• What is Pilates

    Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Pilates called his method “Contrology”. It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom

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    Danielle Langford, BScPT, MPT, MCPA, Physiotherapist, discusses Pilates & Manual Therapy.
    Danielle Langford, BScPT, MPT, MCPA, Physiotherapist, discusses Pilates & Manual Therapy.
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    Heather Low, a PMA Certified Teacher, discusses Pilates for arthritis.
    Heather Low, a PMA Certified Teacher, discusses Pilates for arthritis.
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    Heather Low, a PMA Certified Teacher, discusses Pilates for flexibility.
    Heather Low, a PMA Certified Teacher, discusses Pilates for flexibility.
  • Pilates & Manual Therapy

    Pilates is working from your core, creating a foundation so that you can move throughout your day better and easier. Clinical Pilates is based on Pilates principles. And, but however, it, the instructor is somebody who’s got a medical background. So whether that’s a kinesiologist, well, a doctor could. Or a physiotherapist or even a nurse. Somebody that’s got a medical background that also has the experience in Pilates and movement.

                   

    With a clinical Pilates session, we would have you come in. We’d talk about your goals, experience, what you are feeling, where you’re feeling your pain. Identify what those goals are. Then we would go and we would do an assessment. So we would have a look at your body. We would identify any imbalances between the two, any muscles that aren’t working or are working.

    Then if we need any manual therapy, because very often physiotherapists can do that as well. So they can do any sort of manual therapy if indicated to help you find that core. And then finally we would be working into our core-specific exercises that are designed around Pilates exercises. So you’d create a core program for you based in Pilates principles.

    Clinical Pilates can be a very safe way to exercise because it has different equipment, it has a one-on-one setting that can help support you. It has somebody who has the knowledge as well. Often seeing your local family physician or doctor can help with a referral to the right option localy to deal witjh edcuation on Pilates. ,

    If you have osteoporosis, if you have osteoarthritis, it can be…So far as even a dancer with scoliosis who’s experiencing pain when they’re dancing. It could be a pregnant woman who is experiencing pelvic pain. We even get athletes who have foot pain, so it’s very bio-mechanical as well. Or a rock climber with shoulder pain when they come up into that position.

    So there’s numerous things that we get. We often get the person who’s sitting at their desk and postural pain with neck and back pain. Or if you have a fear of falling. There’s, there’s lots of different things that, that we can help you with and create a safe environment for you to exercise in.Presenter: Ms. Danielle Langford, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

    If someone has any questions about clinical Pilates or is interested in joining a class,

    Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

  • Pilates and Flexibility

    Doing Pilates in a Pilates studio can really help you increase your flexibility.
    The Pilates equipment is designed to take your body into positions that you might not otherwise be able to achieve, because of its ability to support you and to offer light resistance.

    Anyone who has issues with their flexibility can really benefit from working with a trained instructor in a Pilates studio, someone who will be able to help them find a range of motion that they don't otherwise have.

    Presenter: Ms. Heather Low, Pilates Instructor, Vancouver, BC

    Local Practitioners: Pilates Instructor

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