Pilates in Barnsley
Here at South Yorkshire Physiotherapy Centre we offer both Modified Pilates classes and individual Pilates instruction. The majority of our physiotherapists have had post graduate training in Modified Pilates and we have several Pilates instructors who offer very specific tuition within Pilates classes.
What is Pilates?
The Pilates method is essentially a mind body centring technique that emphasises the importance of central core stability when carrying out movement. This involves targeting the deep muscles of the spine to improve postural awareness and ultimately core stability. This can be used not only to treat specific conditions but also as a tool for general body conditioning and the prevention of injury.
Through a progressive exercise regime, Pilates can help to strengthen the “central core” in a safe and effective manner. As many of the exercises are of a functional nature, people usually feel the benefits of Pilates when carrying out their normal daily activities.
Why Modified Pilates?
“Modified Pilates” is very different to the Pilates being carried out in many Gyms and Leisure Centres. It is designed specifically for people with medical / orthopaedic conditions. It is carried out by Chartered Physiotherapists who assess all patients fully, to identify their needs and to implement a safe and effective exercise programme. As all clients are assessed prior to attending their class it ensures that they are safe and they get the maximum benefit from attending the classes.
Class numbers are kept to a maximum of 10 to ensure that each patient gets the attention, and quality supervision, to meet their needs. Although Modified Pilates is specifically for people with medical problems it is also beneficial to anyone wanting to improve their general fitness, muscle tone, flexibility or general well being.
Who can benefit from Modified Pilates?
People of all ages and abilities can benefit from Pilates due to the controlled manner in which the exercises are carried out.
Some conditions that Pilates may help include:
- Low Back Pain
- Post Abdominal surgery
- Shoulder Conditions
- General conditioning
- Neck & Thoracic Pain
- Postural Problems
- Ante & Post Natal
- Stress / Anxiety
- Individual Tuition or Pilates Classes
During your initial assessment your Chartered Physiotherapist will help you decide which form of Pilates is likely to give you most benefit. If you have a specific medical problem then you are likely to benefit from individual Pilates instruction, often in combination with other physiotherapy techniques. Once your condition has improved or become less irritable, then the classes are often good to further develop your core / muscle control and prevent your problem from returning in the future.
The Pilates classes are an hour in length consisting of a warm up, a structured set of Pilates matwork exercises and a warm down (gentle stretches or relaxation techniques). We have a dedicated Pilates studio and we provide mats, head blocks and other forms of equipment such as gym balls, foam rollers, spikey and lightly weighted balls. All our classes are very relaxed and provide a friendly environment for all our clients.