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Pilates at Daws Osteopathy

6 November 2016 | Marcus Daws | Back care, Injury Prevention, Osteopathy, Pilates

We are very happy to introduce one-to-one Pilates sessions to our list of services at Daws Osteopathy. Each session is run alongside your Osteopathic treatment offering a unique personally tailored treatment.

Pilates has many positive effects on the body such as:

– Improved concentration and mindfulness,
– Increased breathing capacity,
– Alignment and posture correction,
– Balance and core control,
– Coordination,
– Reduce tension and stress,
– Alleviate low-back pain,
– Improve strength and flexibility,
– and is a great for injury prevention as well as rehab.

Pilates is a great way to exercise at home, in the gym, or even in the park, as you can train with or without any equipment.

When I teach, I always recommend my patients to learn about 3 main principles of Pilates which are breathing, alignment and coordination. I often talk about these principles in relation to the breathing technique used in Pilates, the activation of the pelvic floor and transverse abdominus muscle and after all the coordination of all these elements together.

Proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic posture is essential in Pilates, to prevent injury and ensuring great technique throughout the exercises.
Better technique = better results. It also gives you a chance to understand how your body works and therefore helps you identifying when something is not right. You will gain awareness of your posture is the greatest tool to have towards well-being. Many people live with their body for many years without knowing enough about it.

Unlike the gym environment, you will rarely hear me saying ” do 15 reps, 3 sets”. In Pilates, I am all about the quality over quantity of repetitions. I would rather you do 5 of great ones and actually feel what you are doing and which muscles you are engaging rather than “pumping them out”.

After doing private and small classes, I find that the initial one-on-one is the greatest way to learn as there are many little things to learn and coordinate. Yes, breathing is actually not easy!!!! I was bad too.

I am hoping that Pilates can help you to not only regain strength and stability throughout your body but that you will also gain confidence, knowledge and a sense of stress relief.

For the sports addict, Pilates can be a great way to condition the body but also work with injuries or even prevent them by identifying possible risk factors. And yes, Pilates was created by a man for men, so guys don’t be shy, come see me and I am sure we can sort things out!

If you think we can help, make sure to call our two awesome receptionists Debra and Connie, or you can book online too! Easy.

See you soon and get ready to make a change.