WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
A small group class with a maximum of 4 participants. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable sports clothing and grip socks.
CLINICAL PILATES AT LIME
One of the main reasons our Pilates classes are so beneficial is the individual focus that is put into each session and our clients. We want to ensure that you get the most of your time in the class - by knowing exactly what the class entails, what techniques to use and how to keep safe.
That's why we need you to undertake an initial assessment and if required, participate in more one-on-one sessions with your Physio before you can book into our Zest Clinical Pilates classes. This is to ensure we can understand any physical concerns or limitations you may have, plus gauge your ability to undertake the different exercises safely and effectively. It also enables us to develop an individual program tailored specifically for your needs.
Your Physiotherapist will work with you and let you know when to book into the group classes.
View our Group Class timetable here
WHAT IS CLINICAL PILATES?
Clinical Pilates is a treatment and rehabilitation methodology designed to change the way your body holds and moves.
Clinical Pilates uses evidence based, diagnostic criteria to devise a program targeting enhanced body awareness, better patterns of body movement and a functional outcome relevant to the client’s needs.
Pilates is low-impact and does not induce inflammation and overuse syndromes. Increases in strength and improvements in flexibility are additional benefits of Pilates.
Those who have better core strength are thought to have better dynamic control of their movements, and are less likely to sustain injuries. This is what is known as "neuromuscular control," which has been used to prevent many types of injuries.
Our practitioners are all qualified and required to be registered with their appropriate registration body. Most registration bodies require their registered practitioners to keep up to date with new information, technology and techniques by mandatory continued education.
5 BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PILATES
- Breathing: Always remember to breathe! Try to breathe into the back and sides of the ribs, while keeping the shoulders relaxed. Breathe slowly in through your nose and out through gently pursed lips.
- Pelvic Placement: All you have to remember is NEUTRAL and IMPRINT. Neutral is when you hands make a triangle and it is parallel to the mat. Imprint is the small movement when your belly button sinks into the ground so that your hip bones and ribs move slightly closer together.
- Ribcage Placement: When your arms rise over your head, you exhale and close the ribs in together. When you lower your arms by your side, close the ribs together again and really feel those abs working!
- Shoulder blade Placement: (a) Inhale, reach your arms up to the ceiling, exhale draw the shoulder blades down the back. Keep the neck relaxed! (b) Inhale, shrug the shoulders up to the ears, Exhale, slightly press the fingertips into the ground as you return the shoulders back to normal. Keep those shoulders weighted into the ground!
- Head and Neck Placement: Inhale, nod the head slightly, Exhale, return it to neutral. Try to keep the front of the neck relaxed. Think about the back of the neck lengthening away from you.
These are great to try at home, while you are working and even while you are driving!
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