‘Change Happens Through Movement & Movement Heals’ ~ Joseph Pilates
Physio-Yoga & pilates
Physio-yoga & pilates is the integration of physiotherapy knowledge and skills into pilates & yoga. Yoga & pilates tailored by a physiotherapist can be safe for many conditions and both are helpful in rehabilitation & managing and changing pain. Physio-yoga & physio-pilates encourage increased self awareness and contribute to maintaining and improving wellbeing.
Physio-yoga & pilates are both classed as mindful movement, meaning you are connected to your whole self and your environment. Mindful movement builds awareness which is the foundation for change.
Meditation is used within physio-yoga, you can read a little about meditation here https://www.unityphysio.co.uk/services/meditation/
I also integrate Shibashi (Qigong) into physio-yoga & pilates sessions when helpful, this is also mindful movement. Shibashi was loved by a lot of people in the classes, all people fed-back it was very calming.
Physio-yoga & pilates at Unity Physiotherapy
I have integrated yoga & pilates into evidence based physiotherapy for many years and also ran classes for over 5 years. In 2019 I chose to stop running classes to focus on physiotherapy, coaching and have a little more time to look after myself too. As well as integrating into yoga & pilates into physiotherapy, I offer 1:1 appointments for both of these, following this if you wish you can book small group sessions with your friends or family.
I practice both yoga & pilates myself, I started studying and practicing both, these days it’s mainly yoga I focus on.
How physio-yoga & pilates can help you
Both are exercise and movement which are important parts of living well, being able to be independent and do what you love. Physio-yoga & pilates can help you in lots of ways including as part of managing & changing pain and increasing self-awareness. Pilates and yoga taught by a physiotherapist can improve many aspects of movement including: coordination, balance and fluidity, ease, strength, flexibility and more. Physio-yoga & physio-pilates can also improve performance in sports and hobbies, enhance rehabilitation, encourage healthy ageing, and aid management of some neurological conditions. They can also improve things like concentration, memory, focus, regulation of the stress response and sleep.
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, his original method was based on 34 matwork exercises. He based his work on the three principles of breath, whole body health and whole body commitment. Pilates aims to exercise the whole body with awareness.
The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI), with whom I undertook pilates training, revised the original 34 pilates exercises based on pain, pathology and function to make them safer and suitable for everyone. Pilates focuses on breath and body awareness, core stability, balance, rhythm, precision, integration and flow of movement. Pilates can help all of these, along with flexibility of movement and endurance.
Yoga is an ancient philosophy that was first developed in India, it is often defined as union. Yoga recognises that the mind and body are inextricably interlinked, the oneness of our whole being. Yoga incorporates physical movements (asanas), breath practices (pranayamas), meditation practices and yoga philosophy.
Physiotherapy and yoga are a great union, the two together help to tailor rehabilitation and empower you in improving your health and wellbeing. Empowering you is one of Unity Physiotherapy’s philosophies and it is one of the many reasons I integrate yoga into physiotherapy.