Pilates: A Valuable Rehabilitative Tool for Practitioners

Yvonne McKenny talks to Physio Times…

Many women are introduced to Pilates through pregnancy, either antenatally or postnatally, as a suitable form of exercise due to its focus on strengthening the pelvic floor and deep abdominals, said Ms McKenny.

“This can involve returning to exercise after pregnancy, learning to re-engage the deep abdominals and pelvic floor or merely getting stronger and improving quality of movement dynamically and safely.”

One of the benefits of instructing Pilates classes is that clients open up about various women’s health and personal issues they are facing, said Ms McKenny.

“When I started teaching Pilates classes the interactions often led to discussions over their concerns for their bodies, their backs, their journeys through pregnancy or simply their difficulties with other women’s health-related issues like, pelvic pain, incontinence, prolapse or just feeling weak through their core, back and pelvis.”

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