What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercises, originally named Contrology, created by Joseph Pilates over 50 years ago to provide spine and limb length, flexibility and strength using the breath as the focal point connecting the mind and body. To quote from Joseph Pilates’s book Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology (1945) by Joseph Pilates and William Miller:
Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body fully capable and able of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many daily and varied tasks.
What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is the authentic work of Joseph Pilates embedded within the most recent scientific knowledge about the spine and core stability. Studies from Australia over the past 10 years have radically improved the quality of results we are achieving, especially in programs that integrate Pilates work.
Trimetrics Physiotherapy is unique in Canada, and is the only clinic of its kind in the Lower Mainland to offer this highly specialized work. Our registered physiotherapists teach Pilates exercise working side by side with Pilates instructors. Our instructors have medical backgrounds in addition to advanced training in Pilates for rehabilitation as well as fitness. With our combined knowledge, experience, and passion for this work, we are fully equipped to successfully rehabilitate a wide range of injuries and movement dysfunctions.
Benefits of Pilates Exercise:
- Potential for a pain-free spine
- A toned, flexible spine with strong, flat abdominals and back muscles
- Increased spine endurance resulting in the ability to sit all day, stand for long periods, and exercise more with less back pain and fatigue
- A body whose spine and limbs are in balance, creating efficient, graceful movement patterns for sports, dance and daily life
- A body that is more resistant to injury and which recovers faster
- A relaxing and refreshing yet challenging workout for mind and body, regardless of ability
- A sense of confidence and ease with posture, gait and running