Our team of experienced and skilled Pilates teachers offer MAT-WORK and EQUIPMENT classes.
Mat-work – Private or 3:1
Equipment – Private or 2:1
Pilates is an exercise method that helps to restore the body’s natural balance. The aim of Pilates is to fuse strength and flexibility through a series of controlled and specific movements. Pilates is a very useful technique for gaining control of the muscles that support the joints, for example the muscles of the lower back, shoulder or knee. It is an intelligent way of exercising and is one that promotes better posture, grace and fluid movement by training both the mind and body.
For many years David Tatton has recommended The Pilates Method to patients to strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility. We frequently suggest to patients that specific exercise is the best way to aid recovery and maintain those improvements that have been gained from treatment. Often patients tell us that they find it difficult to set aside the time, gain the necessary motivation or to find a safe environment in which to start an exercise regime. By offering Pilates within the practice we are able to provide the ideal situation in which patients can start this process. The easy communication between osteopathic practitioner and Pilates teacher also helps us to tailor the class to the individual needs of each patient.
Why Exercise Really is the Best Medicine
They say laughter is the best medicine, and we agree it certainly does help, but recent studies have proven that exercise really is the best medicine -- especially in the fight against cancer.
West London Osteopath’s Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist Becca van Klinken, knows this to be true, as she helps women diagnosed with cancer to improve their quality of life and assist recovery through individualised exercise rehab programs.
Becca, who has worked as a Physiotherapist since 2001, said she draws on her lifelong love of sport, health and fitness to help her patients return to doing the things they love best following their cancer treatment.
“As a Certified Pinc & Steel Cancer Rehab Physio, my role is to help people regain and maintain movement, strength, and endurance before, during and after cancer treatment, enabling them to return to regular activities as soon as possible,” says Becca
In 2018, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) advocated for ‘exercise to be standard practice in cancer care and viewed as an adjuvant therapy to counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatments.’
COSA also recommends individual patient safety should be assessed by a health professional with knowledge of cancer, prior to exercise commencement.
Founder & Director, Pinc & Steel International, Lou James, says medical treatment may save lives, but cancer rehabilitation gives people their live back.
“It is common for people to reduce their level of physical activity after a cancer diagnosis. By getting the appropriate support and encouragement from a cancer rehabilitation therapist during and after treatment is essential to help you return to doing the things you love,’’ says Lou.
Becca says the role of a Cancer Rehab Therapist is to understand the needs of each individual patient, offer a safe rehabilitation environment and help patients understand what they can do, instead of being frustrated by what they can’t.
“Showing someone what they can do gives them confidence and hope they can return to their normal daily activities. I’ve also seen women become stronger during and after their treatment than when they were first diagnosed,” adds Becca
“This is why I love what I do and know that exercise really is the best medicine.”
Performance and Re-shaping
Pilates is not just for the injured! Our teachers have enjoyed professional careers as dancers and athletes and are experienced in challenging their clients to reach their highest level of strength and control. Pilates is a very useful complementary exercise that can work alongside all areas of sports and hobbies.