Modified Pilates Instructors
APPI trained Pilates instructors are different from other well know Instructors as they teach Modified Pilates Programmes suitable for the fit and healthy as well for rehabilitation.
Modified Pilates focus on contraction of the pelvic floor to facilitate Transversus Abdominus and Mutifidus muscles to contract, thus activating the central core.
The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) has modified the original 34 matwork exercises creating a more progressive approach to core stability training. This approach incorporates the recent research on back instability, muscle imbalance and adverse neural tension. Therefore it is deemed safe and effective for individuals recovering from recent injury and those who suffer chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
The APPI only train Physiotherapists or degree equivalent specialist so you can be rest assured that your instructor has the highest level of training and is able to provide a safe and effective programmes to suit your individual needs.
Please click on the APPI logo to be taken to their website.
The Founder of Pilates
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880 and throughout his childhood he suffered from rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. Joe was determined to become physically immune to the effects of these conditions and began to study the effects of exercise.
IN 1912 when WW1 broke out, Joe was remanded in a POW camp. It was then that Joe was trained as an orderly in the hospital and was appalled to see so many people in bed doing no exercise. He devised gentle bed based exercises and progressed to using resistance, weight bearing exercises to partial load muscles, tendons and ligaments to aid tissue healing.
After the war Joe developed his ideas within the dance world and moved to America. Together with his wife Clara they opened the first ‘Pilates Studio’ in New York.
By the 1950s Joe had a solid reputation and was training young ballerinas in the pilates technique. Several of Joe’s students went on to open their own Pilates studios and brought innovations and advancements to Joe’s original work. Joe died in 1967 but his pilates legacy lives on and continues to evolve in order to benefit thousands round the world.