‘The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning is an intelligent approach to Movement Health.’
An exercise system that focuses on intelligent movement; the Pilates method can be helpful in the management of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injury. Pilates sessions can have a fitness/wellness or rehabilitation focus depending on individual needs and the teachers background.
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883 and as a child experienced a variety of illnesses, because of this he dedicated himself to exercise and improving his physical condition. Jo trained as a gymnast and boxer; he also studied yoga, body-building and martial arts. When World War One started Jo was working in England as a circus performer and was subsequently interned. With lots of time and a population of idle interns to work with he began to integrate his exercise experiences into what he called ‘Contrology’. Following the war Jo migrated to New York where he established the first Pilates studio and spent the rest of his life evolving his ideas. This was the beginnings of what is now referred to as Pilates. Today Pilates is practised all around the world as a way to rehabilitate after an injury or surgery, enhance sports performance, increase wellness, improve posture and bring joy to exercise.
The goals of the Pilates method are; development of a strong/stable core, increased flexibility and improved whole-body strength. Pilates exercises focus on body alignment, emphasise movement precision and explore the infinite possibilities of combining the power of the body and mind. Pilates is gentle enough for pregnant women and challenging enough for the elite athlete and is an unparalleled exercise system that improves strength, flexibility, co-ordination and control.
‘Exercise Physiologists are Movement Health experts who use exercise for the prevention and management of chronic disease or injury.’
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a University qualified allied health professional who has met the accreditation requirements set out by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
About Exercise Physiology
AEP’s work in a variety of settings in the Australian healthcare system and specialise in exercise interventions for people at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. Some health conditions that AEP’s work with include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, post-surgery and depression. An AEP provides exercise/physical activity programming, education and support; with a strong focus on health education, lifestyle modification and achieving behavioural change. As Allied Health Professionals AEP’s are registered with Medicare, the Department of Veteran Affairs and Work Cover, as well as being recognised by a large number of private health insurers.
‘Remedial Massage Therapists are Movement Health body-workers who assess and treat muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.’
A Remedial Massage therapist must have a good knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and use this knowledge to provide safe, effective treatments.
Remedial Massage Benefits
A Remedial Massage is an outcome focused manual therapy treatment where the therapist uses a variety of techniques such as deep tissue work, trigger point therapy and stretching with the aim of creating favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury. Remedial Massage aims to address muscular tension and length promoting a return to optimal body alignment. Blood and Lymphatic circulation also responds well to Remedial Massage and this can positively affect any scarring or adhesions that may result from an injury.
Remedial Massage History
Massage has been a part of many cultures and there is evidence of its existence in China going back as far as 5000 years. Remedial Massage is a ‘Western’ interpretation of massage that likely evolved from Swedish Massage and the Physical Culture movement that emerged in Europe during the late 1800’s.