How Clinical Pilates can help keep you centered
A century ago, during World War 1 at an English internment camp for German citizens, Joseph Pilates developed 500 “vigorous” exercises to keep his mind, body and fellow citizens strong during their captivity.
His method was originally named “Contrology”, stemming from the concept of keeping more in control of your mind and body. Today the worldwide phenomenon we call Pilates and Clinical Pilates has evolved and been enhanced over the decades into the advanced physical fitness system that it is today, and is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries.
What is Clinical Pilates All About?
There is a lot of buzz around Clinical Pilates, and rightfully so. The long-term benefits that can be attributed to Clinical Pilates are potentially groundbreaking. Millions of people have been helped through strengthening their inner core, improving mind and focus, and preventing recurring injuries well into their future.
What differentiates Clinical Pilates from other methods, is that practitioners are expertly guided by a qualified physio, using a variety of carefully personalized core exercises, in order to achieve specific rehabilitative outcomes such as:
- Healthy Posture
- Increased sense of balance
- Improved coordination
- Reduced lower back pain
The most popular equipment used for carrying out Clinical Pilates ranges from the Reformer bed, Trapeze and Pilates mat-based exercises.
What Makes Clinical Pilates Different to Pilates?
Most people get confused between the two forms of Pilates, but there is a distinct difference. Firstly, Clinical Pilates was created and based more on health improvement, with approaches geared towards targeting specific tissues and body segments. Unlike traditional Pilates, the focus for Clinical Pilates is aimed towards achieving specific rehabilitative outcomes, such as improving posture, increasing balance and reducing back pain. What gives Clinical Pilates its uniqueness is that it is tailored specifically to the unique needs and physical conditions of the client, under the management of a qualified physiotherapist.
Feel More Centered Physically, Mentally and Improve Whole Body Movement
With anything worth achieving in life comes hard work, persistence and time-investment. Although challenging, this also applies to Clinical Pilates in order to achieve the many benefits it can provide. At Back in Motion, we help you to achieve the following positive outcomes:
- Stronger core stability, increased strength and feeling more centered.
- Improved posture, allowing you to walk taller and look better.
- Increased muscle flexibility.
- Reduced lower back pain.
- Enhanced concentration and better breathing, thus feeling sharper and in the zone when it counts.
That all sounds great, right? So we’ve asked our leading physiotherapists for their Top 5 recommendations to help get you started right now, whether you are at home, at work, or on holiday.
Top 5 Tips for Sitting You Can Implement in Your Life Starting Today
- Support your back by adjusting your chair and ensuring your lower back and buttocks touch the back of your chair. Always remember knees need to be slightly lower than your hips.
- Rest your feet flat on the floor, avoid crossing your legs when sitting.
- Take regular breaks and try not to sit in the same position for long periods of time.
- Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips
- Work with your elbows at your side and try reducing the amount of times you reach forward while working.
Top 5 Tips for Standing Like a Pro
- Remember to bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
- Knees should be slightly bent.
- Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backwards.
- Tuck your tummy in and don’t let your pelvis roll forward.
- Relax your arms and let them naturally hang down the sides of your body.
Top 5 Tips for Sleeping Correctly
- Aim to sleep in a position that helps maintain the curve in your lower back - such as on your back with a pillow under your knees.
- Avoid sleeping on your side with your knees raised up towards your chest.
- Always go for a firm mattress that has minimal sagging.
- Always remember your pillow needs to be under your head and not your shoulders.
- Persistence is key to becoming a sleeping pro - keep at it using the tips above and don’t give up or become discouraged.
Want to find out more? Get in touch with your local Back in Motion practice, and find out what the best options are for your unique circumstances and goals.