Pilates at Waterloo Chiropractic and Sports Massage – enhancing your mental health !
At Waterloo Pilates, we are cognisant that an estimated one in five adults experiences a form of mental health condition in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 experience a serious mental illness in a given year. Most of us will experience an anxiety disorder, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or attention disorder in our lifetime.
So what does this mean ? It means two things to us:
- We are likely to interact with patients who are either diagnosed or battling in a mental health area
- We are a supportive adjunct service to your mental health only and will assist you to find a professional to help should you need and want it
We also understand that our role is not about diagnosis or prevention of mental illness, it is more so to provide support and an environment that enhances your spinal health through guided strength and condition. With the right application of time and your “effort” over time, the accumulated affect of exercises and progressions means you can gain the extra benefits of guided and specific exercise.
What do these statistics have to do with Pilates?
Largely pilates allows clients to see where their deficiencies lie and where their strengths are. In time this allows our patients to focus and challenge their minds in a healthy, positive & productive way. During pilates, (which would have to be one of the healthiest past times you can choose) you have to engage mind & body to perform challenging movements, therefore your mind has no choice but to concentrate on the task at hand. This creates re-organisation of the motor cortex, stimulates the central nervous system & produces happy hormones. Over time, pilates assists with self discipline & control, creating a form of ‘mind’ healing & improvement in mental well being.
By Robyn Higley – Pilates Instructor – Waterloo Sports Massage clinic.
How does Pilates impact on your PAIN and recovery to your injury ?
To understand the practice of pilates we must first define pain. Definition of Pain: An unpleasant sensory & emotional experience arising from actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage” (international association for the study of pain).
Extensive research has shown, all of us will experience some form of back pain at some point of our lives, whether it being short periods of pain or developing into reoccurring/chronic back pain. The body of science exploring pain is huge and the more we explore it, the more we understand that pain is a field that should be studied as an entity to itself. That being said, we can simplify and stick to some basic key principles…
As an experienced practitioner (as a sports massage therapist and pilates instructor, as well as having worked with chiropractors, physiotherapists and other health care professionals for 10 +years) I have learnt some important key principles to forming a strong and “pain free” body, which I will go into shortly !
First… Did you know ?
- Pain alters normal movement patterns within the body
- 4 out of 5 people will experience low back pain in their lives
- Back pain costs the Australian government over 1 billion dollars a year
- Further reading on the topic includes federal government content at : http://www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems/what-are-back-problems/
Key Principles to stick to when dealing with pain :
- Early management is important in preventing longer term problems
- Building a strong core and having excellent movement pattern training is preventative to low back pain (PILATES)
- Do not fear your pain, be proactive and consult an allied health care professional (Chiropractor, Massage, Physio) as well as your GP.
- Finally, always transition out of treatment with active and specific strength training, which is where Pilates comes into it… Naturally !
We are advocates of the ‘CORE’ and will teach you to activate & engage your core, providing stabilisation for the spine, therefore reducing the risk of injury, re-injury or pain. As a pilates instructor, I treat the causes of abnormal movement patterns, help prevent re-occurrence of pain & help manage pain long term !
Keep pain away & book your pilates class today at Waterloo Chiropractic and Sports Massage ! P| 96900911
Yours in clever spines,
Robyn Higley (Remedial Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor and Sports Trainer)
Majority of males, perceive Pilates as an “easy” mode of exercise or a “gentle” workout that’s more for old ladies than it is for fit young men, for example.
As a Pilates instructor, I’ve taught a variety of clients, young & old. I’ve worked with professional football players, stay-at-home moms, and triathletes. Women (young and old) generally dominate my classes, however, the occasional male finds his way into class. They have become devoted & addicted”regulars,” pilates does benefit men just as it does women.
In fact, Pilates was not only created by a man (Jospeh pilates) but originally intended as an exercise program for men as well! Joseph Pilates himself practiced his method and trained many males. Jospeh Pilates, worked with German soldiers helping them recover and rehabilitate from injuries using his challenging, exercise method.
Robyn will challenge to your core & beyond!
At Waterloo Pilates we are firmly focussed on quality of pilates over quantity of pilates. We work closely with our chiropractors and sports massage therapists to design the best treatment program for your spine. This enhances outcomes for you that you may not be aware of.
Your spine is comprised of five segments, from the top, cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, sacrum and coccyx. It is fair to stay this piece of equipment houses one of the most important components of your body – the spinal cord and nerves. Each part of the spine performs a different functional movement to enhance our locomotion (amongst other functions) however, all segments have one thing in common, they provide protection for our spinal cord and exiting nerves.
We all understand the strength and conditioning components of pilates. Now that you understand its interaction with the spine and its role in enhancing the spines capacity to protect the spinal cord and nerves, it is important to understand that information runs throughout your body through the spinal cord and nerves. If there is poor movement of the spine, for example, there is reduced capacity for the flow of information throughout the body.
At Waterloo Pilates we aim to educate you that pilates is so much more than just core activation & developing local activation of your stabilising muscles. Pilates encourages spinal movement, incorporates local & global muscle systems to work together and improves motor skills. This ensures our clients re-train movement through all segments of the spine.
And… Now you know that activating your core also helps to stabilise your spine, offering spinal protection to it’s highest capacity. Performing pilates, helps to improve your strength and condition to your spine which in turn improves it’s capacity to protect the spinal cord, enhance movement and function. Incredible !
Yours in building Clever Spines,
Robyn Higley (Pilates Instructor, Sports Massage Therapist and Sports Trainer)