The Power of Pilates

Did you know that our very own Chiropractor, Sharon is also a Pilates Instructor (Advanced Level 3)??

Sharon has been teaching Pilates in Taunton for many years now.  In between her busy clinic times she currently runs 3 classes a week that are suitable for beginners or mixed ability level.  She says, “the classes attract both male and female clients who are either recovering from an injury or are hoping to improve posture, flexibility or want to prevent injury.”

Read on to find our more about Pilates and whether is might suit you……

What is Pilates?

The Pilates technique is an exercise system developed in the early 20th Century by Joseph Pilates which systematically exercises all the muscle groups in your body, both weak and strong. Pilates has a focus on the core which is the area between your shoulders and pelvis. It combines focus on the flexibility of yoga with emphasis on proper postural alignment, core strength, muscle balance and strength building through a series of low-impact movements. 

Pilates is popular in the field of fitness to improve performance, improve movement control, prevent injuries and the rehabilitation of injuries.  As well as high performing athletes, Pilates is also useful to those who struggle with back, neck and joint pain from everyday work and tasks. Strengthening the core and improving postural awareness will improve body function and thereby alleviate pain and prevent injury. Pilates has been used and recommended for many years to those who suffer back, neck and joint pain, osteoarthritis and posture related pain. It is useful to progress individuals through movements that represent their day to day activities. Exercises can be adapted to the needs of the individual to provide either a gentle strength training programme or a challenging workout. It has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness.

The Benefits of Pilates

By practising Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits and most people feel the benefits after only a few sessions.

Improved Core Strength and Stability

Building abdominal strength is vital to most daily activities as it is this area which provides core stability.  The fundamental principles of Pilates can be applied to everyday activities and other forms of exercise to ensure they are performed correctly and safely for the body.

Improved Posture and Balance

Alignment and postural correction will mean you will stand taller, sit straighter and move with better balance and coordination helping your body function better.

Improved Flexibility and Increased Joint Mobility

Lengthening tight muscles will enable your body to move more freely and more comfortably.

Injury Prevention

Pilates is an excellent preventative technique that will strengthen the body against potential injury.

Stress Relief

Allowing yourself some time out of your busy schedule to focus on yourself!

So who wants to get started now??  With all these great benefits we often recommend that our patients take up Pilates.  We are very lucky at Taunton Chiropractic Clinic that we can refer our patients directly to Sharon and her classes.  With Sharon’s Chiropractic knowledge as well as her Pilates training we know our patients will be taken good care of and see great results, with a special focus on their back, neck or joint pain.  As an added bonus Sharon has also gained a qualification in Pilates and the Older Adult Level 3 and has completed a course on Understanding Osteoporosis and Bone Safe Pilates Mat Work.

If you have any questions as to whether Pilates would be suitable for you, just ask your Chiropractor!

Sharon runs 8 week courses of Pilates in Taunton for £54

Tuesday 6.15-7.15pm at Taunton School Sports Club: Mixed Ability

Tuesday 7.30 – 8.30pm at Taunton School Sports Club: Mixed Ability

Thursday 10 – 11am at Riverside Church, Hamilton Road: Mixed Ability

Thursday 6.15 – 7.15pm at Riverside Church, Hamilton Road: Mixed Ability

Thursday 7.30 – 8.30pm at Riverside Church, Hamilton Road: Advanced Ability