Physio Pilates classes are perfect for helping you strengthen your body and put you on the right journey to recovery from aches, pains or injuries. The therapeutic exercises associated with physio pilates will support your muscles, tendons, and ligaments to improve stability, mobility, strength, balance, and control. Not only that, but your spine and body alignment will improve through developing the core muscles associated with your posture’s movements.
At Heba Pilates, we build upon the techniques used in pilates exercises by including fresh ideas and movements, new methodologies, and much more of a personalised approach. We’ve also re-invented tech-enhanced equipment.
We want to enable people to look after their bodies by improving flexibility, motion and control so that it becomes second nature to them. Seeking help from pilates instructor classes will significantly enhance your well-being, and you’ll feel completely re-energised with your new understanding of your body’s mechanics.
In pilates, some fundamental principles are associated with improving physical fitness and helping rehabilitate injuries.
What Are The Principles Of Physio Pilates?
When you visit private pilates classes, it won’t take long for you to realise how vital controlled breathing is in helping your body move more efficiently. It may come as a surprise to learn that poor breathing practices can impact every part of your body. It can have an effect on your pelvic floor health, worsen your posture, create neural sensitivity and your body’s ability to move.
Breathing deeply and fully while focusing on your diaphragm movements will help your body relax more and move easier. When working on your abdomen, you can help activate your deep core muscles through strong exhales. You can also reduce your stress levels with a slow, deep inhale as it sends signals to the brain to calm down.
For your body’s movements to improve, you will need a lot of concentration. If you want to experience the full mental and physical benefits of physio pilates classes, you must have complete focus on your body’s movements. Being mindful of the way your body moves can help you manage pain better, reduce blood pressure and lower stress.
You can increase the awareness of your body by concentrating within and teaching yourself to feel which muscles are working and where in your body you are moving from. Having this focus and improving body awareness will help your daily movements in life work much more easily, and you can learn to engage specific muscles, as well as relax them.
One of the things you’ll learn when attending pilates instructor classes is the concept of the “powerhouse”. The “powerhouse” is essentially the centre of your body. If you imagine that there was a box covering the middle of your body, this area would start from your shoulders and come down to your hip joints and the bottom of your spine. This central area is where the majority of pilates exercises focus on.
Activating your deep core muscles will help to improve your body alignment and enhance standard body movement patterns. You can then work on strengthening your core to help prevent injuries in the future and allow you to perform daily activities effortlessly. To help you to connect to your centre, practise good breathing habits. This will help you create a strong foundation for movement without the need to brace yourself, suck in or clench.
Controlling your body is an extremely key principle in private pilates classes. Exercising control over your mind to make your body move in precise ways is essential in pilates. Control is especially important when using a reformer. This is because absolute control is necessary for making sure the machine’s pulleys and springs glide smoothly.
Many people who join pilates classes feel like they don’t have complete control over their bodies. This can sometimes be due to years of inactivity, illness, pregnancy or injuries. Spending time making a conscious effort to produce new movements will eventually lead to them being “hard-wired” into your brain, and these movements will become automatic. Making these new movements a part of everyday life is particularly helpful for people in rehabilitation from an injury.
To get the optimum results of smoother body motion, pilates requires you to move in a very distinct way. You have to enlighten your body to move in new ways that will make your life better and more comfortable with your mobility. You can achieve this through corrections and cues from your instructor to get you to create particular shapes and movement patterns with your body. Instructors will also often indicate which muscles and bones should be working at each given time.
Precision in pilates consists of understanding to originate movements from the correct parts of your body and using the right level of effort that’s tailored to you. Of course, if you’re a beginner, it will take some time to accomplish absolute precision, but your instructor can still guide you in each exercise to be as precise as possible with your body movements. These new, precise movements will become instinctual the more you repeat your exercises.
Although you may find some movements challenging to begin with, pilates inspires your body to move with alleviation and fluidity. Listening to those cues from your instructor will allow you to understand where each movement should come from on your body, when to apply effort and how much effort is suitable for you.
Further down the line, your body will automatically know what to do through exercises involving the control of various body parts and will give you the capacity to move flexibly. This means that you can carry out ordinary tasks simply and maybe even do things that push you a bit that you didn’t think were possible.
The Heba Journey
At Heba, we want you to understand how your body works and ways to move subconsciously with grace and efficiency. Our Heba Journey consists of several “superpowers” that you can obtain through pilates exercises to become your best self:
- Stability – teach your small, local muscles to prepare the body for movement to avoid tightness.
- Mobility – improve your posture, technique and range of motion by developing controlled voluntary and active mobility in your joints.
- Strength – learn how to recruit your muscles in an optimal way and then you can strengthen them to help your back, shoulders, arms, hips and legs.
- Balance – recognise where imbalances exist and correct them through anterior, posterior and lateral balance so your muscles can work in harmony.
- Control – by achieving the previous “superpowers”, you’ll be able to control and coordinate the use of your muscles efficiently.
- Challenge – evaluate your progress and recognise where and when you need to challenge yourself to improve further.
Mastering these six stages will mean that you will subconsciously understand what your body wants and automatically respond with your newfound freedom of movement.
Whether you want to attend physio pilates classes in a studio or would prefer to do the exercises in the comfort of your own home, Heba has the right plan for you. For more information, send us an email and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.