What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates during the First World War to improve the rehabilitation of its casualties. He believed that core control was the essence of controlling movement and that mental and physical health co-exist with each other.

Pilates is a total body conditioning system to train the local stabilizing muscles (the "core") to work more effectively and efficiently during everyday movements.

The body and mind work together, but it all starts with breathing and the core. If you do not know how to activate your core and pelvic floor correctly (there is more to it than "tightening your abs" or "pulling your belly button to your spine"!!) the body cannot function as efficiently.

By learning to activate your core correctly, learning your body's neutral alignment, breathing and concentration to work through flowing postures creates a full body workout.


  • Builds strength and muscle control

  • Increases flexibility

  • Improves posture

  • Teaches correct activation of the core and pelvic floor

  • Helps in the rehabilitation of injuries

  • Improves sporting performance

  • Low impact exercises but challenging

  • Multiple benefits for during pregnancy and post natally (see below) - can be adapted to reduce strain on abdominals and pelvic floor

Why do Pilates with Essential Physiotherapy?

Lesley has been working in Physiotherapy Private Practice for 10 years, and teaching Pilates for over 6 years. She uses Pilates in her daily treatment with great results during the rehabilitation process.

She has expanded her scope of Physiotherapy practice to include

  • Women's Health

  • Pregnancy Physiotheray

  • Post Natal Physiotherapy

  • Exercise during pregnancy

  • Pregnancy Pilates

  • Post Natal Pilates

Lesley knows the importance of looking after your pelvic floor, and learning to activate your pelvic floor and core, along with correct breathing is the fundamental core of her Pilates classes - the benefits cannot happen if the core is not working. She will teach you how to get these muscles working properly, ensuring you workout is safe and effective especially if you have been recently pregnant or experience any Women's Health issues.

Please feel free to get in touch with Lesley if you have any questions at all regarding Pilates, Physiotherapy, Women's Health or Pregnancy.