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Pilates is a body conditioning method that works differently to other exercise techniques. It provides an unparalleled level of integrated fitness providing core and spine strength, full-body fitness as well as breath efficiency. With practice we learn the right muscle combinations and movement patterns for pain free function. It is a continual learning process that teaches you to be in control of your body using a mindful connection.

The eight fundamentals of Pilates are:  

  • Relaxation
  • Concentration
  • Breathing
  • Alignment (Posture)
  • Centering (Torso & Core Stability)
  • Co-ordination (Balance & Control)
  • Flowing Movement
  • Stamina

At Remedy we see Pilates as targeted symmetrical training and the prerequisite to doing all other things more comfortably. Our focus is on improving posture by correcting imbalances and alignment to equalise both sides of the body, as well as improving motion and strength to achieve an ease of movement that you may not have experienced before.  We help you to understand how the form we teach applies to how you carry your body throughout the day. Small changes in how you sit, stand, or run can have a huge impact in the quality of your life.

All interested in health, as well as health professionals like GPs and Consultants are now realising that Pilates is the perfect complement to cardiovascular exercise, rehabilitation and sports training. Pilates can help to avoid surgical procedures for conditions like chronic back pain that can improve with practice. Sports people find that Pilates is a great foundation to improve any range of movement they need, and know how important it is for cross training to avoid overuse injuries.

We can see an increase in GP referrals to Remedy and it is refreshing to see some are now prescribing Pilates over medication for pain relief.

Although you will always be challenged in every class for you to improve, nothing will be beyond your means of ability. This is established in your Pre Class Consultation. We can then place you in the correct class and level suited to your needs.

Pilates at Remedy is suitable for all ages and abilities, fitness levels and goals.

At Remedy, Pilates is a lifestyle.

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  • Improves posture – focuses on strength and alignment of postural muscles
  • Improves flexibility – works on joint and muscle range of motion
  • Helps in the prevention of injury and injury rehabilitation
  • Increases core strength and pelvic stability – focuses on abdominal, back, hip, pelvic floor and buttock muscles
  • Long term role in the prevention of recurrent spinal problems
  • Improves breathing patterns, leading to less muscle tension and pain
  • Increases body awareness – education on how to strengthen weak areas and stretch tight areas
  • Improves athletic performance – corrects muscle imbalances of specific sports and the associated overuse injuries, great for cross training
  • Pain relief – due to improved movement patterns and increased muscle strength and endurance
  • Balances strength & flexibility leading to good alignment and reduction of injuries
  • Strengthens bone health
  • Stress, anxiety and tension relief
  • Better balance, coordination & circulation
  • Can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes

The Man behind the Method: A fascinating story – please do read to become inspired!

The Pilates method was invented by Joseph Pilates (1883 - 1967), a German Physical Trainer to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong. He had a number of ailments growing up including asthma and the bone disease rickets. In order to battle these, he dedicated his entire life to improving his physical strength.

By the age of 14 he was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts and became to believe that ”modern” lifestyle, bad posture and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. He went on to become a gymnast, circus performer, boxer and self-defence trainer at Scotland Yard.

His father, a native of Greece, was a prize-winning gymnast, while his German born mother was a naturopath who believed in the principle of stimulating the body to heal itself without artificial drugs. We can see his most notable influencers were most likely his parents! I feel he was definitely before his time with his concept based on balancing body and mind to enhance health in every aspect of life.

Sadly, during WW1 Joseph became a prisoner of War. Here he taught fellow camp members his concepts developed over 20 years of self-study and apprenticeship in Yoga, Zen, and ancient Greek and Roman physical regimes.

Camp leaders put him in charge of rehabilitating wounded soldiers and he soon learned that by attaching springs to hospital bed frames gave them the independence to exercise under his supervision. The help given by springs and handles, working with or against gravity, allowed those incapable of correct movement patterns to gain the mobility, strength and control needed over time. This spring/pulley theory later led to the Reformer we know today! I am still fascinated by this history.

Spring tension, straps to hold feet and hands, supports for back, neck and shoulders are as important now as they were then.  He also used steel from the inside of beer barrels for resistance which later became the Pilates ring of today!

Joseph engineered all the equipment, specifications, and tuning required to teach his method, and devised all the training techniques that ultimately became the Pilates regime. Once released from incarceration he was approached to train the German secret police.

Around 1926 he traveled to New York, and on meeting his wife Clara they set up their own Pilates school next to the New York school of Ballet. Here the professional dance community discovered that his conditioning techniques helped prevent injury and improve strength, while maintaining long, even balanced muscle tone. This sparked a vast following of his method and he continued to teach until he passed away at 87. What a real legend!

