Claires Pure Pilates

What is Pilates?

In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference and in 30 you will have a whole new body.
- Joseph Pilates

Pilates is a fast growing exercise technique that is extremely popular with all types of people who enjoy exercise. Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels and is particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor postures, neurological conditions, mental health conditions, sports injuries, arthritis, stress related illness and before and after pregnancy. Pilates is a ‘mind body’ conditioning programme that emphasis the importance of moving from a strong central ‘core’ of muscles around your lower back and pelvis. This system of exercises is gaining recognition in the medical and fitness worlds alike. The original technique was developed by its founder Joseph Pilates over the course of his lifetime (1880 – 1967).

Pilates is based on a set of principles which exercise the whole body through a range of mat and equipment based exercises Pilates helps to build strength, stability, muscle balance and postural control. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve central core stability and posture. It is a mindful technique which requires concentration and focus upon the method to ensure the best possible result. The key principles of the pilates method are concentration, centering, breathing, isolation, routine, precision, control and flowing movement.

Pilates combines the co-ordination of deep postural and stability muscles, breathing and arm and leg movements with postural correction, suppleness and flexibility. With regular exercise Pilates positively changes the body.

APPI Pilates

The Austrailian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) is a firmly established international training institute founded by Physiotherapist in response to the demand for rehabilitation based Pilates teacher training.

The traditional repertoire is broken down into defined levels to allow clients to progress safely towards normal movement and function. Modified Pilates is ideal for individuals who suffer with chronic back pain, as well as those who simply want to maintain strength and flexibility for injury prevention, or as an adjunct to other sporting activities. We make the exercises safer for the general population and for those who are using Pilates in the rehabilitative setting, for example, for those who are recovering from back pain. The exercises are graded so that we ensure you are recruiting the correct deep core muscle groups during the exercises. We then build up the load and balance requirements of the Pilates exercises so that you will become stronger, more stable and balanced. Postural muscles will become stronger during your Pilates practice and so the posture should improve along with your aches and pains. The exercises begin easy and build gradually to an advanced standard which is quite stenuous for those who enjoy a challenge.

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 specialists so you can be rest assures that your instructor has the highest level of training and is able to provide safe and effectives programmes to suit your individual needs.

Core Strength

Your spine relies on muscles directly attached to it as well as those of the abdomen and pelvis for movement and stability. A number of factors can affect the efficiency of this muscle system such as back pain, poor posture and faulty movement habits. Modified Pilates can help you work towards restoring the balance.

You may have heard of core muscles: Transverses Abdominus (TrAbs), Multifidus, the Pelvic Floor and Diaphragm. These muscles can be thought of as a ‘cylinder’ of stability for the spine, with the diaphragm and pelvic floor as the top and bottom and the TrAbs and multifidus wrapping around the body of the cylinder (see diagram). These muscles should be working at a low level all day long to provide support for the spine.

Antenatal Pilates

Exercise in pregnancy is encouraged by all health professionals and Pilates is no exception. Pilates is beneficial for one’s balance and postural awareness which is essential as your body shape changes. It allows a pregnant individual at least one hour a week to focus on their posture, activating muscles to support the low back and at the same time allowing them to stretch, re-centre and focus on their alignment.

We do require a note from your midwife to continue Pilates once your pregnancy is established.

We incorporate our fit back and bumps training into these classes an Educational Exercise Programme For a Fitter, Healthier Pregnancy.

We aim to bring new mums and mums-to-be together to share their pregnancy experience. We aim to teach you:

  • How to exercise safely during and after your pregnancy
  • How to improve your posture
  • How to reduce stress incontinence by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles
  • How to reduce pelvic and back pain by strengthening your core
  • How to flatten your tummy after pregnancy
  • Why things may be hurting and how to fix them!
  • And gives you the opportunity to meet other new mums and mums to be, developing lifelong friendships.

You are in safe hands at this crucial time in your life – this is what makes us different from the rest! These classes are delivered by a chartered physiotherapist so expert guidance and instruction is guaranteed throughout, helping remove the fear you might have about exercising during pregnancy and after you have had your baby.