"I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier."
- Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.
Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany, in 1880. His father was a gymnast and his mother worked as a naturopath. Pilates suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, so he had reason to improve his life.
He began studying ancient Greek and Roman physical regimens and gymnastics, body building and yoga, and by 14 years of age had so improved his physique that he posed for anatomical charts.
He came to believe that discomfort, pain or injury was the result of the ‘modern life-style’, bad posture and inefficient breathing. Over the years he devised a series of exercises and training techniques, and engineered the equipment he required to teach his methods.
His exercises involved specific, gentle controlled contraction of the deep postural or core muscles. These muscles help to support and control the spine so as to improve posture and stability. Recently these muscles have been studied and identified to provide scientific evidence which supports how Pilates Based Rehabilitation works. The muscles are the Pelvic Floor, Transversus Abdominus and Diaphragm.
We use Pilates Based Rehabilitation at Willis Street Physiotherapy because we believe that good posture and correct alignment are paramount to injury prevention. If you cannot sit, stand, walk, lift or handle correctly, you will be much more likely to get discomfort, pain or injury.
We can teach you a specific series of exercises to encourage good posture posture and reduce your chances of discomfort, pain and injury. We can advance these as necessary to return you to wellness as quickly as possible, better prepared to withstand the stresses of your hobby, job or sport.