An effective gentle manual technique often used on the spine, the ribs and the sacroiliac joint. This technique involves deep breathing and gentle stretching to align specific joints. The gentle approach means that it is ideal for many pregnant women, children and older patients.
Exercises are developed and planned so that certain muscle groups are recruited in an order which is specific to that sport. The order in which these muscles “fire” is called a kinetic chain. The core engages first , followed by the bigger, more dynamic muscles.
The correct timing allows for an enhanced, more consistent performance accompanied with a reduced risk of injury.
Pilates is a subtle form of exercise which helps to prevent back and postural problems. Although it focuses mainly on the muscles around the pelvis and abdomen, all areas of the body are given attention. One of the many benefits is that the exercises produce strength without increasing muscle bulk or compromising the flexibility.
“ The Pilates system works the body as a whole and aims to co-ordinate the upper and lower muscle groups with the center of the body. It can have a dramatic effect on strength, flexibility, posture and co ordination”.
Childbirth is a common reason for weak pelvic floor muscles. When the muscles have been stretched and damaged it can be difficult to retrain them. Part of the problem may arise higher up in the thorax, or it may be due to malalignment of the sacroiliac joints, again very common after childbirth. Re education of the core ( of which the pelvic floor is part of) using biofeedback methods makes relearning these exercises easier and more exact. It means that what little time you have to yourself is used to maximum benefit.
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