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What is Pilates and Its Benefits - From the Health Specialist At Medineeds

Date: Apr 04, 2022
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At Medineeds Health and Wellness Clinic we are often asked for top tips on how our patients can look after their overall wellbeing, as a way of easing and managing pain, supporting rehabilitation and focusing on whole person wellness.

We have a full circle approach to your health and wellness at Medineeds and we believe overall wellness is crucial to protect against the onset of health issues. Through adopting this holistic approach, our wide range of services focus on protecting and improving your health as well as treating current ailments.

We understand that often people don’t know what Pilates exercises they could be following at home, what do’s and don’ts there are to adopting techniques in everyday life, or what sort of Pilates class they would find helpful in order to benefit from the most suitable advice and support.

So, what is the best advice for Pilates?

Here are the Pilates Top Tips from our Medineeds Specialist, Larissa Bolliger:

  • To help awaken your spine fully and alleviate general back pain, take time to stretch out your body before getting out of bed.  
  • To alleviate stress and aid relaxation, practice the Pilates breathing method on a daily basis. Spend a few minutes each day in a comfortable position with your eyes closed, inhaling and exhaling deeply several times. 
  • Practice good Pilates posture in all you do, as it will help to alleviate back pain.  When standing or sitting, think of lengthening up through your spine and neck. Keep your shoulders down and your feet parallel to your knees and hips.  Try not to spend too much time sitting in front of a computer. 
  • Learning to engage your core muscles correctly can help to protect your spine and strengthen your core during all your daily activities, not just when you are exercising. 
  • Practice squatting!  A squat is a functional exercise – squat down to pick something up off the floor instead of bending over. Learning to squat correctly will protect your spine in daily activities.   

Medineeds Pilates Classes – the best value Somerset Pilates sessions, provided by local healthcare experts

Our Pilates sessions are led by Lead Pilates and Fitness Instructor Larissa Bolliger. Larissa is a qualified FitPro registered level 3 Pilates Instructor and Fitness Instructor. She holds the thoughtful Body Mama's Pilates level 3 Active IQ award in Supporting Pre and Postnatal clients with exercise and nutrition advice. Larissa also holds a certificate in Barre Pilates Method Training, Pilates for common Orthopaedic conditions. She is also able to provide general nutrition advice and exercise.

At Medineeds, our expert led Pilates sessions take place in our dedicated Praana Wellness Studio, a space designed for calm and peaceful exercise and reflection. Pilates classes are suitable for all ages and abilities, both males and females are welcome. 

With Pilates consistency is key. Pilates needs to be practiced on a regular basis to feel the full benefit of the exercises for body and mind.  Core strength cannot happen overnight, so patience, persistence and practice will perfect your Pilates technique of engaging and connecting the most important deeper, stabilizing muscles of your core.  

From Pilates you will not only learn core-strength, but also good breathing techniques, balance, good posture, flexibility and muscle strength. It will energise you, but also relax you!

How can I find out more about Medineeds Pilates classes?

At Medineeds we are on a mission to improve the wellbeing of our local community. We have many years of experience in our areas of expertise and are also involved in the provision of frontline healthcare services. Our Medineeds Health & Wellness Clinic team is made up of healthcare specialists and professionals, dedicated to taking care of your health and wellness.

If you feel that you or someone you know would benefit from beginning or continuing Pilates, please contact our friendly Medineeds Reception Team, who will happily advise you on our Praana Wellness Studio Pilates classes.

Call our Reception Team today to arrange an appointment 01823 277755 or email