Our Pilates classes utilise a range of stretches and exercises to help build strength and flexibility.
To help you develop your technique, we have put together some information and instructions on the most common movements within Pilates. Click through on the below options for information and videos demonstrations of the most common exercises in Pilates.
Cat stretch is a great way to gently mobilise your whole spine, in particular the thoracic (mid) spine. Cat stretch exercise is often used for individuals with stiffness in their spine or people with lower back pain.
This exercise is designed to challenge the body’s lumbo-pelvic control with leg movement, which is closely related to walking. This exercise also engages the body’s anterior oblique sling (consisting of the internal and external oblique muscles) which is important to maintain stability at the pelvis on activities such as walking
Side kick movement aims to increase the activation and endurance of glute medius muscle. It also challenges the rotatory control of the pelvis as well as the body’s balance and stability in side lying.
This exercise challenges the control around our pelvis and hips with reciprocal movements of the legs. This exercise engages the body’s anterior oblique sling (consisting of the internal and external oblique muscles) which is important to maintain stability at the pelvis, as well as working on strengthening of the lower abdominal muscles.
This exercise is aimed at training good pelvic and lumbar spine control aswell as scapulaothoracic joint (shoulder blade region) stability in a weight bearing position. It is also a great gluteal muscle strengthening exercise.
Clam exercise is a pilates exercise that aims to strengthen the hip abductors, primarily the posterior fibres of glute medius muscle. The clam is often taught as an exercise for individuals with low back pain and hip pathologies