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About Pilates

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 are:
  • Concentration
  • Centering
  • Breathing
  • Isolation
  • Routine
  • Precision
  • Control, and
  • Flow.
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 abdominal muscle
  • Multifidus – deep spinal muscles
  • Pelvic Floor Muscles 
  • Diaphragm
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 childbirth.

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!