Pilates is an exercise method that aims to strengthen the body with an emphasis on the core and control.
It is almost unique in its suitability for all ages and abilities and research has demonstrated its positive impact on patients with non specific chronic low back pain, for which numerous treatments have been unsuccessful.
In our clinic at Marylebone we offer Pilates lead by qualified instructors and physiotherapists who are able to tailor an exercise programme to any individual need. For our beginners or those aiming for a more personalised experience we offer one to one sessions, where the therapist is able to listen to any concerns and make sure that every exercise is completed optimally.
Pilates was initially a mat based exercise programme and I spent time teaching this technique in NHS hospitals to those suffering from MSk conditions as well as post surgically and pre/post natal. Here at Marylebone we teach traditional mat based Pilates but also use the more modern reformers. Whilst daunting to look at, the reformers can provide a more challenging workout whilst focusing on those principals of core control central to the Pilates technique.
If you are unsure whether Pilates is right for you, then you can always come along and try one of our free 30 min taster sessions with a qualified therapist. The team and I have worked with a range of conditions and have seen people progress from acute pain to enjoying physical activity again; we would love to hear from you and hope to see you here at Marylebone soon!
by Ashleigh Ellis CSP HSPC
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy