Clinical Pilates
Clinical Pilates is a modification of the traditional Pilates method and has been developed by physiotherapists to make the exercises more suitable for patients with back and neck pain and those recovering from injury or surgery. 
Modern reliance on computers requires us to remain seated for long periods, often contributing to poor posture, lower back pain and repetitive strain injuries.  Pilates is excellent for encouraging better postural awareness and releasing tension throughout the body.
Regular Pilates exercise can also alleviate conditions such as asthma, tension headaches, depression, seasonal affective disorders and everyday stress.  It has been proven to promote healthy cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems and to lower blood pressure.
If you are suffering from an acute problem, we recommend you see your GP or physiotherapist prior to beginning an exercise programme. We would then be happy to work with your specialist in addressing the underlying cause. 
Senior Citizens
Pilates provides a wonderful exercise for older clients as they are especially effective at relieving back pain, joint stiffness, arthritis and tension throughout the body. The client can work out in a quiet and calming environment and leave the session feeling relaxed and energised.
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Prenatal and Postnatal
Pilates is also a great way to deal with the physiological and psychological changes that occur during pregnancy as it relieves lower back pain and constipation, whilst energising the body to combat fatigue. It also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, help prevent swollen legs and varicose veins, concentrate on body alignment and improve posture.
As well as building strength and stamina for the birthing process, the exercises will increase blood circulation and oxygen to the womb. After your baby is born, safe and gentle exercises recover body shape and tone.
Working with your healthcare practitioner Wendy creates a personalised programme which is adapted according to each stage of pregnancy. Through one-to-one sessions Wendy guides the body through carefully selected exercises thus helping to correct dysfunctional movements, easing pain and creating a sense of well-being.
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