Clinical Pilates

 
“In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference and in thirty you will have a whole new body” – Joseph Pilates
 
Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise program targeting 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
  • Flowing movement

Whether it is to recover from an injury, prepare for a sporting event or just to stay in shape, Clinical Pilates can help. At our Manchester Clinic we now provide Physio-led classes for our patients.

Abigail has many years of experience using Clinical Pilates to treat a wide variety of patients. During her time in Australia, Abigail used Clinical Pilates to help correct irregular movement patterns and address any muscle imbalance, for those with complex spinal pain and wanted to return to a normal routine.
The patient can gradually start to introduce regular exercise to build on their strength, control and fitness. Abigail applies her expert knowledge to all who attend her classes; from dancers in rehabilitation, athletes, swimmers, kayakers, ironmen and women, ultramen and women, to cricket players, runners and people who just want to use Pilates as a means to staying in shape.

With Pilates exercise you learn to:

  • Increase your body awareness
  • Become familiar with good and bad spinal posture
  • Breathe correctly
  • Isolate and use deep abdominal muscles to support the spine
  • Target key postural muscles as you learn to train the muscles from the inside out
  • Correct pelvic floor activation
  • Once the above basic understanding of correct movement is achieved, the patient is gradually challenged to sustain correct posture and controlled movement through progressively more complex activities
  • The goal is to return to the patients normal level of activity while maintaining correct alignment whether that is gardening for one hour a week or performing regular triathlons

The benefits of Pilates are:

  • Core stability and strength
  • Injury prevention
  • Relief from spinal pain
  • Improved posture
  • Effective rehabilitation following acute episodes of spinal pain
  • Heightened mind body awareness

As each Pilates programme is individualised, a 1 hour initial consultation is required to thoroughly assess each individuals’ problem areas, demonstrate the basic techniques required to initiate the core muscles and create the Pilates programme. Please ensure you bring some loose fitting clothes and a pair of shorts for the initial assessment.

Ante and Post Natal Pilates

 

Pilates is a popular form of exercise for both during and after pregnancy. You can practice right up until your birth and start again as soon as you have had your 6 week check.
Antenatal classes concentrate on strengthening the muscles used to support your growing baby and will help to relax tension that builds in your back, shoulders and feet where the weight of your baby causes the most strain. The strengthening of abdominal and pelvic floor muscles will help during labour and aid a speedier recovery afterwards.

Postnatal Pilates is a great way to safely return to activity following the birth of your baby. It is very important that you gradually build your activity and strength, while your body is recovering following both pregnancy and delivery – Pilates is great way to achieve this. If you have had a normal delivery you can start as soon as you want, however you would need to wait between 6-8 weeks following a caesarean section and it is always advisable to discuss this with your midwife or GP first.

To get started you will need an Initial Pilates Assessment where a thorough history and assessment will be completed, you will be taught the principles of Pilates and shown how to activate the appropriate muscles. You will then be informed what will be the most suitable class for you to attend. It may be that you will be advised that some 1:1 sessions are required to ensure you are safe for the class environment.

Matwork Pilates

At Harris & Ross, we now offer Pilates classes from our Manchester City Centre clinic Pilates can be enjoyed by just about everyone and mat work Pilates is a fantastic place to start but it can also be progressed to an advanced level as you gradually improve. It is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, which means it is never too late to start enjoying its many benefits! This wonderful mind-body exercise program targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall core stability and posture.

To get started you will need an Initial Pilates Assessment where a thorough history and assessment will be completed, you will be taught the principles of Pilates and shown how to activate the appropriate muscles. You will then be informed what will be the most suitable class for you to attend. It may be that you will be advised that some 1:1 sessions are required to ensure you are safe for the class environment.