Introducing Carol Wyse

We have a new member to our team - Carol Wyse. Carol has recently moved to the area from London where she led a physiotherapy team supporting early discharge following stroke. Carol is now keen to combine her expertise with neurological conditions and Pilates.

New Pilates class

We have organised a class specifically for anyone with a neurological condition such as Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis, post stroke etc, wishing to try Pilates.  There are stairs to negotiate to get down to the studio. We have a ground floor treatment room for Individual treatment.

Contact Angie for further details or to book a place

Below is an article Carol has written to explain the benefits of Pilates.

How can Pilates help people with neurological conditions?

Pilates can help to improve your balance, co-ordination and strength through exercises designed to work on your core muscles (abdominals and back). It can also help to loosen up stiff joints and muscles and provide relaxation. Pilates is frequently used in physiotherapy sessions to address problem areas and help improve people’s abilities to carry out a normal life.

Having worked as a physiotherapist for the last 16 years (12 of these with neurological clients), I have seen the benefits that Pilates can provide for people with neurological conditions. These have included improvements in walking ability and stamina; the ability to use arms while sitting and standing; and providing improvements in ease of movement. All these factors help improve people’s daily lives and routines.

Recent studies have concluded that:

In MS, Pilates can improve posture, boost the immune system, reduce stress, increase energy and bone density, improve circulation and respiration, improve muscle tone and balance. Pilates is ideal for someone with MS as many of the exercises are done lying down and they are all non-impact and non-weight bearing.” (multiple sclerosis resource centre website  www.msrc.co.uk )

 “…participation in the Pilates component of the study led to improved static and dynamic balance.(Bird, Hill and Fell.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Jan;93(1):43-9. Epub 2011 Oct 5)

“…individuals can improve their muscular endurance and flexibility using relatively low-intensity Pilates exercises that do not require equipment or a high degree of skill and are easy to master.(Kloubec.  J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Mar; 24(3):661-7)

“Experimental research has produced evidence in recent years underlying the beneficial effects that exercise can have in preventing and deceleration of the development of Parkinson’s disease.”  Alonso-French; Sanahuja;  Rodriguez AM. Neurologist. 2011 Nov;17(6 Suppl 1):S47-53).

 

Pilates sessions specifically for people with neurological conditions will allow the pace and content of the class to be adapted to the group’s needs. The small class size will ensure that each person receives individual attention to ensure that the exercises are performed in the most beneficial way for each individual.

 

A health screen will need to be completed and it is recommended (but not essential) that you have a one to one session with the instructor prior to the first session.

 

 

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