping people suffering with chronic pain (joint or back), which can be very debilitating physically and mentally.

Dawn has undertaken specialist training in back care. She is a Level 4 Low Back Pain Practitioner, as well as a Healthy Backs teacher.

How does it Work?

By working on the deep architectural structure of the body, ‘core stability’ is achieved, and then maintained, through increasingly complex movement sequences. Specific problem-areas can be targeted by an exercise, but always in relation to the rest of one’s body.

Pilates literally teaches you to be in control of your body by allowing you to move more efficiently, whilst simultaneously promoting good alignment, thus resulting in less wear and tear on the joints.

Dawn has undertaken specialist training in back care. She is a Level 4 Low Back Pain Practitioner, as well as a Healthy Backs teacher.

Am I too Old for Pilates?

No. Pilates is suitable for people of all levels of fitness. It’s a more gentle way of raising your activity levels, especially if you have poor mobility, aches and pains, or an injury.

Pilates improves the function of daily activities, such as getting out of bed, tying your shoelaces, putting your socks on, gardening, or getting up and down from the floor after playing with your grandchildren.

Pilates can be adapted to raise the fitness levels of someone who is less active, and it can also challenge someone who is very fit.

Why not contact Dawn to discuss which classes are more suitable for your needs and level of fitness?

Can it Help to Reduce Back Pain?

Pilates can work for everyone, regardless of their fitness level. While exercises can be mat or apparatus-based, matwork exercises have a greater attraction, in that they require no special equipment and are particularly safe for those with back problems, (which is 95% of the UK’s population).

Its consistent success rate in solving such problems, has brought it to the attention of osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and homeopathic doctors. Many of whom, have either set up Pilates studios as part of their practices, or established a close working partnership with their local Pilates teacher.

Dawn has undertaken specialist training in back care. She is a Level 4 Low Back Pain Practitioner, as well as a Healthy Backs teacher.

Still not sure?

Regardless of your age or fitness level, get in touch with Dawn if you have any questions or you would like to discuss your needs further.