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Pilates is a type of exercise that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century during the First World War to help hospitalized soldiers stay strong. Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that focuses on the activation and control of the body’s stabilizing muscles which includes your core, glutes and scapular muscles. Pilates involves gentle low impact exercise using your own body weight, equipment (reformers) or small weights, to waken up postural muscles and improve how you move. The principals of pilates align well with the principals of physiotherapy as both strive to increase body awareness, improve posture and quality of movement. As such pilates can be a great addition to any rehabilitation plan and is suitable for almost anyone.

Studio Athletica offers pilates sessions with a qualified physiotherapist and pilates instructor allowing your program to be safely tailored to your history and injuries. Pilates programs are designed to improve mobility, balance, performance, and most importantly prevent injury. The motions and movements practiced during pilates tone, lengthen and strengthen the body helping to rehabilitate the body to its fullest potential.

Physiotherapists commonly recommend pilates as a treatment option for:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Impingement symptoms
  • Post abdominal surgery
  • Post low back surgery
  • Women recovering from or going through pregnancy (pre/post natal)
  • Neck strains
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Poor posture

Consult your health care provider if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above and think pilates may help. Our pilates programs will keep you moving and help you reach your goals sooner.