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Pilates appears to be the buzzword of the new millenium. Many people are swearing by its benefits. From mothers to grandfathers, gym junkies to elite sportsmen, Pilates is one of the fastest growing fitness regimes around. Everyone wants to dip their toe, tryout or induldge themselves in this fantastic new way of exercising.

Pilates though, has been around for nearly a century. Pilates was the brainchild of Joseph Pilates. He invented this exercise regime whilst he was coaching high-level gymnasts. He wanted to develop an innovative way to challenge the capabilities of his gymnasts. His new exercise regime brought together the beliefs and training philosophies of the Eastern and Western world together. Joseph Pilates exercises encompass 6 key philosophies:

Breathing, Concentration, Control, Centering, Precision and Flow

Pilates routines incorporate the key philosophies of yoga (mental focus, breathing control, and centering of the body), together with the muscular strength and flexibility required in functional training and exercise programs. Depending on the type of Pilates class or the trainer’s beliefs will depend on where upon this spectrum your Pilates class will fit.

Pilates at Carlingford Active Health is a mix between functional training, core control and flexibility. With a variety of classes and levels to choose from you are able to get an individually tailored program for your own needs.

People with low back pain, pelvis pain and gluteal/hip pain all ask will Pilates help them. The answer is YES.

How does it help?

A lot of these issues arise because of a weak core. Physiotherapy treatment will get you back on your feet, playing the sport you love or walking your dog.

What is stopping the same pain arising again?

Reoccurrence of back pain occurs in 70% of people within the first 3 months. Strengthening your core helps prevent further episodes of back and pelvic pain.

What is your core?

The core are your deep stabilising muscles that help to stabilise your lower back, pelvis and abdominals during movement. Having a stronger core allows a more stable, controlled base for which movement to occur and thus protects your back from further episodes of pain.

Pilates is also an extremely beneficial exercise for athletes. Many sportsmen (Michael Clarke and Adam Scott) and football teams (West-Tigers and Collingwood) all practice Pilates regularly. Pilates incorporates core and functional training exercises that help prevent common injuries such as lower back pain, stress fractures, hip pathologies and adductor overloads.

Imagine reaching outstretched for that tennis volley, hitting the ball with power and precision and then controlling your body to bounce back to put away the winning smash.

How about being able to side step your opponent at pace, tip toe down the boundary line and have the body control and power to kick the winning goal from 50m.

Pilates can make the impossible movements seem possible.