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What is Pilates?

Pilates is one of the most popular exercise regimes in the world

Pilates is a system of physical fitness designed by German physical trainer and gymnast Joseph Pilates to aid injured dancers. Practised by more than 25 million people around the world, Pilates develops the strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and good posture necessary to prevent back problems and reduce joint injuries, and has been used by physiotherapists for decades to assist in injury recovery and prevention. It involves many exercises designed to strengthen the bodies core muscles, such as the abs, oblique’s, thighs and buttocks, which together form the ‘powerhouse’ of muscles which are the key to a person’s stability, building flexibility, control and strength in the entire body.

These exercises can be tailored from beginner to advanced levels, and while they may look similar require a high degree of precision and control, with a strong emphasis on correct technique. The moves involved are designed to engage virtually your entire body for example by strengthening one group of muscles while stretching out another, which involves much more concentration than simply going through the motions using gym equipment and hence advanced exercises can be deceptively tough. While Pilates is focused mostly on your core alongside boosting your flexibility and joint mobility, it will also increase your strength and muscle tone generally due to the degree of body weight exercises involved. It is not an aerobic exercise, however, and hence is not a substitute for cardio exercises.

At Touch Point Massage, we teach our own version of Pilates, Pilates PT! This is a modern and progressive derivative on the classic teachings of Joseph Pilates. An ALL body workout, designed to mould your body into a functional powerhouse. We also use elements of Yoga stretching, boot camp intensity and classic Pilates-style and flow.

The benefits! (To name a few!)

  • Increased physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Improved functionality in your chosen sport
  • Improved posture at work
  • Elements of meditation and focus

If you want to find out more about Pilates, check out our page to find out more about classes and the benefits.

Pilates is a series of exercises inspired by movements from callisthenics, yoga and ballet. Pilates works to balance, lengthen and stretch all the major muscle groups in the body. It improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness.

In your classes, the main focus is on three main elements – exercise, breathing and meditation. Our classes with Pilates PT, have a primary focus of strengthening, conditioning, and healing.

Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus because you move your body through precise ranges of motion. It requires concentration in finding a centre point to control your body through movement. Each exercise has a prescribed placement, rhythm and breathing pattern.

If you have any existing ailments it is recommended you always consult your doctor or contact us before embarking on any new fitness program, just to make sure pilates is the right thing for you!

Health benefits of Pilates

The health benefits of Pilates include:

  • improved flexibility
  • increased muscle strength and tone
  • enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • improved stabilisation of your spine
  • improved posture
  • improved physical coordination and balance
  • relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • improved concentration, and much more!

Massage is a fantastic way to relieve stress, treat injuries or just plain old relax. You may be asking yourself though, there are so many different types of massage, which one is best for me?

We’ve created a bit of a quick guide for those of you who don’t know.

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There are over one hundred types of Arthritis disease known to modern science that afflict the human body. The manifests, symptoms, and conditions vary based on individual and type of Arthritis (i.e. Rheumatoid, TMJ, Algood-Schlatter, and Tendonitis).

A considerable number of people suffering from Arthritis today are turning to alternative therapies, specifically massage therapy, to alleviate the pain and discomforts associated with the condition. Generally speaking Arthritis is an inflammation of joints in the body along with the surrounding tissues – a qualified physician or doctor should be consulted to determine if symptoms are Arthritic in nature.

Here’s how massage might be able to help you:

  • Massage can relax your muscles around your joints and reduce the inflammation around your joints
  • Elimination of toxins is also important for Arthritis patients. Toxins can accumulate and crystallize throughout the body in the tissue, blood stream, nervous system, and the joints. Massage therapy helps the promotion of toxin elimination
  • Regular use of the massage therapy can lead to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints
  • Massage therapy helps you to release endorphins – the happy hormone so you feel better and ease the physical pain associated with arthritis
  • Massage may also stretch the joints and stimulate the viscous fluid found in cavities of your joints. This eases inflammation.
Why you should get sports massage

Massage can help your sporting career and achieve fitness goals. Here are 10 reasons why sports massage is great for sport:

  1. Sports Massage increases range of motion, thus giving you a longer stride and more fluid movement.
  2. Helps shorten recovery time between workouts. Waste products such as lactic and carbonic acid build up in muscles after exercise. Increased circulation to these muscles helps to eliminate toxic debris and shorten recovery time.
  3. Improved circulation and general nutrition of muscles. Massage maximizes the supply of nutrients and oxygen though increased blood flow, which helps the body rebuild itself.
  4. Sports Massage reduces the risk of injury during preparation, stretching and your work out.
  5. Often the strokes involved in sports massage are performed towards the heart, thereby increasing lymphatic and blood flow, meaning that oxygen is being pumped around the body more efficiently.
  6. Sports Massage decreases stiffness and tension in the muscles, giving you a more fluid stride!
  7. Sports Massage decreases the likeliness of muscle spasms, scar tissue formation and musculoskeletal problems to occur.
  8. Sports Massage has psychological benefits including reducing stress levels, increasing mind-body connection and mental alertness.
  9. Sports massage can also help you with posture or correct body position for your run or chosen sport!
  10. Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
3 benefits of a dry needling treatment

Three benefits:

(1) Releases fascia or connective tissue more effectively than regular massage. Fascia is the tissue layer in your body right below your skin.

(2) There is a 71% overlap between acupuncture points and trigger points in the body with dry needling, therefore (by correspondence) stimulating other health benefits – not just the physical bodywork benefits.

(3)  Active trigger point patterns are particularly prevalent in tension-type headaches; dry needling aims to attack these headache symptoms direct at the source, in the neck and shoulder muscle bellies, therefore “deactivating” headache trigger point activity – in doing so alleviating headache-type symptoms.

Have you every visited a health practice and been convinced to book-in session after session for a small niggle, or strain or a kind of pain that commonly presents itself as muscular?

Did you every feel that the rehab exercises given to help fix the injury were very straight forward involving a basic level of common sense that the average person, let alone sporting or health professional could figure out?

Have you every had a massage that felt nice but just didn’t get into the right spots?

Well that above three points are exactly what we are NOT about at Touch Point…

Maybe all you really need is some attention to detail and a treatment that is specific to your ailment….

Maybe all you need is a health-care practitioner who is honest and forthright in his or her approach as to what will help you over come muscular and postural dysfunction for the long term gain of your health

At Touch Point out treatments focus on not only ironing out the pain symptoms but also giving attention the area of dysfunction. Not only do we give a firm massage treatment, loosening off knots and adhesion’s and releasing tight fascia but we also give you an awareness into your basic body maintenance and management…