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Is Yoga or Pilates (core) strengthening more appropriate for my needs?

yoga pilates benefits

Yoga is a Hindu discipline originating in India. It involves physical stretching and adopting specific postures while improving breathing and meditation. Yoga will also be suited for individuals who want to improve their flexibility and general mental (spiritual) “well being”.

Core Pilates originated using springs and pulleys in the 1900’s developed by Joseph Pilates to rehabilitate war veterans in hospital beds as well as ballet dancers. Core Pilates targets the deep intrinsic stabilizing muscles of the abdomen, lower back and pelvis. These muscles are the transversus abdominus, obliques, multifidus and diaphragm. The action of these muscles co-contracting together provide balance and stability to the spine and pelvis during all arm and leg movement. Core Pilates is suitable for all athletes who want to improve their balance, dynamic strength and core stability.

Clinical pilates is a tailor made exercise program presented by our Bondi Junction physiotherapy centre designed to create trunk stability and smooth full range movement in the neutral spine position. The series of exercises are performed either on a mat with equipment or on a reformer bed.

A typical response to treating back pain is to stay in bed or rest for days from strenuous activities. I believe, this actually undermines the healing process. Instead an active pilates or core stabilising exercise program should be started at our Bondi Junction physiotherapy clinic.