How to get the most out of your PhysioPilates
Our Winter Term, starting on the 18th of November, is booking up fast.
I would like to take this opportunity, ahead of the new term, to remind our regular attendees and new clients how to get the most from your PhysioPilates.
Breathing - Something that might seem very simple, but can have a considerable effect on our exercise and movement. The pattern of breathing we use during PhysioPilates helps with the activation of our transversus abdominis (our deep lower tummy muscle) and pelvic floor muscles. By focusing on getting an excellent lateral expansion of our chest during inhalation, we can help reduce and minimise tension from building around the neck and shoulders, which can occur with more shallow breaths.
Slow down - PhysioPilates is about exercising with a mind and body connection. Take the time to focus on each movement. Think about bringing yourself into proper positioning and alignment before moving. Try to avoid rushing through exercises - pay attention to your control and stability.
Listen to your body - always bring awareness to your body during class and when you are exercising. Note how it feels. If you're feeling a little tired or 'off' on a particular day, don't feel you have to push your body into specific exercises or movements that don't feel good. Let us know, and we can modify the exercises, so you still get to move but in a way that feels good for you. You might be feeling better the following week, and then be able to take the more challenging option.
Ask questions - unsure what muscles you should feel working? Or don't understand the exercise or why you are doing it? Please ask us! We are more than happy to answer questions. The more you learn and understand about your body and about movement, the more of a well-rounded experience you will gain from your PhysioPilates class. If it is something you would rather ask in private, please approach us after class, send an email or even book in for a 30-minute one-to-one PhysioPilates session.
Practice, practice, practice! Coming to each class is so essential to benefit from a week by week progression. Please make your PhysioPilates a real priority. It is an hour a week all for you, to shut out the world and focus on your body. The physical and mental health benefits can be significant if you make a proper commitment.
In good health,
Katie Farrell BSc Physio, MISCP
Senior Physiotherapist & Certified Pilates Instructor