Our Newest Pilates Team Members

Beyond Hawthorn would like to introduce our newest team members Lisa Duong and Sarah Yule. Lisa and Sarah are both qualified Physiotherapists who will be conducting Clinical Pilates classes at the Hawthorn Clinic. Both Lisa and Sarah have a wealth of knowledge and would like to share with you a little more about Clinical Pilates.

What is Pilates:

Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. Pilates was created in the early 20th Century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates has evolved over many years since its inception but the overall focus of clinical Pilates has remained the same. The focus of Pilates is to enhance and improve, posture, core stability, proprioception, flexibility, strength and restore normal movement patterns.

How does Clinical Pilates differ from general Pilates?

Many would agree that no two bodies are exactly the same. Clinical Pilates exercises follow this same principle. Exercises provided are specific to the individual completing the exercise based on their presenting condition and following thorough assessment. The completion of exercises specific to the individual under supervision enables the instructor to provide feedback regarding technique and control, as well as progress the exercise appropriately and prevent both injury and re-injury whilst monitoring pain.

Exercises are completed with use of various equipment including a reformer (a bench with varying spring levels), a Wunda chair (a chair with varying spring levels), a trapeze table as well as exercises requiring only a mat.

How can Pilates help back pain?

How many of us know someone that has ‘back problems’? It may not be a matter of looking far as it may even be you. It has been suggested that up to 56% of the population have experienced low back pain at some point in time. The cause of low back pain is often multifaceted, however for many with low back pain there is an imbalance and dysfunction in the muscles responsible for providing stability to the spine and trunk.

Evidence suggests that specific Pilates based exercise may be a valuable treatment for low back pain. An assessment by a trained instructor can identify these muscular imbalances and help to address changes in movement patterns. Clinical Pilates with a trained instructor may provide you with the essential link to returning to your activities of daily living and help you return to living and doing what you enjoy.

How can Pilates benefit the pregnant woman?

Pilates is a safe and effective exercise in maintaining health and fitness for pregnant women. Pilates help strengthen your core, back and pelvic floor muscles without putting strain through other joints. The focus of Pilates exercise during pregnancy is on postural training, muscle strengthening, and physical training in preparation for childbirth.

So no matter your age, your fitness or your health, there is a type of Clinical Pilates program to benefit you. Regular practice will leave you feeling stronger, more alert and more stable to move through life

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