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The Pilates method is essentially a mind-body centering technique that emphasises the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability, namely the Lumbo-Pelvic region.


From this central core, the Pilates method works by adjusting the intensity of each exercise through the use of differing length levers (various limb movements) and resistance. Combine this with appropriate breathing control and the essence of the mind-body technique that is Pilates is evident.


Joe Pilates believed that by concentrating on precision of movement, awareness of breath control and a continued flowing movement, the exerciser will be able to alter abnormal patterns of movement and achieve a carryover effect into daily function.


Ensuring you have good core control is integral to movement. Injuries can be caused by imbalances in the body and habitual patterns of movement. When a person has a weakness or a mal-aligned area, they can overcompensate or overdevelop another area to achieve a functional movement. It is critical to correct the mal-alignment and to re-educate the body to prevent recurrence.


Segmental spinal stabilisation, Lumbo-Pelvic stabilisation, good proprioception and body awareness and neutral spine are all phrases you will become familiar with when you partake in Pilates.

Body awareness of how we move whether that be: 

spine on pelvis with pelvic tilt (Lumbo-Pelvic control),

arm from shoulder (Scapula –Humeral control), 

are essential to grasp so key muscles can be re-educated.

The eight principles of Pilates are:

  • Concentration

  • Breathing

  • Centering

  • Control

  • Precision

  • Flowing Movement

  • Integrated Isolation

  • Routine 


Physiotherapy is quickly proving the importance of a balance aligned body. Pilates is a technique that holds enormous potential for progressing towards a functional dynamic treatment tool to correct imbalances in the lumbar spine and peripheral joints.

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