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Pilates is a form of low impact conditioning exercise that helps to improve strength, mobility, balance, posture and co-ordination.

Right from the start Pilates has been used as a form of rehabilitation being eventually named after its’ founder, Joseph Pilates, who was born in Germany in 1883. It was actually originally called “Contrology” until after Pilates’ death at the age of 83 in 1967.

In 1912, Joseph Pilates worked as a circus performer and boxer in England before becoming interned in a Prisoner of War camp at the outbreak of the First World War. During this time he developed a series of floor exercises, which are the basis of Pilates as we know it today. Using these exercises, he taught other Prisoners of War who were suffering from illness and injury, how to exercise for the benefit of their health. Towards the end of the war he worked in a hospital on the Isle of Man helping patients to learn to walk again.

In 1932 Joseph Pilates widely promoted his exercise method, publishing a booklet called ‘Your Health’ and another called ‘Return to Life Through Contrology’ in 1945. You could say Joseph Pilates was an early prototype of a physiotherapist!

Pilates has since become increasingly popular as a form of exercise and can widely be found helping people improve their fitness in many leisure facilities and studios around the world.

With our Rehabilitation Pilates Classes, we are taking Pilates back to its origins! As physiotherapists, we are experts in understanding how the body moves and how it responds to pain and injury. Our “Physio led Rehabilitation Pilates Classes” are therefore ideal if you are suffering from an injury, aches and pains or have health conditions which limit your ability to join other exercise classes.

If you would like to know more about, or book onto our Physio Led Rehabilitation Pilates Classes please contact us on 02381846867 or email office@purephysio.co.uk.