Unfortunately Pilates was never copy righted and the legacy he left was open for anyone to state that they were Pilates trained. Thankfully today the general population are giving Pilates the recognition it and Joseph Pilates deserves by attending a clinical studio or private practice where all staff have been trained to very high standards.

Referring to teacher training Joseph was quoted as saying “Remember, Rome was not built in a day”. I sincerely believe in this.  All our teachers and therapists have gone through rigorous training and attend continual professional development as an interest, as well as for work purposes and credibility.

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There are no pre-requisites to becoming a member at Remedy, all you need is your body, and a mind willing to embrace positive change.

Remedy is a unique health & wellness place for all.

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How Remedy Pilates can help you:

Developing a sports persons core – the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine – makes sports people more agile, helps prevent injury and increases sporting performance.

From weekend warriors to elite professionals, athletes looking for a competitive edge are discovering that the right form of Pilates can help you to:

  • Hit the ball farther
  • Run faster
  • Jump higher
  • Correct muscle imbalances
  • Improve all sporting performance
  • Prevent injury

Pilates builds a strong core, increases strength and flexibility simultaneously, and improves posture, stability and alignment. It also emphasizes complete concentration on smooth, flowing movement, and efficient breathing. You become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how best to control its movement to prevent injury and improve performance. At Remedy we can teach you how to improv specific to your sport with our Sports Programming helping to rehabilitate an injury, prevent injuries, work on technique to avoid over use injuries and improve overall performance.

At Remedy we provide Pilates for all ages and abilities but it is generally our seniors, aged 55 plus, that realise they want to enjoy the rest of their years without pain and discomforts. I propose that this is the wisdom that comes with life experience! Our eldest member is 84 at present. However, with our aging population, and more people becoming educated about where to go to look after their health, I know we will have more members beyond this age enjoying a pro-active lifestyle making activities of daily living easier and improving health and wellness. 

At Remedy we offer corporate classes at a discounted rate.

Our effective Corporate Pilates programme provides a more energetic, productive and positive workplace. Muscular pain, particularly back pain can contribute to companies losing a lot in revenue due to employees on sick leave.

Bringing your staff to Remedy can benefit both employer and employee in many ways: 

  • Reduces ‘sick days’ for the Company
  • Reduces stress and tension, boosts energy
  • Improves postural awareness & self-correction
  • Reduces risk of injury
  • Increases work efficiency and concentration level
  • Tones, strengthens and increases flexibility giving a feeling of wellness
  • Team bonding
  • Courses are typically 6 week cycles throughout the calendar year
  • We can also run a workshop for your Company providing home exercises and advice on how to ease discomforts
  • For more information and prices please contact us

How does Pilates help bone health?

  • Increases strength and muscle mass, facilitating the support of bones and joints
  • Improves balance and movement patterns, which can help prevent falls that might result in fractured bone
  • Improves breathing patterns, which can help ribcage mobility, posture and relaxation
  • Improves flexibility and posture, which can help keep the bones in alignment and prevent muscle and nerve injury leading to pain

The importance of weight-bearing exercise that loads and strengthens bone cannot be underestimated. We must have strong bones that can bear our weight and allow us mobility. With so many safer dynamics playing into exercise for Osteoporosis, one really needs the education on what to do when exercising for bone health.

At Remedy our Pilates exercises are modified by our teachers to make sure all exercises are safe for members with Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, as some of the traditional Pilates exercises are contraindicated. Certain movements need to be avoided such as sudden or abrupt movements, heavy lifting or flexion or extension with rotation. Indicated exercises for Osteoporosis are working in a neutral spine, spinal extension exercises, balance and proprioception and dynamic loading. Dynamic loading is created by weight bearing or muscular contraction. Traditional Pilates will not promote enough weight bearing to build bone density. Therefore, we work in standing, standing on one leg, four point kneeling, plank positions and squatting as well as with equipment and props that provide this resistance safely.

Pilates at Remedy is a useful form of low impact exercise for people with both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatological conditions.

Although you may have been told you have irreversible  “wear and tear” or inflammation in your joints, or may even be waiting orthopaedic  surgery, exercise is always of benefit at every stage of the condition. You can’t reverse your condition but you can be pro-active and help ease your symptoms. At Remedy we work with clients of all levels of strength and fitness. We work with each individual to tailor the exercises to meet individual needs and improve symptoms. As the body gets used to doing more, then it becomes stronger. The type of exercises we recommend will depend on which joints are affected and how severe your condition is. This will be established in your Pre Class Consultation.

