Pilates is a technique that focuses on core strengthening, balance, and flexibility. Bay Area Pilates uses their classical training from Joseph Pilates to apply these principles in the rehabilitation of many common orthopedic problems. Many injuries are caused by muscular imbalances within our bodies. Many things cause these imbalances – our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out – basically the way we move. Most of us move incorrectly in some way or another, which puts too much pressure on some muscles and weakens others, causing an imbalance.
Most Pilates exercises for rehabilitation are performed on a mat or pieces of equipment like the Reformer, Cadillac, and Chair. The reformer allows the client to work one side of the body, making it easier to build up the injured side which then brings more balance to the body.