What is pilates

Pilates is an exercise method that promotes core and torso stability to allow optimum efficiency in limb movement. A useful tool in rehabilitation in a number of injuries or post surgery, the key focuses in Pilates programming is postural awareness as well as spinal support and alignment.

Pilates is not only beneficial as a sole form of exercise, more importantly Pilates will enhance performance in all active pursuits – whether it be darts, skiing or lifting your grandchildren up for a hug.

The Pilates Method has 6 principles:

  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Centering
  • Flow or efficiency of movement
  • Precision
  • Breathing

For a brief summary of these principles visit this Wikipedia entry.

Pilates also promotes mind and body awareness, intelligent movement and precision. Mindless repetition is undesirable and inefficient as Joseph Pilates states: “Concentrate on the correct movements each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and lose all the vital benefits of their value.”. The exercises and movements of Pilates can be customised to the individual depending on their goals, history and daily activities. For a short history of Pilates click here.

Can I claim Pilates with my health insurance?

Use this link to determine the current level of cover and rebate provided by most popular health funds. The situation with all funds differs, so we suggest you contact your Health Fund Provider.

What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?

Yoga and Pilates are often thrown into the same category and while they do share similarities, there are also some major differences.

In a nutshell, the difference between yoga and Pilates reflects the difference between Eastern and Western cultures. While it’s true that both yoga and Pilates build strength and flexibility, their paths diverge when it comes to philosophy.

This can be largely attributed to their different origins. The practice of yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and has evolved over time into a range of yoga practices. Pilates was created in the mid-20th century by Joseph Pilates as a form of rehabilitation and strengthening.

So while both yoga and Pilates focus on the mind and body, yoga brings a third focus to the mix – the spirit.

When choosing between the two keep in mind that both classes help you to gain strength and flexibility. Pilates, however, offers a total body workout that focuses on aligning the spine and strengthening the core.

For a more detailed look at the differences, click this link to view an in-depth video.

Is Pilates for me?

Pilates is beneficial or both men and women, old and young, athletic or sedentary. This form of body conditioning can be gentle and athletic, makes you feel good and gives you results you will frequently notice in your everyday life.

Regular Pilates sessions will promote:

  • Improved posture
  • Strength and tone
  • Flexibility and muscle control
  • Awareness and co-ordination
  • Improved body awareness

In our busy lives, Pilates gives you the opportunity to focus as you spend time centering your mind and energy on yourself, your body and your movements.

Is Pilates safe during pregnancy?

There are many, many benefits to doing Pilates whilst pregnant.

These include:

  • Pelvic floor strength and awareness.
  • General core and spinal stability.
  • Pelvic stability and strength around hips.
  • General strength for the challenges of the pregnancy, birth and baby!
  • Postural control and awareness
  • Relaxation.
  • Sense of wellbeing.

At Evolved Pilates we require each client to have approval from their GP or obstetrician before commencing or continuing classes. Sessions do need to be modified so it is important that you communicate with your instructor no matter how early the pregnancy is along. We will of course, be discrete.

All pregnant clients are different and there may be instances where Pilates is not appropriate. Please call the studio to discuss your situation with us and we can advise you on our recommendation.

What should I wear?

Comfortable stretchy clothing that allow you to move comfortably.

Please wear socks and bring a towel.

I have never done Pilates before – where do I start?

Perfect – take a look at our classes to determine what type of session suits you. Bookings can be made online.

If you can’t find a class or time that suits, or if you have any other questions, either drop us a line or phone the studio to discuss.

We’d love to hear from you!

How is Pilates different to other forms of exercise?

Pilates can be a great complement to other exercise forms.

Pilates is unique in the way it can safely work the whole body, in a variety of positions and postures, on the mat and with specialised equipment to help you learn and develop the tools to empower yourself.

I haven’t worked out for a long time – is Pilates still safe for me to try?

Our individualised sessions are tailored to your level, fitness and capability.

There is no pressure to work at the same speed, pace or intensity as the person next to you. That is why we keep the class size small.

We spend the time to design a program perfect for you and constantly monitor your progress.

Can Pilates help relieve back pain?

How many people do you know who have back pain? Up to eighty per cent of Australians will experience back pain at some point in their lives and 10% will experience significant disability as a result. (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

Unfortunately back pain changes the way you use your muscles, even after the pain and discomfort has gone. So if you then do a general core-strength training program, it’s quite likely that it will simply re-enforce the wrong muscle strategies your body has adopted to cope. If someone is healthy and never had back pain, then doing generic core-strengthening training programs is likely to – but we know these people are in the minority.

People who suffer from chronic lower back pain not only use their muscles differently, their brain changes as well. People with lower back pain show a change in the organisation of the areas of the brain that co-ordinate movement.

After doing exercises that train people to activate specific torso muscles, this area of the brain can be restored. Remarkably, positive change in the functioning in the back muscles is noticeable after only one session. So when it comes to rehabilitating someone from back pain it’s more about rebooting the brain than building muscle. The Pilates method with its focus on brain and body integration is ideal.

Core muscles aren’t only involved in supporting the spine. They are also important for breathing and continence, so inappropriate use causes more than a pain in the back. Incorrect activation puts pressure on your pelvic floor and can lead to other complications such as hernias. That is why it’s important to work with a well-qualified instructor who understands the intricacies of ‘core stability’.

How often do I need to do Pilates to see results?

Twice per week with regular at home practice is recommended. As you continue your classes, you’ll find you become more flexible than before.

You’ll also notice that your strength will increase dramatically.

And, of course, you’ll find that your body’s tone and shape noticeably improves.

What are some of the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates has many benefits including:

  • Core strength and deep abdominal control
  • Improved leg alignment and pelvic stability
  • Improved posture
  • Strength and tone
  • Flexibility and muscle control
  • Awareness and co-ordination
  • Gait retraining
  • Balance
In our busy lives, Pilates gives the opportunity to focus, spend time centering your mind and energy on yourself, your body and your movements.