Pilates for mind and body
Pilates is a mind-body centring technique that emphasises the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability namely the lumbo-pelvic region. The method was originally devised by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. Joseph believed that by concentrating on the flow and precision of a movement, coupled with controlled breathing, that abnormal movement patterns could be rectified.
Banbury Pilates at BPPP uses a modified approach to the original exercises, creating a more progressive approach to core stability training. This approach incorporates the recent research on back instability, muscle imbalance, and adverse neural tension. Therefore, it is deemed safe and effective for individuals recovering from recent injury and those who suffer from chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Pilates exercises help to improve:
- Strength, stamina and flexibility
- Reduction of tension and stress
- Body awareness
- Recovery from injury
- Pelvic floor tone
- General fitness
- performance in other forms of exercise
- recover and rehabilitation time
- risk of injury (by lowering it)
- experience during pregnancy (with qualified support)
Our classes are taught by qualified Physiotherapists that are approved Pilates instructors from Plus Pilates. Class sizes are limited to ensure quality teaching. Our antenatal classes are taught by a Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist.
Pilates can be performed at different levels allowing those recovering from injury or illness to start to exercise but also providing a challenging workout for those with a higher level of fitness. Pilates works on several principles including alignment and control. One to one and small classes allows the physiotherapist to check posture and ensure the correct muscles are being recruited to support the spine.
We provide all the equipment for the classes including mats, head supports, balls, magic circles and foam rollers so no need to bring anything with you. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. There is also an opportunity to buy Pilates equipment from our shop so you can continue to practice what you have learnt from the classes at home.
Antenatal Pilates in Banbury
Throughout your pregnancy you’re your body shape will be changing, and your centre of gravity will move. You start “eating for two”, or twice as healthy, and as the body changes to adapt to the growing baby, energy levels can be challenged.
Hormonal changes affect the joints of the pelvis which are held together by strong ligaments. The reason for the hormone release is that the pelvic area needs to allow the baby to
pass through. This loosening of the pelvic ligaments occurs from the release of a hormone called relaxin. This stretches all the ligaments and muscles in your body promoting flexibility and is a reason why during pregnancy you often see an increase in musculoskeletal aches and pains.
Because of the additional flexibility, the muscles must provide additional support, and this can manifest itself in aches and pains and changes to posture.
Because of the additional movement in the joints plus a change in posture- looking after yourself with core and pose type exercise is extremely beneficial. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are free and remain flexible.
Many women find Pilates and Yoga to be the best exercises to do both during and after their
pregnancy. Both forms of exercise help to build core strength, stamina, and flexibility. Yoga is great for mindfulness during labour and assists to maintain good breathing control during the labour process.
Antenatal benefits of Yoga and Pilates:
Both programs of exercise highlight the development of flexibility and core alongside control of breathing. The exercises engage the pelvic floor and through the program develop strength through all postures. Yoga introduces meditation and breathing control which assists in the later