What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that has in fact existed since 1920. Developed by German Born Joseph Pilates, it has been widely practiced in the United States and Europe, but did not arise in Australia until the early 1980s. Despite this, the vast amount of research that is now recognized world wide has been developed here in Australia.
Professor Paul Hodges from The University of Queensland has devoted the past 15 years to research and quantification of Core Stabilization (the sequenced contraction of muscle Transversis Abdominis in coordination with the pelvic floor and diaphragm). He has proven that the use of a Real Time Ultrasound (RTU) is an integral part of acquiring Transversis Abdominis isolation and therefore true and efficient Pilates evolved exercise.
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Here at Smart Health we use the RTU as a prime assessment and reassessment tool. It provides the practitioner and client a precise visual cue to their core musculature.
In addition to achieving this isolation, the technique must then be transferred into dynamic functional exercise. Programs must be designed for the individual and reassessed/graduated on a session to session basis. All of our Pilates sessions are closely supervised by practitioners who have achieved high levels of qualification as recognized by the Pilates Alliance of Australasia.
Who is Pilates for?
The level of Pilates that is conducted here at Smart Health is suitable for everyone. Males and females, young and old, novice to elite level mover. It is essential that any newcomer to our Pilates Sessions undertake an assessment with the Real Time Ultrasound to ensure correct Transversis Abdominis sequencing and allowing your practitioner to design a program that will maximize your potential.
It is also important to understand that Pilates evolved exercise is beneficial to not only posture and abdominal control, but the quality and efficiency of the entire body. Efficiency of all functional movement will be acquired.
About the Smart Health Pilates studio
The Pilates studio is a traditionally based, fully equipped studio, which is accessible to all members of the community. We offer programs from acute rehabilitation through to general exercise programs for health and fitness, from the novice to the elite level and from individual sessions, semi supervised sessions, through to corporate classes.
All of our practitioners hold a physiotherapy or exercise physiology degree and are certified with Polestar Pilates International. This provides them with a substantial understanding of injury, disease and pathology. All staff attend regular continuing education workshops to enhance their level of knowledge and are members of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia.
Jenni Guest is a principal Educator for Polestar Pilates International, which flows onto the team in providing the latest in research, developments and upgraded repertoire.
The studio is the host site for Polestar Pilates International, providing a world recognised training facility. Regular teacher training courses are held at the studio. For further information on our next available course, please visit www.polestarpilates.com.au
Our equipment is of the highest standard. It is constructed by Sacramento based BALANCED BODY, who have 30 years experience in refining the highest quality apparatus made from Rock Maple. For more information, visit www.hfindustries.com.au