What is Pilates?

 Pilates is a very specific form of exercise involving the conscious recruitment and control of muscular movements in the body. Founded by Joseph Pilates in the 1900’s, who worked closely with ballet dancers, it has been around for a while but has gained popularity in the last 5-10 years among the general public. Clinical Pilates is the Australian Physiotherapists answer to medical research in the mid 1990’s that showed using your core muscles could reduce spinal pain and also reduce the recurrence of low back pain. 

 
What’s involved?
Clinical Pilates is primarily involved with the deep abdominal muscles around your spine, your transverses abdominals, often known as your "core muscles". When we refer to these we DO NOT mean the six pack muscles which is a common mistake for those who have not had the proper instruction. Your "core muscles" are much smaller and a few layers deeper meaning they sit closer to the spine. You can’t see these muscles and often you can’t feel them which is why we use the latest technology of Real-time Ultrasound which enables us to see, measure and teach you the proper activation of your core muscles before you start a Pilates program with SquareOne.
The Pilates program is then based on being able to activate your core muscles whilst you move through exercises which are designed to improve mobility, strengthen and tone

Pilates is a very specific form of exercise involving the conscious recruitment and control of muscular movements in the body. Founded by Joseph Pilates in the 1900’s who worked closely with ballet dancers, it has been around for a while but has gained popularity in the last 5-10 years among the general public. Clinical Pilates is the Australian Physiotherapists answer to medical research in the mid 1990’s that showed using your core muscles could reduce spinal pain and also reduce the recurrence of low back pain. 

 
What’s involved?
Clinical Pilates is primarily involved with the deep abdominal muscles around your spine, your transverses abdominals, often known as your "core muscles". When we refer to these we DO NOT mean the six pack muscles which is a common mistake for those who have not had the proper instruction. Your "core muscles" are much smaller and a few layers deeper meaning they sit closer to the spine. You can’t see these muscles and often you can’t feel them which is why we use the latest technology of Real-time Ultrasound which enables us to see, measure and teach you the proper activation of your core muscles before you start a Pilates program with SquareOne.
 
The Pilates program is then based on being able to activate your core muscles whilst you move through exercises which are designed to improve mobility, strengthen and tone. A stable pelvis and shoulder girdle is maintained before other parts of the body are moved which contributes to developing good posture.
 
Clinical Pilates progresses from simple isolated movements to dynamic and complex exercises with good alignment that aims at restoring natural and normal movement.
 
Clinical Pilates is beneficial for
Back pain
Neck pain
Spinal injuries
Disc bugles/prolapses
Postural pain
Shoulder pain
Hip pain
Pelvic pain
Pre/post natal
 
At SquareOne we have developed an innovative program that will teach you how your spine and body should move. We use a blend of Clinical Pilates exercises, incorporated into a floor programme using balls, bands, and foam rollers to further challenge your stability and improve the variety of exercises within the programme.
 
Our classes have a maximum of 4 participants in each class which guarantees you will be given enough attention to correctly learn how to move your body and be advised properly on what muscles should be used. This is essential for Clinical Pilates to be successful in reducing symptoms and improving the way your body functions.