Benefits of Pilates for Arthritis:

  • Reduces your joint pain and stiffness
  • Strengthens the muscles, ligaments and cartilage around your joints
  • Helps you maintain bone strength and quality
  • Increases your joint range of motion and joint mobility
  • Improves your balance
  • Gives you more strength and energy to get through the day, or partake in walking or sport
  • Makes it easier to get a good night’s sleep
  • Makes you feel better about yourself and improves your sense of well-being
  • Improves your ability to manage stress
  • Provides you with tools and knowledge of exercises which help in the management of your symptoms

Neurological Conditions

Neurological disorders steal the body of muscle control. Pilates is all about controlled movements, it can be extremely beneficial for counteracting symptoms of a neurological disease. Pilates focuses on core muscles, muscles in the centre of the body like deep abdominals and muscles around the spine. These muscles are important for overall stability and balance, which is a common problem for those living with a neurological condition.

Pilates is recommended for Neurological Conditions particularly for: 

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinsons’ Disease

Why Pilates? 

  • Improves your balance and movement patterns, which can help prevent falls that might result in fractured bone
  • Gives you more strength and energy to get through the day, or partake in walking or sport
  • Makes it easier to get a good night’s sleep
  • Improves your ability to manage stress and boosts energy
  • Provides you with tools and knowledge of exercises which help in the management of your symptoms
  • Builds body strength
  • Teaches body awareness
  • Promotes good posture
  • Improves muscle elasticity and joint mobility
  • Emphasises proper breathing and flowing movements.
  • Makes you feel better about yourself and improves your sense of well-being

Our Stepping Stones class may be for you.

Pilates may sound very ballerina like but Joseph Pilates, inventor of the Pilates method was a serious alpha male.  He trained military personnel and kept the German secret police fit. He also spent most of his life teaching in his underpants as he as he felt better with the air on his skin!

Pilates training is highly relevant for men’s fitness and strength from desk bound to builders, to rehabilitating an injury to sportsmen, it really does benefit all.  It is commonly used as a tool to relieve back ache by improving posture, sorting muscle imbalance and building core strength.

The exercises specifically target deeper postural muscles to help shoulder problems, back and abdominal strength, create flexibility in hips and hamstrings, as well as improving ankle and knee stability. All while developing a toned, fit appearance.

Top sportsmen all over the world like tennis pro Andy Murray are well versed in the benefits of Pilates, many for whom classes are compulsory to help prevent injury. The All Blacks have been doing Pilates since the Irish Rugby Team were in their youth. Now they, along with the Leinster Rugby team, as well as any sports person wanting to get a cut above the rest are Pilates fanatics.

All sports are very different on the court or field, but all participants have one desire in common; to prevent or recover from injury and increase efficient and effective movement to improve performance.

Pilates at Remedy can help put the power behind your swing, the speed in your sprint and the length in your hamstrings. It is just as useful for the general population as it is for those wanting to improve sporting performance.  It is a perfect exercise class for those that want to improve fitness and function or for those with injuries or physical limitations.

At Remedy we use own your body weight, medicine balls and other equipment, as well as Pilates machines to strengthen and/or support and challenge your body in all planes of movement.

We welcome men in all of our classes. We also run a Men’s only class.

Pilates is particularly beneficial form of exercise to develop spinal control, strength and correct movement patterns. Pilates is a widely used rehabilitation tool amongst Physiotherapists to reduce pain and improve activities of daily living and function. We have considerable experience dealing with whiplash, disc and nerve problems of the neck and spine, surgical rehabilitation and chronic pain conditions.

At Remedy we provide both Physiotherapy and Pilates under one roof and together have developed a clinical “Back Care” management programme. Prior to joining our classes, each client is taken through a Pre Class Consultation by one of our Pilates teachers so that we are fully aware of your needs and level of ability.

Class numbers are kept small to ensure close supervision and modification of exercise as necessary.  The exercises are slow, gentle and controlled with precision of movement the key to good posture and a healthy back.   Attending our classes means that you will also be gaining the benefit of our clinical experience as we can explain just why some exercise techniques are better and safer than others. Our teachers will modify all exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range, and monitor your improvements. You may also embark on our Physio Pilates Programme if necessary.

Remember you do not have to suffer with back pain for the rest of your life, there is always something you can do to help you feel better. It can be very frustrating for us as exercise professionals to hear that someone has been told by the medical profession to ‘live with it’ or ‘accept it is part of your age’. We have many young and older clients who have been through this disheartening process, only to realise when meeting with us that we can give the advice and education needed to help ease symptoms with the right exercise, taught by the right professionals.

It is important to note that you can’t reverse degeneration, as we are all degenerating the way grey hair and loose teeth get us, but you can help improve symptoms leading to a more enjoyable pro-active lifestyle.  Please do get in touch with any questions regarding a back issue.

