History of Pilates
Pilates was named after German-born Joseph Hubertus Pilates, who is said to have been a frail and weak child who was often bullied in his younger years. It is said that he was determined to overcome his weak physical state and began the journey to what we know term as ‘Pilates’.
Joseph combined exercises and methods from a large number of exercise methods such as yoga, Zen, boxing, gymnastics, circus training, weight training and more, and went on to even model for anatomy charts.
In the 1920’s it is said that he went on to assist with the rehabilitation of injured prisoners during the first World War, where he used springs from hospital beds to facilitate exercise in rehabilitation. After the war, he then developed machines that would resist one’s movements in order to facilitate the inner muscles to work against it, enabling for one to concentrate on the technique of the movements. This is where today, like in our studio, we see the birth of Reformer and Trapeze beds within Pilates.
In more recent times, Pilates exercises have been examined and modified to relate to the improvement of posture, strength, flexibility, and in particular, address back pain and other musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
Applying modern day knowledge and research has enabled the changing and modification of the principles and known Pilates exercises into more user friendly exercises for the ‘average’ population.
Today, it is applied to a broad range of individuals, as the Pilates exercises can be modified and manipulated to suit different needs and requirements. It allows for a broad range of movement patterns in different positions, with and without equipment, to facilitate good quality movement patterns and co-ordination of one’s body.
Pilates exercises are most importantly about control. Clinical Pilates aims to develop controlled patterns of movement, then gradually ‘challenge’ the body by adding more complex movements, speed, and other variables. Hence the beauty of Pilates being suitable for a wide range of clients!
The Physio Essentials Pilates Method is known for the Physiotherapist’s and Instructor’s attention to detail, focus on individualising programs, modifying programs as client’s needs change, as well as thorough assessments and re-assessments both during and in between blocks of sessions. It revolves around developing awareness of the body, its position and how to identify and move different joints and parts of the body.
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We are known for our ability to manipulate, modify and adjust traditional Pilates exercises, across a large platform of equipment, in order to keep clients challenged, focused, enticed and enjoying exercise that is specifically targeted to address each individual client’s goals and needs. We pride ourselves in taking this one step further to ensure that as clients have good and bad days, changes from week to week, that their session program is modified, adjusted and changed to suit their daily needs as well. We enjoy taking extra time and care to ensure we translate in-house Pilates exercises to home based exercise solutions in order to ensure that we continually are helping our clients, help themselves in their individual wants and needs.
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