Clinical Pilates in Southampton
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Our chartered Physiotherapist Steph runs one-to-one Pilates sessions for any ages, gender or levels from beginners all the way to an advanced level. Steph has trained via the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute), which is a highly recognised and respected establishment for Pilates instructor training.
Clinical Pilates is designed by physiotherapists specifically for those working in the field of rehabilitation. Matwork Pilates uses a series of exercises consisting of strength, mobility and stretching with various graded levels to promote gradual progression, which can be tailored to individual needs and abilities.
The main aim is to create a central core of stability in the lumbo-pelvic region to promote core stability, flexibility, endurance, postural and body awareness to enhance and correct everyday functional movement patterns, promote sporting success and prevention of injuries. Pilates also has positive effects on the mind as it is a potent stress-reliever, utilising a combination of breathing and flow techniques and endorphin boosting exercises to improve your mind, mood and soul.
- Soft tissue or joint pain and pathology
- Correct abnormal movement patterns
- Correct muscle imbalances
- Neuromuscular timing
- Segmental spinal stabilisation
- Pelvic floor stability
- Core stability
- Lumbo-pelvic stability
- Re-educate functional movement patterns
- Injury prevention
- Postural and body awareness
Steph’s one-to-one sessions within our spacious clinic room in West End will be tailored to you via an hour-long initial consultation, which will decipher your level, requirements and limitations. The follow-up sessions (60min/45min/30min) will then be meticulously tailored to your needs to ensure the exercises are appropriate for your individual needs. Steph’s bespoke one-to-one sessions are perfect for people who have been tentative about joining a class and can give you confidence, experience and the appropriate knowledge and technique for those wanting to go onto a class-based Pilates in the future.
Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates
Steph is also working towards her entire Matwork series and is currently undertaking an additional course in Ante and Post-natal (pregnancy) Pilates.
This form of Pilates is a perfect, low impact exercise to do throughout your pregnancy, since it retrains your body to be strong, flexible and balanced without straining other joints. Steph will modify exercises to accommodate your growing bump to help improve strength and coordination, focusing on your core, pelvic floor and spinal muscles, whilst also focusing on deep breathing and relaxation techniques, perfect preparation for childbirth.
Common Pregnancy Conditions Pilates can help with:
- Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
- Pelvic girdle pain (PGP)
- Sacroiliac joint sprains/strains
- Vertebral segmental joint hypermobility
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Gluteal myofascial pain syndrome
- Core muscle insufficiency
- Rectus diastasis
- Low back pain
- Pubic pain
Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates benefits:
- Strengthen your pelvic floor, which will help to support your bowel, bladder and womb as your baby grows and moves down and then restore normal function post-partum
- Strengthen your core muscles, which equips your body better to cope with the strains caused by the weight of your growing baby and to help restore normal alignment post-partum
- Reduces back pain, by exercising the deepest core muscles that stabilise your back and pelvis. Weak muscles can lead to back or pelvic pain.
- Helps with balance, as your bump grows you may feel a little more clumsy, or that your balance isn’t as good as usual. Pilates exercises strengthen your core and may make you more stable as you walk.
- Takes the strain off your back and pelvis, by using stretches and positions such as on your hands and knees, which is a great position for pregnancy. Towards the end of your pregnancy, it may also help to get your baby into the right position for the birth.
- Relax and control your breathing, which is important for pregnancy and labour.
- Help restore abdominal and pelvic floor strength and alignment, key for post-partum to support your back and pelvis.
- Help restore and retrain correct spinal and pelvic alignment
- Help retrain normal and functional movement patterns
- Help with health lifting of your new born
Pilates can be suitable for anyone and is becoming highly recommended by GP’s, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists. Athletes both in amateur and high level sport are seeing the benefits of Pilates in their performance levels and their recovery. Office workers wanting to work on their posture are seeing improvements in their sitting positions and a general decrease in low back pain with adherence to regular sessions. Pregnant patients and mothers post-partum are noticing better recovery from back pain and pelvic girdle pain associated with pregnancy and repetitive lifting of their new born child.
Have a chat with Steph about whether Pilates may benefit you.