Getting to the core of good health

Pilates is a system of exercise and conditioning which helps enhance the body’s central core – helping to build up muscle strength, flexibility and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back.

What is Pilates all about?

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 19th century to correct postural alignment whilst conditioning the deepest core muscles. Your body’s core (the area around your middle and pelvis) is where your centre of gravity is located. Pilates strengthens and lengthens your core muscles, increasing flexibility and joint mobility.

When you run, walk, ride a bike, or skip your core muscles are hard at work, keeping you upright and stabilising your body. When you have good core stability, the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen all work together in harmony, providing essential support to your spine and giving your body a strong and stable base.

The weaker your core muscles, the more likely you are to experience problems such as lower back pain. Strong core muscles help keep you protected from such injuries .

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone can benefit from Pilates. As well as stabilising and strengthening the body it can also help to reduce pain and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Pilates can be used to rehabilitate the body after surgery and injury and can be very effective in helping people who are recovering from sports injuries.

Pilates is also great for providing relief from arthritis and orthopaedic conditions such as back, neck and joint pain – aiding mobility, restoring function, and building strength, flexibility and balance.

What are the benefits?

Over time, a weak core and poor posture can have a negative impact on your body. Without the protection of stable core muscles (the body’s “natural corset”) areas such as the lower back and pelvis become more susceptible to injury and pain.

Once you begin Pilates, you’ll train your body to become balanced and efficient, meaning you’ll feel stronger and more stable. This in turn will reduce your vulnerability to injury, making you less likely to experience strains and sprains in the future.

What can I expect?

Our Pilates classes are held in our new health and fitness studio, located above the Chatteris Osteopaths clinic and are taken by a fully qualified Pilates instructor. Classes are tailored to the specific needs of the participants and are small in number (maximum of 8 persons) ensuring individual attention for each of the participants.