What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise technique that increases strength, mobility, flexibility, motor control and balance throughout the body. The core principle of Pilates is to keep the pelvis in a neutral position, whilst engaging the pelvic floor muscles and breathing normally at the same time. Once this is mastered, movement can then be added from the arms and legs to challenge the core further. Attending a small group or one-to-one Pilates class is the best way to learn the technique properly. For further information on the pelvic floor, have a look at this HSE advice on what the pelvic floor is and how it works.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
The concept of Pilates is to strengthen the stabilising muscles: the smaller deep muscles such as in the shoulder, core and hips. This in turn, provides support, stability and will reduce the risk of injury or recurrent pain when performing manual tasks, walking or running. In addition, Pilates incorporates mindfulness. The continual concentration focuses the mind on the task in hand, getting rid of any external thoughts and stresses. At the end of a class, it’s common to feel refreshed and exhilarated both physically and mentally.
Who would benefit from Pilates?
Pilates is suitable for men and women of all ages. It can help strengthen muscles, bones and joints so is ideal for anyone who wants to keep fit, active and in good shape. It can also help with bladder and bowel control, back or neck pain relief and post-surgery rehabilitation. Pilates is also useful for sports people who want to gain a competitive edge and reduce the risk of injury.
Where can I find one-to-one Pilates class in Cork?
There are several Pilates classes in Cork, however, it’s essential that you are performing the exercises correctly and are taught the correct technique from the start. By attending a small group or one-to-one Pilates class at Next Level Physiotherapy Cork city, you are guaranteed to be in safe and competent hands.
If you would like further information or would like to book in for a Pilates session please contact us. Please note that class times are not set and can be arranged for a date and time that suit you.