Pilates and Spinal Rehabilitation

Louise Oliver is a fully qualified Level 3 Advanced Pilates instructor, specialising in matwork and small equipment classes. She is also a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

She runs various Pilates classes in Derby including evening classes in Allestree and Little Eaton. She also runs daytime individual and small group classes (max 5 persons) at Highfield Chiropractic Clinic – please enquire with regards to availability of places.

Louise is also the in-house Rehabilitation trainer at Highfield Chiropractic Clinic, where she undertakes one-to-one sessions incorporating Pilates and the latest in rehabilitation research to help patients with low back pain.

If you are interested in one to one Pilates sessions, then please do not hesitate to contact Louise direct at the clinic or speak to one of our reception team.

What is Pilates?

There is more to Pilates than developing “strong abdominals” or improving “core strength”. Pilates is an exercise method which focuses on elongating, stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve muscle strength, balance, flexibility and posture.

Classes will focus on specific areas individually whilst using exercises which integrate the whole body to re-educate and restore it to optimum function – it is this holistic approach that sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise.

Chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and GPs recommend Pilates as being one of the safest forms of exercise, and indeed one of the most beneficial for everyone regardless of age and fitness level.

Pilates was developed in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates, initially as a form of exercise for himself to strengthen his own body. After the war he moved to the USA and opened a body conditioning studio in New York in 1926 – drawing a diverse crowd of all ages to his studio, from dancers and circus performers to actors, musicians and business people.

Since then, Pilates has steadily grown in popularity and nowadays, Pilates is practiced by millions of people around the world.

The method has been developed over the years, with teachers adapting some of Pilate’s original exercises in line with current research and understanding of the body. Today these original exercises are taught alongside an evolved form of Pilates exercises.

The Benefits of Pilates

“If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, then you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”
Joseph Pilates

Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness and is beneficial for improving general fitness, specific health conditions and most of all for your overall wellbeing. 

The benefits of Pilates include:

  • Improves your posture
  • Improves muscle tone and flexibility
  • Improves mobility and flexibility of the spine
  • Enhances and promotes a more efficient and supportive core
  • Increases joint mobility
  • Increases stability of the pelvis and shoulders
  • Helps relieve stress and tension and promote a feeling of wellbeing
  • Improves body awareness
  • Above all else, it’s fun!

To find out more about either Louise’s evening classes or daytime small group Pilates classes in Derby, please contact us for more information and current availability of places. You can also find more details of her evening classes via her dedicated website – www.derbypilates.com.

Louise Oliver
IIHHT, ITEC, Level 3 Pilates Instructor, REPs

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