Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve central core stability and posture. A stable central core is essential for maintaining correct postures, good control and balance of the whole body. Long term this can prevent injury and pressure on our joints.
Pilates when performed regularly, positively changes the body. The exercises combine awareness of the spinal stability muscles, breathing sequence and postural correction with suppleness and flexibility.
The Pilates method can be used for the prevention and rehabilitation of many back injuries. In order to prevent a recurrence of back pain, it is essential to retrain the deep abdominal and spinal muscles. Pilates provides clients with exercises that improve our patterns of movement. This can then be carried over into daily functional activities and other forms of exercise.
About Your Pilates Instructor, Joanna Laurence
I qualified as a physiotherapist, gaining a BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy at Kings Colllege University, in 2002. I am a certified APPI Pilates Instructor and have 10 years experience of teaching Pilates on a 1:1 level and class setting to clients in the community. I have a special interest in treating abnormal movement patterns through the Pilates approach, bridging the gap between physiotherapy and Pilates.
With your Pilates instructor being a physiotherapist, clients are provided with the highest standard of care, can receive individual programmes (if required) to take into account medical and physical conditions and have access to the most recent research knowledge.
About the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI)
APPI is firmly established as the leading force in the delivery of safe and effective Pilates training for physiotherapists. All APPI instructors work in accordance to a standard code of practice to govern class sizes and professional conduct.