Do foam rollers work?

Absolutely, there’s a reason that they are such a staple in so many different fitness environments. One big reason why massage, manipulation and other types of manual therapy get criticised is that you don’t want to build too much of a dependence on other people to manage your aches and niggles, so foam rollers allow you to take some of that power into your own hands.

Massage in some form or another has been used in sport and exercise at least as far back as the Roman gladiators, and for good reason. Self massage with foam rollers can be used to improve recovery times after workouts, to lengthen restricted muscles and even to copy the “cracking” or “pops” that you get to free up a stiff spine. Similar to other types of exercise kit, if you’re not already comfortable with foam rollers, make sure that you check in with a physiotherapist or good personal trainer to show you a few techniques before you bring them into your weekly routine.

Intro To The Pilates Method

Pilates may sound intimidating, but it's actually the most accessible way to build strength and mobility for better posture, balance and flexibility.

If you’ve wanted to try Pilates but something has been holding you back, now’s your time to sign up. Pilates offers plenty of benefits, no matter your fitness background. The technique cultivates body awareness to support everyday movements that are efficient and easeful.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a full-body exercise method that consists of low-impact exercises on a Mat, Reformer, Cadillac or Chair. With equipments system of pulleys and springs, handles and straps - the apparatus can provide either resistance or support depending on your needs. You can do Pilates with or without equipment, but no matter what, expect the moves to involve slow, precise movements and breath control. The method emphasises core strength, proper postural alignment and muscle balance.

Pilates is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the method in the 1920s. Joseph Pilates believed mental and physical health were closely connected.

What are the Benefits?

A Pilates routine generally includes low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Exercises aim to promote proper posture and movement patterns as well as balance, flexibility and strength.

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates has something to offer people of all ages from beginners to athletes. There are countless ways to modify and adapt Pilates exercises, depending on your age, physical ability, and level of fitness. The exercises are designed with modifications so that people of all levels and abilities can stay safe while being physically challenged.

Pilates at Auckland Physiotherapy

We love getting people moving. We offer a variety of Pilates classes morning, noon and night out of our boutique Newmarket clinic. This includes mat, equipment classes, and specialty classes for pregnancy and post-natal. We keep the classes small to make sure everyone is completing the exercises safely and effectively. The classes are suitable for all levels as the instructor will provide variations on the exercises to suit your level.

We have experienced Physiotherapists and Pilates Teacher taking the classes so you can find the right class for you. We ask everyone that joins the classes to have a 45 minute 1-1 session prior to starting. Here you will discuss your goals and what you want to achieve. You will be shown how to find your neutral spine, how to engage your pelvic floor and deep abdominals, along with a few basic moves. You will then start a graduated Pilates exercise program that is individualised to your body and needs. Depending on your experience we may advise that you have at least 2-3 one-on-one sessions with a Physiotherapist or Pilates Teacher before proceeding on to a class.

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