Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the tummy and spine to improve central core stability and posture. A stable central core is essential for maintaining correct postures and good body balance and control. 

What is pilates?  

Pilates is a set of low impact, corrective exercises, mainly mat based. It works the whole body, coordinating upper and lower body muscles and your core. When performed correctly and practiced regularly, it changes the body. Pilates combines awareness of deep postural muscles, breathing sequencing, and postural correction with suppleness and flexibility. 
The medical world is now recognising the benefits of Pilates for the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. By retraining the core stability muscles in the tummy and spine it can prevent recurrence of injuries. Pilates is also used by athletes and dancers, even up to elite level, to improve the quality of their sporting performance by improving core stability. 
All of the Physiotherapists at the clinic who teach Pilates are trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute - APPI. Jo Metson is another of our qualified Pilates Instructors. Jo qualified as a Pilates instructor in 2007, studying “Modern Pilates” with Northern Fitness and Education Ltd. Her interest in Pilates came from her back ground as a Holistic Therapist. 

Can I do Pilates?  

Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels, and is particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor postures, sports injuries, arthritis, after gynaecological or spinal surgery, and after pregnancy. It can also be used to compliment your sports or activity, by improving your deep tummy and spinal muscles. 
Your Pilates instructor will assess your suitability for Pilates by asking you to complete a registration form prior to commencing a course of Pilates. We will also be very aware of any medical problems and modify the exercises to suit you. 
If you have any concerns please contact one of our Chartered Physiotherapists or your GP before starting your Pilates class. 
Pilates at Bodyworks Physiotherapy Clinic 
You can join a class if you are both a beginner or have done Pilates before. 
Courses are run in six week blocks. Current classes available at: 
Bodyworks Physiotherapy clinic: 
Monday mornings 9.45 and 11.00 
Monday evenings 5.30, 6.45 and 8.00 
Tuesday evenings 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 
Wednesday morning 9.45 and 11.00 
Wednesday evenings 8.00 
Thursday evenings 5.30, 6.45 and 8.00 
Friday mornings 9.45 and 11.00 
Courses also available at: 
Leavenheath Village Hall: Wednesdays 5:00 and 6:15 
One to one, one to two, one to three and one to four sessions also available at the clinic 
To speak to our friendly staff about Pilates courses please call: 
"I joined a Pilates group with Katrina in July, mainly due to sciatica and joint problems and also to help tone up after losing weight. Katrina is excellent at ensuring you are in the correct position, that you work your resistance up gradually and varies the sessions so they don't get repetitive and I really enjoy these weekly sessions. As well as the Pilates I have had a few physio sessions with Katrina, she is so knowledgeable and patient and quickly located where the root of my problem was. My sciatica, which flared up again over the Christmas break, is improving every day and I can enjoy my days out bird watching again. Thank you Katrina" 
"I have been going to Pilates classes with Jo for a couple of years now and they are absoloutely excellent. She takes great care to make sure everyone is working at their own comfortable pace and being a Physio clinic they are a great help with injuries, aches & pains etc." 
"I can honestly say that Claire is the best Pilates instructor that I have been taught by. It must help being a physiotherapist as well as she pays very close attention to how each position should be performed, providing very clear instructions that make sure you are getting the best out of her class. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her" 
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