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PILATES 1-2-1 sessions

What is Pilates? 

Pilates is an exercise system designed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century to help improve posture, flexibility, and strength. The practice utilises low-impact exercises focusing on trunk strength, joint mobility, breathing and coordination.


What are the benefits of Pilates? 

The primary benefits of Pilates are improved overall health through movement and physical activity. Pilates has been shown to positively affect your circulation and breathing and improve general joint mobility and muscle strength. It can help you to create a new habit of engaging in physical activity, the benefits of which extend beyond physical fitness. Being active can positively affect mood and energy levels, improve mental focus and concentration and reduce stress.


Why is Pilates beneficial for people with lower back pain? 

Pilates exercises are low-impact and can be modified to suit various personal needs, activity levels and age groups. The exercises focus on strengthening the shoulder, trunk, hip and pelvic floor muscles, which can help to reduce lower back pain, improve posture and provide better support for the spine. Further, it can reduce tightness and tension in the back muscles and help to improve flexibility. Finally, Pilates can help to improve coordination and balance, which can help reduce the risk of further injury or strain to the lower back area. 

Lower back pain is a common complaint, and it can be caused by many factors. Always see your osteopath or physiotherapist, who can advise on a suitable treatment approach.


Is Pilates safe during pregnancy and after having a baby?

Yes, Pilates can be a safe form of exercise during pregnancy and after having a baby. However, getting approval from your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine during pregnancy or postpartum is essential. Pre-natal and postnatal 1-2-1 classes can offer modifications to specific exercises to ensure safety and comfort while exercising.


Why is Pilates suitable for rehabilitation after an injury? 

Pilates can be used in physical rehabilitation programs after an injury or surgery. It focuses on building whole-body strength gradually using low-impact exercises. Additionally, Pilates can help to improve the range of motion, reduce pain and restore movement patterns that may have been disrupted due to an injury. Pilates can prepare you for returning to your favourite sport or activity.


How can Pilates help with your sport and daily activities? 

Pilates can be tailored to specific sporting needs. The exercise can be modified to help to increase strength and flexibility and improve performance to support your favourite activity, such as running, cycling, or weightlifting. As well as it can teach you functional movement patterns that can help with your daily activities, such as housework or gardening.  Additionally, it can help you develop better postural habits when sitting or standing for long periods, reducing fatigue and strain on your body.


How can 1-2-1 Pilates classes help you? 

1-2-1 Pilates sessions are ideal for those looking for more personalised instruction and guidance with their practice. It is also great for beginners or people returning to physical activity after the injury who plan to join a group class. Individual teaching can provide an exercise routine that is tailored specifically to your needs and goals while providing feedback on your progress along the way.


What to expect from a Pilates class? 

A typical Pilates class will consist of a series of exercises focusing on strengthening the shoulders, trunk and hips while emphasising proper technique and alignment throughout each exercise. Depending on your individual needs, the class can be tailored to your specific activity or focus on helping you recover after the injury. Class typically last one hour and usually involve a warm-up followed by a series of exercises on the mat and mobility stretching routines; it may incorporate props such as light weights or resistance bands if needed. Wear comfortable clothes, preferably layers, and you can do all activities barefoot, socks or minimalist footwear. 



Offered by Auste Mickunaite, Osteopath.

Auste offers two different types of 1-2-1 Pilates session, click on either below to book online:


Pilates 1-2-1 for Functional Movement

Pilates 1-2-1 for Pre/Post-Natal

Both sessions are 60 mins and cost £65.

To book Osteopathy online with Auste, click here.

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