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Pilates is a form of non-aerobic body conditioning exercise. 'Clinical Pilates' is a modification of traditional Pilates exercises developed by physiotherapists which incorporates their rehabilitation skills and recent research on spinal instability and muscle imbalance.

How does it work?

Pilates targets the deep postural muscles which are important in providing our bodies with stability and support. This helps to protect our joints and surrounding structures and aims to create a balance within our body. Through injury, illness or poor postural habits these muscles may become tight and overactive. This can lead to increased stresses and strains being placed on our joints.

Clinical Pilates therefore helps to create a stable central core which is essential for maintaining correct posture, good control and balance of the whole body during the performance of normal daily activities or sport. Breathing techniques used in clinical Pilates enhance relaxation and reinforce the activation if the deep abdominal muscles.

Benefits of Clinical Pilates

  • Improved postural alignment
  • Increase flexibility of tight muscles
  • Builds and conditions core abdominal muscles, improving their tone
  • Alleviates back pain and pain caused by poor posture
  • Reduces recurrence of back pain
  • Improves sporting performance
  • Improves balance and co-ordination
  • Aids relaxation and reduces stress
  • Appropriate for all levels of fitness and can be progressed from basic to a very challenging level
  • Helps stress incontinence
  • Enhanced body and movement awareness
  • Evidence based
  • Close supervision by physiotherapists ensures safe and appropriate levels of exercise are undertaken

Correcting poor movement patterns takes time. Pilates is not a 'quick fix', however, by re-educating the muscles and encouraging sound muscle recruitment, normal natural movement is regained. With time hopefully you will learn to incorporate Pilates exercises and ideas into your daily lifestyle.

Who is it suitable for?

Pilates is suitable for all levels of fitness and are also suitable for antenatal, post-natal, osteoarthritis patients. 

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothes such as tracksuit bottoms/leggings and a t-shirt. Reasonably tight-fitting clothes allow the Pilates instructor to see and therefore correct your alignment more easily, however this is not compulsory.

Class timetable

Classes are held in our physiotherapy department and all equipment is provided.

Timetable: 

  • Mondays: 10am – 11am

  • Wednesdays: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Booking an appointment

For more information or to book an appointment please contact our physiotherapy department on 01422 324 080. 

Why choose Spire?

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

How much does it cost?

1 session - £10

6 sessions - £48