Osteopath & Nutritional Therapist
Therapeutic Exercise (Pilates-based)Physical exercise has always been considered essential to health. However, a personalised, Pilates-based, therapeutic exercise regime can bring a new dimension to your activity. It will speed your recovery and reduce the chances of any problems recurring in the future. Performers and sports people often find that the 'fine-tuning' results in better technique and improved performance.
Pilates Books on Stretching for Dancers:
If you are a dancer and are searching for a really effective stretch programme to do before or after class, rehearsals or performances then the following books offer marvellous help, and illustrate a clinically-tested approach.
Stretching the Body 1: Manual of Stretches
Stretching the Body 2: Stretching Sequences
Stretching the Body 1 & 2
Compiled by Jenny Mills, Pilates Instructor at Birmingham Royal Ballet (and previously at the Royal Ballet Company and School), Jenny is an immensely experienced and gifted teacher, in the field of Pilates exercise for dancers. The books can be purchased on the Birmingham Royal Ballet's website, and the links above will take you to the appropriate section.
Why is this style of exercise called 'Pilates'?
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. A sickly child, he determinedly trained himself in body-building and gymnastics. Eventually he became a physical training instructor for the police in both England and Germany.
What does it entail, and why is it different from other exercise systems?
Most exercise systems concentrate on developing the large muscle groups in the body - making thighs bigger and arms bulkier. Along the way, many of the smaller, postural muscle groups are ignored and become weaker. These core muscles are now recognised as being vitally important in the maintenance of a strong erect posture, and for the protection of the neck and lower spine.
How is this attained?
Specific exercises are designed to work these important areas - they are often small movements performed with great accuracy, and need a high degree of concentration and correct breathing. Areas not involved in the action are kept in a relaxed state, and great emphasis is given to the use of abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. It often looks so easy - until you try it yourself!
Is the exercise taught during a normal treatment session?
In most cases the exercises will be prescribed and taught as an integral part of the osteopathic treatment.
Are there any side-effects?
After any effective exercise session, you should expect mild muscular discomfort the following day or two. Anything more serious should be discussed directly with Margaret Papoutsis.
Very few conditions will be aggravated by properly executed exercises of this type. Any potential contraindications will be discussed beforehand.
Men: shorts or closed front, close-fitting underpants/swimming costume.
1 hour £70
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