Core Stability and Strength classes are designed to rehabilitate and manage all sorts of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
Physiotherapists will design exercises specifically for you, aiming to improve movement by increasing the efficiency of your muscles. In other words, where weight training makes your muscles stronger by increasing the size of the muscle, core stability exercises increase your feeling of strength by making the muscles smarter! This way more of the fibers of your muscle are working at the same time.
The result is that you feel stronger, move more smoothly and have less unnecessary muscle activity ‘blocking’ your movement. This is why after Core Stability exercises you feel increased flexibility.
What do the classes involve?
The classes involve training and recruiting your postural muscles more efficiently. At Spring Physio Gym Core Stability and Strength is taught 1:1 or in small classes, and involves floor and mat exercises. We use a range of equipment and methods including elements of clinical pilates.
You commence with two 1:1 sessions.
The first session involves your assessment, and the second constitutes a program design.
Your physiotherapist will take you through the basics of core stability and begin to build your program with you, in the gym. Please wear comfortable clothing to these sessions.
Incorporating Clinical Pilates methods
Clinical Pilates is a modification of the Pilates Method developed by Joseph Pilates. It involves focusing on coordination of control and recruitment of core muscles, movement of the limbs and breathing control. It involves exercises that range from moving the whole body to stabilising most of the body and carefully controlling the movement of a single joint. We use elements of Clinical Pilates method in our Core Stability and Strength Classes.
Core Stability and Strength exercise can involve mat exercise (no equipment required) or equipment based exercise (reformer bed, trapeze table, barrel).
Most equipment utilises springs to provide resistance to movement or challenge to control. This stimulation of the body moving against springs provides sensory stimulation, helping facilitate movement and providing challenge to control.
Clinical Pilates varies from traditional Pilates because it is taught by physiotherapists. As physiotherapists we can utilise the method and carefully select from the traditional exercises to create modifications and tailor the exercises to meet your needs. People with injury can greatly benefit from this form of exercise without risk of injury associated with movements that are unsafe.
Who is the Core Stability and Strength class designed for?
This class will be beneficial to those with:
- Postural problems
- Muscle imbalances
- Sporting injuries
- Surgical and injury rehabilitation
- Arthritic conditions
- Neurological conditions
- Balance disturbances