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.

Quiz: Do You Understand Pilates & Exercise?

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1

Pilates can have mental health benefits.

Explanation:
Pilates helps release tension in the muscles, lower cortisol (also called the “stress hormone”) levels, improve focus and promote better sleep.
2

Stay away from eating complex carbs before a Pilates workout.

Explanation:
Foods rich in complex carbs can be great pre-workout snacks. Complex carbs will slowly release energy during and after a workout. Foods with simple sugars will break down quickly, which can result in fatigue. Look for foods such as multigrain bread, beans, bananas, berries and sweet potatoes.
3

Pilates can help prevent and reduce back pain.

Explanation:
Pilates promotes good posture and spinal alignment, relieves tight hamstring muscles and strengthens gluteal muscles. This can prevent and relieve symptoms of back pain.
4

Pilates is named after its creator Joseph Pilates.

Explanation:
Joseph Pilates was imprisoned in an internment camp during World War I. He began to develop floor exercises using items that were available in the camp, such as bed springs. He later used these exercises to rehabilitate other prisoners.
5

Cardio exercise is the foundation of Pilates.

Explanation:
Strength training is the foundation of Pilates. It's all about precise, controlled movements performed on a mat and/or using special equipment. Pilates is considered a low-impact form of exercise.
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Heather Low, a PMA Certified Teacher, discusses Pilates for arthritis.

Heather Low, a PMA Certified Teacher, discusses Pilates for flexibility.

How Pilates Can Help Your Arthritis

Pilates equipment is designed to help people who might have physical conditions like arthritis that limit their ability to exercise.

Pilates equipment such as the trap table is designed to help people who are even bedridden. Someone with arthritis is going to have a great experience in proving their health through regular exercise. The key to this is working with a great Pilates instructor – someone who has experience and training, so the possible pitfalls of injury by doing it improperly are avoided.

If you have questions about Pilates and arthritis, contact a local Pilates teacher.

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

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.

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. Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

If someone has any questions about clinical Pilates or is interested in joining a class, they can contact their local clinical Pilates instructor.

Presenter: Ms. Danielle Langford, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

Heather Low, a PMA Certified Teacher, discusses Pilates to improve posture.

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