By Leian Lee 

Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s in Germany.  He developed a system of exercises intended to strengthen the human mind and body.

Pilates helps increase an individual’s awareness about their own body and emphasises the importance of central core stability in normal functional movement.

Joe Pilates believed by concentrating on the flow and precision of a movement coupled with controlled breathing that abnormal movement patterns could be rectified. Matwork based Pilates consists of strengthening, mobility and stretching exercises to help resolve weaknesses, compensations and over development thus correcting mal-alignment and re-education of the body.

Research into the prevention of recurrence of back pain, has unearthed the need to retrain the deep abdominal and spinal muscles following an episode of back pain. Hodges (1999) developed a model of spinal stability proposing that Transversus Abdominus, multifidus, the diaphragm and the pelvic floor muscles are co-activated and form an enclosed abdominal ring, termed a ‘cylinder of stability’.

The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) have modified the original matwork exercises, creating a more progressive approach to core stability training. This approach incorporates the recent research on back instability, muscle imbalance and adverse neural tension. Therefore, it is deemed safe and effective for individuals recovering from recent injury and those who suffer from chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

The APPI only train Physiotherapists or equivalent degree specialist so you can be rest assured that your Instructor has the highest level of training and is able to provide safe and effective programs to suit your individual needs.

Witty, Pask and Buckingham offer modified pilates matwork in either a small class or  1:1 format, both lead by Physiotherapist Leian Lee who has trained with the APPI.

Classes are held on site and run in 5 week blocks at £150  lasting for one hour.

Please contact the clinic for further details.