Pilates is a full body exercise method focused on alighnment, balancing strength and flexibility and using effective movements, not just more reps. For these reasons and many more, the principales of pilates are used in many of our physiotherapy treatments and exercise prescriptions. The great attention to detail and form in Pilates is a perfect way for a client to gain strength in the weaker or injured muscles and joints. Pilates is gentle so there is little worry of over stressing your body. Pilates also develops the smaller muscle groups that work to support joints and bony structures. Because Pilates builds a bodily awareness to balance, the chronically weak and imbalanced muscles become equally strong.
Pilates as rehabilitation is also great preventative medicine. This is a great metaphor for people suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis or fibromyalgia.
Pilates rehabilitation not only develops strength, it increases flexibility in muscles and joints. Clients need to keep their joints oiled up and they do that by using them. Keeping a full or near full range of motion in the joints is immensely important.
Famous Athletes That Practice Pilates
Tiger Woods, Ruben Brown, Jason Kidd, Curt Shilling, Kerri Walsh, Misty May-Treanor, Kobe Bryant, Julia Mancuos and many others.