Why is Pilates run by a physio better than those classes run by a non-physio instructor?
To become a Pilates instructor, most courses only require a basic level of anatomy, followed by a basic understanding of Pilates positioning. But there is a lot more to Pilates than simply learning choreography, positions and movements.
Previously named ‘Contrology’, Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates (Born 1880, Germany). Joseph developed his own exercise program to overcome his own illness’s and physical limitations.
After experiencing significant health benefits Joseph began to teach his exercise program to the public from 1923. Over the last 90 years Pilates has evolved through researchers and rehabilitation specialists as our understanding of anatomy, bodily mechanisms and pain has increased.
A typical gym-based Pilates class will expose you to a variety of Pilates poses and positions, focusing on external control of muscles and coordination, but are you truly experiencing your body’s full potential?
In my opinion, Pilates is 90% internal and 10% external. Meaning that without adequate and accurate understand and control of internal muscles, you may not be performing Pilates, but merely moving arms and legs.
A Physiotherapist is able to offer you a detailed explanation of what using your “core” really means. Core control requires more than merely drawing in your belly button. Core activation and control requires a mental and physical understanding of breathing muscles, pelvic floor, the multiple layers of abdominal muscles, spinal muscles and a greater body awareness.
To ensure you have adequate control of these muscles a physiotherapist is able to perform an Ultrasound examination to train and demonstrate the activation of these muscles accurately, followed by an education on activation of these muscles with external movement. Once you have developed this knowledge and skills, you should be able to apply your ‘core activation’ to more than just a Pilates class.
Your Pilates physiotherapist will be able to combine their knowledge of the body and Pilates, to assist and guide you to improve your strength, control and coordination to reduce pain and maximise use of your body.
If you are interested in learning more about Physiotherapy Pilates classes, feel free to come and try a ‘Foundational’ class at myPhysioSA Mount Barker or North Adelaide.
The ‘Foundational’ class engrains our 5 Foundations of myPhysioSA Pilates; breathing, core control, body awareness, coordination and spine articulation.
Ellen O’Callaghan myPhysioSA Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor