What is Pilates?
Pilates was originally developed as a rehabilitation method for soldiers. Through years of refinement, Pilates has become an exercise method that integrates postural and breathing awareness into a program designed to strengthen the core muscles. Pilates is a series of fluid movements designed to build body awareness, promote flexibility and support resistance training in a fashion that builds lean muscle. Although not an ideal exercise method alone, Pilates is an excellent addition to any exercise program requiring strength and flexibility training that supports the core musculature, encourages improved posture and helps restore muscle imbalance.
How will Pilates help me?
Pilates is ideal for those looking for light resistance exercise using body weight. It helps create awareness of posture, breathing and movement patterns that may be contributing to weakness, pain, or dysfunction. Pilates is specifically designed to help patients connect with their body and build strong core musculature in the shoulder blade, low back and pelvic region.
Physio Pilates Classes
Physio Pilates classes will be taught be a registered Physiotherapist who has been trained by STOTT PILATES®. STOTT PILATES has designed a program specifically for rehabilitation professionals to aid in the transition from basic core exercises to advanced training programs. Your physiotherapist will be aware of your current injury condition and will help you develop a program specific to your needs. The class will be made up of people who have experienced similar injuries, who are looking to advance their home program and perhaps consider working on their core strength in a community-based Pilates program when finished.
Physio Pilates is ideal for anyone who is completing their rehabilitation plan and looking to become more independent with their exercise program. You should be fit to exercise in a controlled group setting and cleared to participate by your family doctor and allied health practitioner (physiotherapist, chiropractor, etc.). Some awareness and previous experience with core training is ideal but not necessary.
The cost per class is $25* (billed as Physiotherapy Pilates) and is approximately an hour in duration. Both beginner and intermediate Physio Pilates classes are available throughout the year. To register for this class, please call (519) 767-5011 extension 1 for reception to get more information on the next available session.
*Effective January 1st, 2019, HPC Pilates rates will increase to $30 per class
Physio Pilates Reformer Appointments
The reformer is a specialized piece of Pilates equipment that allows you to add resistance to your core workout. Using a spring loaded system, the reformer can be used in sitting, standing and lying down positions to maximize your exercise program. It increases awareness of your core strength and stability as you work through your exercises with increased intensity and endurance when compared to most mat programs.
The reformer is a great step up for those who have completed rehab for a hip, back or shoulder injury or those who are progressing through their rehab program with relative ease. It can be used to intensify your current core exercise program and provide you with new challenges for your body's strength, flexibility and endurance needs.
Each reformer session will be taught one-on-one with a STOTT PILATES trained physiotherapist. You will learn how to use the equipment safely and how to modify the exercises and the machine for your specific needs. In time, you be able to attend the clinic and complete your program under less supervision. It is an excellent addition to any core program that may feel stagnant and is a great introduction to the reformer if your are considering participating in a class at any one of the several Pilates studios in Guelph and surrounding area.
Booking an Appointment
To book an initial appointment you must either be referred by another HPC practitioner or have completed a physiotherapy assessment. Each Physio Pilates Reformer session is 40 minutes in duration (billed as a Complex Physiotherapy Treatment for $80). To book a Physio Pilates Reformer Appointment with Shannon please call 519 767-5011, extension 1 for reception.