Pilates is a mind body conditioning
exercise form developed by Joseph Pilates in 1920s and it has been further
refined by including principles of exercise science and rehabilitation.Pilates is based on 8 principles and they
- Control, and
Within modified Pilates, original 34
Pilates movements have been broken into different levels of ability making it
safe and attractive form of exercise for all ages and fitness levels. Every
movement promotes whole body fitness and focuses on deep, postural ‘core
muscles’ of the abdomen and spine.
In his pioneering book Return to Life through Contrology (1945), Pilates explained that
his technique ‘develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores
physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit’.
Research has identified the benefits of
training and strengthening ‘core muscles’ especially in those who have had an
episode of back pain or pelvic girdle pain. This deep layer or core muscles include:
- Transversus Abdominus – deep
- Multifidus – deep spinal
- Pelvic Floor Muscles
They prepare us for the movement and work
in synergy with one another as they anticipate movements that would load the
trunk. Timing of their contraction and the level of their each activation is
extremely important in order to provide sufficient support to the spine and
pelvis. This harmony of deep muscle activation prevents us from injuries and
makes us more efficient functionally.
However, if one suffered from only one
episode of back pain, this synergistic activation of our core muscles will be
impaired. That timing and co-activation was found to be delayed and
unfortunately, the inhibition of these deep muscle recruitment is not
reversible after someone’s pain’s gone even years after. Research identified
that those individuals were continuing to have re-current episodes of low back
pain. Modified Pilates is also an excellent form
of exercise for the preparation and rehabilitation of women before and after
BK Modified Pilates addresses those
important core muscles timing and co-activation through the movement and
carries out core training and core strengthening exercise programme taking you
to the movements and level of strength where you are aiming to be.
As such, BK Pilates Therapy Classes are ‘you’
specific, challenging and always fun!