Maintain your body with Pilates Classes Lucan

One of the main benefits of Range of Motion Physical Therapy Pilates Classes Lucan, is how you can maintain your body in good working while also helping reduce stress and tone the body.

1. De stress

Pilates classes Lucan are a great way to help you de stress after a long day, Pilates classes start off with some relaxation stretching, breathing and allowing you tune into the class. Learning relaxation strategies and diaphragmatic breathing, can help you when things get on top of you, teaching you how to relax your posture and control posture aches and pains.

2. Pilates is a full body workout

Pilates exercises are carried out on floor mats, the exercises recruit all major muscles groups, while constantly focusing on pelvic floor core muscles. Pilates exercises develop strength and flexibility throughout the whole body. Only yesterday one of the clients commented how her stomach muscle have started to tone up after only 4 classes, so much so her husband commented on them.

3. Focused Classes

The Pilates Classes Lucan offer a dynamic flow of body weight exercises in a comfortable environment that enables you to learn at your own pace, there is no pressure from screaming personal trainers. We will challenge you to stretch your body and encourage your body to adapt and change to the challenges of the exercises. 6 week class programs are planned out to build strength and tone your body from one week to next. Clients can see how their ability to perform the more challenging exercises grows throughout the course of the weeks and months, building confidence and strength.

4. Classes for everyone

Classes are targeted at both complete beginners looking to get stronger and intermediate level classes for those who have done pilates before and want to stay strong and injury free. The classes can help those of you active in sports and looking to cross trainer to help develop strength and prevent injury.

Pilates Classes Lucan are kept to a 1 hour slot which makes them an efficient way to train, and by booking one of our 6 weeks courses means you have committed to making a change to your body and maintaining it in good working order with Pilates.

5. No more poor posture

Pilates exercises will help develop strength and correct posture in the key areas of the body, focusing on pelvic floor/lower back, hips, upper back and neck. Pilates will counteract bad postural habits that develop from having to work at desks all day and aches and pains associated with poor posture and slouching.

6. And finally a pain free back...

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in 1883 as rehabilitative tool. Pilates has since been scientifically proven to help strengthen the deep intrinsic muscles of the core and strengthening our lower back and alignment of the spine, while also reducing the stress on the lower back.

To book a course of Pilates Classes Lucan please contact us.

Improving your Golf Game with Pilates Exercises

Over the past month I have been working with a client who has been having difficulty with his golf game, but as it turned out I have helped him get his independence back, while also improving his golf game with Pilates exercises.

To me it was not his golf game that was his problem, it was more his inability to walk without having to hold on to his wife or using a stick for support. On examination, he had difficulty recruiting his core muscles, coupled with weak hip muscles, meaning he could not walk with stability. And of course these issue were also impacting his golf game.

The client had two hip replacements (11yrs / 3yrs ago), he had limited rehabilitation following the surgery. During his assessment I watched how he walked, he was not flexing through his ankles and was walking flat footed. When I asked why he walks like this, he explained that, before his last hip operation it use to hurt him when he heel strikes. Even though he has not had hip pain in 3 yrs his body was still walking this way.

The body is amazing at compensating to avoid pain, which leads to specific movement patterns developing, hence this why you need to rehab after every injury to undo the compensation pattern.

In addition, the fact he had very little glute or core strength, meant he could not balance on one leg and would lose balance when changing direction.

As part of his first session, I worked with him on how to walk properly, taking him through the gait cycle, ensuring he started to flex through his ankle and start to heel strike more.  I also taught him how to engage his pelvic floor muscles, enabling him to walk with more stability.

On his return visit, the transformation was very apparent, he was walking with more heel strike and confidence, he had learnt how to engage his pelvic floor muscles and had built up some good endurance in the short space of time, he was also turning without stumbling.

Over the course of the next 3 weeks we worked on a number of Pilates style exercises, teaching him how to disassociate his upper body from his lower body, giving him more mobility through his hips while also strengthening his glutes and core.

On his most recent visit he reported that he can now drive the ball 125yrds, 25yrds further than he was able to do before starting to work with me. And more importantly for me, he says he is gaining more independence and confidence in how he walks, he does not need to hold his wife for support and I have also been able to improve his golf game...

This client is 68yrs old and has told me I have given him back his independence, and with a lot of work from him we have improved his golf game. This is why I love my job and being a Physical Therapist.