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Pilates is a form of exercise that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates who developed from a frail child into a leading gymnast, diver, and skier. He believed that mental and physical health were related, and that improved movement could be developed through learning-controlled movement from a strong core.

Nowadays Pilates is taught in several styles and at Parks Therapy Centre, our instructor teaches Modified Pilates, which is a research-based approach to Pilates. It is based on the original 34 Pilates mat-work exercises which have been modified to take account of the most up to date evidence on the best and most effective way of using them.

Pilates Stretches
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Can Pilates benefit me?

There is strong evidence to support the benefits of Pilates exercises as part of the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of back and other musculoskeletal injuries.

Pilates exercises helps to improve:

  • Strength

  • Flexibility

  • Stability

  • Posture

  • Body control and awareness

  • Coordination

It uses exercises that focus on developing and understanding the role of the deep abdominal muscles which support the trunk and provide a strong base for all other forms of exercise (for more information see the leaflet on Core Stability in Parks reception). Strengthening the deep core muscles allows the development of precision in the exercises, which helps improve body and postural awareness.

  • It can help improve general fitness.

  • It can be used as a complement to other forms of exercise.

  • It used to help recovery and rehabilitation from injury.

  • It can help reduce and prevent injury. It can be done safely in pregnancy.

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What is the class like?
  • The class lasts for 1 hour. 

  • You should wear clothing that is light, comfortable and will allow you to stretch. 

  • Ideally exercise on an empty stomach or eat a light meal at least 2 hours before the class. If you have had a heavy meal allow more than 2 hours to let your digestions settle. 

  • Equipment is provided at the class.

Why Parks Therapy Centre?

Our classes are taught by a Stott trained instructors who uses Pilates exercises and techniques as part of the rehabilitation of many different muscular and joint injuries.

List of Classes
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