What is Clinical Pilates? And how do I spot a great instructor?
In the world of working out, Pilates is high fashion.
Once the best-kept secret of the dance community, Pilates has been discovered and embraced by singers, models, athletes, Actors and wait for it….normal people!!
But what exactly is Pilates about…especially Clinical Pilates?
I always have many interesting and valid questions centred around the question of core stability and its role in Pilates and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
As a Physiotherapist and a Pilates Instructor my evidence based practice is intermingled between manual and movement therapy. Firstly, address the injured structure using evidence-based medicine, then improve it’s function by recovering muscle activation, joint stability then strength.
Pilates plays an important role in rehabilitation of most injuries by improving muscle activation and joint and trunk stability before moving to traditional strength and conditioning exercises.
At the outset it is important to understand that there are two distinct types of Pilates which you may come into contact with.
Mini-Mos 2016- 5 Years Running with SquareOne!
Mini-Mos 2016- 5 Years Running with SquareOne!
The Mini-Mos is a regular fixture in the Mosman community calendar and this year enjoyed its 34th edition. The SquareOne team were there as event sponsors and official Physiotherapy services providers. The Mini-Mos is a great community event that fits well with our ethos at SquareOne- that is to get people out and moving, being active and healthy and enjoying all the benefits that come with it. We had 10 participants on the SquareOne start list ranging from Campbell pushing Coco in the pram over the 10km, Lara, Simon, Steve and Sean doing the 5km, and Holly and Oscar and Kylie and Mackenzie doing the 2km- all followed up by a team lunch- just before the rain came down!
“This is our 5th year as proud sponsors of the Mini-Mos. We see it as an ideal local event and fundraiser for Mosman Public School that engages the local community and enables us to actively promote all the things that we offer at SquareOne that help improve the health and the lives of the people around us. Community engagement is a big focus for the SquareOne team and the Mini-Mos is a great platform to enable us to help more people and promote a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to continuing the fun in the years ahead!” - Holly
“The Mini-Mos 10k is a tough and hilly course and the idea of pushing two and a half year old Coco in the pram seemed a good idea at first but after about 2km I wasn’t so sure! I started right at the back to get out of everyone’s way but soon found myself negotiating other runners as I weaved my way through the field. At about 5km I could see Joey the owner from Vision Mosman up the road and I was determined to catch him for a laugh! The pram was fast on the flat and slight downhills but the uphills and steep downhills almost ground me to a halt. I’d be getting closer to Joey then we’d hit a hill and I’d go backwards. Coco seemed to enjoy the ride and we managed to reel Joey in near the finish and cross the line in 22nd place in 41:15. Needless to say sore calves followed the next day” – Campbell.
Introducing Sarah May
Sarah graduated from Otago University in NZ in 2006, and since then has had experience in a wide variety of areas. After moving to Sydney in 2013, Sarah has specialised in orthopaedic rehabilitation and particularly enjoys treating issues of the lower back and pelvis. After spending 3 years helping people rehabilitate their bodies after surgery, Sarah is passionate about finding the underlying cause for pain and injuries to prevent the need for surgery for as long as possible. Sarah currently offers home visits for rehabilitation for our patients that are unable to attend the clinics. She is also passionate about Pilates and is currently completing her Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Diploma. Sarah loves using Pilates to change faulty movement patterns and help people to return to the things they love doing. Sarah also makes up the second half of our dynamic “Mosman Women’s Health” team at SquareOne and a significant portion of her caseload is to do with all things Women’s Health related! If you have any queries on Women’s Health issues that you think Sarah may be able to help you with or you think a home visit service may be required please call Sarah at SquareOne to discuss further.
Outside of work Sarah loves sailing, is a pretend surfer and loves making the most of being outdoors in the fantastic Sydney weather. She is a coffee snob, and loves good food and wine with friends and family.
Meet Owain Matthews- SquareOne Ambassador
As part of our support of local athletes in the community we have partnered with Owain Matthews, local triathlete, triathlon coach, Dad, Balmoral Tri Club committee member and all round good guy. Owain is a two times Hawaiian Ironman finisher, Triathlon Australia Development coach and is currently training for the Half Ironman World Champs in September. Owain has a huge passion for sport and as an athlete, coach and Dad he has always sought the challenges that it training, competition and a healthy, balanced lifestyle provide him. After transitioning from an international level runner and relocating to Australia with his wife Dani. Owain has embedded himself in the local Mosman community and under the guidance of 4 x Ironman Australia winner Bruce Thomas and as a member of Balmoral Triathlon Club Owain has progressed into a top level amateur while developing himself as a coach within the sport.
Sleep - are you getting enough?
As Physiotherapists we are always asked questions about injury prevention, improving performance, and general health and wellbeing.
Our answer often includes “Recovery is just as important as the training”
While you need to push to get gains from your training you also need to recover. We don't get stronger or fitter from the training we do, but rather how we recover from the training. Having a well structured training plan will that allows for adequate recovery between your hard sessions is essential.
Managing your training load on a weekly, monthly and yearly cycle will reduce your risk of injury and allow for some down time to recover and work on things like core strength and flexibility to help with injury prevention.
It is also surprising to many of our patients that SLEEP also often features in our answers.
It is a simple, controllable factor (except if you, like us, have had sick little ones for the past 2 months!)… And one that gives you bang for your buck.