If you are post-surgery or need to prepare for surgery, are recovering from an illness or serious injury, or are managing a chronic condition like MS, Parkinsons‘ or Cancer, Pilates at Remedy can help you. We will get to know you and your lifestyle when you attend our Pre Class Consultation, and then together we can make an informed decision if you would like to continue with private lessons or join our Stepping Stones. If you have any particular questions or specific needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

When you’re looking how to tone your body effectively and efficiently, Pilates is  a one stop method to work on weight-loss, fitness and body tone while correcting posture and ensuring that you don’t get injured while working towards your goal.  Pilates at Remedy is a wonderful training method that is good for people of all fitness levels and abilities.

Pilates and Extraordinary Effects on the Body:

  • Pilates changes the shape of your body – clothes fit differently
  • Pilates tightens your waistline and core and lifts the backside
  • Pilates builds muscle without bulk and improves posture – makes you feel taller and slimmer
  • Pilates tones the full body as it is a functional exercise targeting all areas together
  • Pilates woks on toning muscle. Toned muscle in return burns more calories than fatty tissue. With more toned muscle overall metabolism increases and more calories are burned, even when you are not exercising! For more calorie burning check out our Cardio Pilates class.

Women’s health refers to health issues specific to the female anatomy.

The pelvic floor muscles are the foundation for the core of the body. They help stabilize the pelvis, and they support the organs of the lower abdominal cavity, like the bladder and uterus. 1 in 3 women suffer from pelvic floor problems, 70% improve with continuous and specialised exercise. It is also important to note that 50% of those performing pelvic floor exercises are not doing them correctly.

Childbirth, chronic coughing, ageing, and inactivity are among the causes of weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles. A weak pelvic floor can lead to problems like incontinence, diminished sexual enjoyment, and a dropping of the organs into the pelvic muscles which is the case with problems like prolapsed uterus or bladder.

Why Pilates?

Pilates is excellent exercise for strengthening the pelvic floor and can minimise the risk of pelvic floor injury. In Pilates, the pelvic floor muscles are used in their role as natural muscular support for movement. This is a firm and sustained engagement of the muscles where one is pulling both the front and back of the pelvic floor in and up as part of an exercise, where abdominal muscles as well as other muscles are also involved.

Why should I exercise my pelvic floor muscles?

  • To help improve back and pelvic pain as core support
  • To prevent stress incontinence, that is, the inability to control the movements of the bowel, bladder or both when those muscles are put under strain e.g. in the form of coughing, sneezing, running, jumping, skipping and so on
  • To help prevent prolapse of the pelvic floor or organs such as the womb or bladder
  • To improve your sex life if desired after child birth and surgery

What is the Pink Ribbon Program? 

Developed by a Survivor to help Breast Cancer Survivors regain mobility and improve quality of life.

The driving-force of the Pink Ribbon Program is to ensure that every woman has the ability to regain a sense of wellbeing that has been lost from diagnosis, surgery and into recovery. This can be achieved, in part, through an exercise therapy program designed specifically for the needs and challenges facing the growing number of breast cancer survivors.

Pink Ribbon Remedy Pilates and Physiotherapy

Benefits of the Pink Ribbon Program: 

  • Helps regain strength & mobility in the affected shoulder and arm
  • Enhances energy levels
  • Enhances physical and mental well-being
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Improves sleep and alleviates fatigue
  • Reduces feelings of depression
  • Provides rehabilitation from surgeries including mastectomy, lumpectomy, lymph node removal and reconstruction procedures

Participating in an exercise programme like The Pink Ribbon Recovery Programme can give back some control over a situation that we have little control over. It may help you feel pro-active about your own recovery and give a sense of well-being that may have been lost through diagnosis and recovery. Please feel free to ask any questions or get in touch with any concerns.

Pilates is great for working on strength and flexibility helping to keep you more comfortable with good posture while pregnant. It is one of the few exercises that you can do safely helping with back and pelvic issues and to keep up a level of fitness during and after pregnancy.  Find out how to strengthen your pelvic floor and core muscles, improve your posture and still have time out for yourself to relax.

Benefits of Pregnancy and Post Natal Pilates at Remedy: 

  • Reduces back and pelvic pain
  • Promotes comfort and reduces swelling
  • Strengthens pelvic floor & core muscles
  • Maintains a healthy weight
  • Time out to relax
  • Improves posture
  • Repair of the Diastasis Recti
  • Helps mental and physical preparation
  • Aids early recovery and return to pre-pregnancy shape
  • Gain strength for lifting and carrying your baby

In the interest of your own health and safety please check in with your GP or consultant and provide a letter to state that you are fit for exercise before joining a class at Remedy. This is appreciated and ensures us that you are ready to begin a health, wellness and fitness programme.

What is Diastasis Recti?

“The ethos of Remedy is unique. The individual care and attention that Rachael and her team dedicate to each and every client is rare, and something I believe essential to improving client well-being. I also enjoy the calming studio environment that makes Remedy such a special place to come to.”

R. O’ Malley

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