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Pilates: It’s more than the core!

Posted on 1st July 2019 by

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“You need to strengthen your core!”

“You’ve got a weak core!”

“Pilates will help your core!”

Sound familiar? Particularly if you’ve ever had back pain, these may be comments or messages you’ve heard quite frequently.

The buzz of ‘the core’ started back in the 1990’s, when targeted exercises towards the deep core muscles were thought to be the best way to help with back pain. It was thought that low back pain may have been caused by weak deep core muscles and that by working and ‘strengthening’ the core muscles, you could help back pain. Therapists and exercise pro’s leapt on this ‘theory’ and you will still read and hear people talking about this all the time, despite there being no link ever having been found between back pain and core muscle ‘strength’!

The current thinking and evidence surrounding ways to both prevent and help people with back pain (an in fact many other common injuries, aches, pains and long-standing conditions) is that it’s movement, activity and any exercise is the best way! The key is that you find something you enjoy, fit’s in with your daily life, you can commit to regularly and that challenges your body in some way.

There is a common misconception that all Pilates exercises do is work your ‘core’.

But there’s a lot more to Pilates than the core!

So, although Pilates exercises will focus around exercising your ‘core’ tummy and back muscles, doing Pilates exercises will also work and benefit your body in many other ways! This makes it a fantastic form of exercise if you do have back pain, a long-standing condition such as arthritis or other aches and pains.

A Pilates class will challenge and work on:

  • Your balance and flexibility
  • Strength in your arm and leg muscles
  • Breathing techniques
  • Movement and body awareness – so becoming aware of your posture and how your body moves and rests, important in helping you be mindful of your body and connecting with it
  • Relaxation and time invested in you
  • Co-ordination

Our specialist classes here at goPhysio will further support you, by providing access and support from our dedicated team of Clinical Instructors – so you can be rest assured you will be in great hands! Being Clinicians, our team can integrate their knowledge and experience of not only how the body works and moves, but also injuries, aches, pains & MSK conditions for which you might need specific support.

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Free Pilates 1-2-1 Throughout August

Posted on 27th July 2018 by

We’re offering a fun packed, varied Summer Pilates timetable for 2018 – with a range of specialist Pilates classes to suit all abilities and interests.¬†Free Pilates 1-2-1 August at goPhysio

To go hand in hand with this, we’re running a special offer where you can come along for a FREE 1-2-1 Pilates session throughout August, to help you get started with Pilates.

All About 1-2-1 Pilates

A 1-2-1 Pilates session is a 30 minute appointment with one of our Clinical Pilates Instructors. Doing a 1-2-1 is commonplace before starting any specialist Clinical Pilates class. Why is this necessary you may ask? There are a number of reasons:

  • To realise and experience the true benefits of Pilates, learning and practicing the right technique is crucial. The movements are very subtle. Having a 1-2-1 enables us to teach you the basics, so that when you’re in a class environment you get the best out of Pilates.
  • We can find out what you want to gain from Pilates and make sure we guide you into the most appropriate class and level to help you achieve your goals.
  • We will find out about any old or existing injuries, niggles or conditions that may need addressing. his is where our clinical expertise comes in – having small classes that are taught by clinical specialists (Physiotherapists or Sports & Rehabilitation Therapists) enables us to support you as an individual.
  • We will teach you some of the basic terms, names of exercises and make sure you are confident with the building block of Pilates – centering. This means when you start the classes, you are more confident and comfortable with what you are doing.
  • We can show you the studio and talk through the class booking process, making it all more familiar and easy for you to join a class.
  • It’s a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about Pilates, discuss any individual worries or concerns and help make sure you are confident with any Pilates decisions you may be making!

If you’re interested in starting Pilates at goPhysio, why not come along and take advantage of a free 1-2-1 this August, to see whether you would benefit from taking part in Pilates and find out more about it!

To book your free 1-2-1, just give us a call on 023 8025 3317 and ask to book your free 1-2-1. We’re open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Thursday, until 6pm Friday and also on a Saturday morning.

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Magic Circle Summer Pilates Class

Posted on 10th July 2018 by

Summer Pilates at goPhysio Chandlers Ford –¬†This summer, we’re trying out a few ‘special’ classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford. One of which is Pilates Magic Circle Class goPhysio Chandlers Fordthe Magic Circle Class.

What’s magic about this circle you may ask? The Magic Circle is a popular piece of Pilates equipment, created by Pilates founder, Joseph Pilates. It’s a ring made of flexible metal and rubber with 2 pads on the outside. The great thing about using the magic circle in Pilates is:

  1. It provides additional resistance to your muscles during your class, challenging you in a slightly different way and working to increase muscle strength and tone.
  2. It can be used for leg or arm exercises and adds another dimension to the mat Pilates exercises.
  3. It provides some feedback about what muscles you are working during the class, it can really help further connect you to your centre whilst you’re exercising.

It is rumoured that Joseph Pilates was inspired to create the ‘Magic Circle’ by the metal ring of a beer keg!

Take a look at the Summer Pilates Timetable 2018 here.

Magic circle classes are being held on:

  • Wednesday 15th August 7pm with Francesca
  • Thursday 23rd August 9.30am with Roz
  • Tuesday 28th August 6pm with Hugo

If you’d like to book onto the Magic Circle classes or any of our other Summer Pilates classes at goPhysio, you can find out more here.


 

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