What is Pilates?

The Pilates Method is a movement philosophy designed during World War I by Joseph Pilates, when he was held in a prisoner of war camp in the United Kingdom. He formulated rehabilitation exercises for injured soldiers during his work as an orderly in a hospital at a time when such active treatment was unheard of. He extended his movement control idea “Contrology” over time to formulate the Pilates Method, which is based on 34 mat exercises. Pilates believed that there was a connection between the mind and the body and devised controlled, precise and slow exercises in order to stabilise, stretch and strengthen the key muscles of the body. He designed specific pieces of exercise equipment for e.g. the reformer and the trapeze table to provide assistance, resistance and retraining to movement patterns. Posture Plus only employs experienced physiotherapists with a special interest or background in posture and movement re-education who are capable of training a wide range of clients with both rehabilitation and conditioning needs.

What to expect.

The initial assessment involves a detailed one-hour examination involving a postural assessment and specialised movement dysfunction tests. Clients are advised to wear comfortable clothing. Photographs and video are taken and utilised to explain what postural and movement dysfunctions exist, how they may lead to the current problems and how they may be modified through exercise. In order to improve the standard of care of clients, all clients complete research questionnaires, which at the completion of treatment provide evidence of the effectiveness of treatment. Follow-up sessions are also of one-hour duration with the choice of 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 appointment types. The maximum number of clients to one therapist is 3. The clinic uses reformers, the trapeze table (Cadillac) and Wunda Chair as well as various smaller exercise equipment.

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