What is Pilates?
Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise that aims to strengthen muscles, especially the core (stomach and back muscles) to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness.
What are the benefits?
Regular Pilates practice can help to improve posture, muscle tone, balance, and joint mobility, as well as help with back pain. It is important to remember that Pilates will help only to strengthen and exercise muscles, which can help to ease pain but will not reduce or slow the growth of a spinal curve.
What are the disadvantages?
Some people with scoliosis find they cannot do all the exercises. It is important to remember not to push yourself too hard, because doing so could cause injury and pain. Listen to your body and if something hurts then stop.
How do I find a class/teacher?
Please check with your specialist/GP that the class is right for you. There are Pilates classes held throughout the UK but not all Pilates instructors are qualified. You can check with the Pilates foundation to ensure you are in good hands. If possible it is best to choose private Pilates tuition designed for people with scoliosis.