Clinical Pilates

Our supervised exercise sessions (Clinical Pilates) are physiotherapist-led and incorporate Pilates inspired exercises, strength and conditioning principles and general physiotherapy clinical framework. Based on your initial assessment, our programs are individualised and involve a comprehensive treatment plan, so you are geared towards living your best quality of life!

Pilates exercises are ideal for the whole body, with a particular emphasis on gentle, co-ordinated muscle action. They are suitable for people of all ages and the benefits include:

  • Faster recovery from injury
  • Increased muscle strength and length
  • Greater resistance to injury
  • Improved posture, flexibility, balance, control and overall wellbeing

Who is Clinical Pilates suitable for?
Pilates has been used successfully in the rehabilitation of conditions such as:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Antenatal and postnatal
  • Postural problems
  • Pelvic and hip pain
  • Post-operative strengthening
  • Work injuries
  • Chronic pain sufferers
  • Neurological conditions, such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease

 

Why do I need an initial assessment?
Your physiotherapist will need to assess your past injury history and current fitness levels, then design and closely supervise an individualised exercise program tailored to your specific health goals. This exercise program will include movements to tone and strengthen your muscles within the limits of your comfort.

We suggest that you wear comfortable and non-restrictive clothing (including socks) to your sessions.

Once you are performing the exercises safely and correctly, you will be encouraged to use the equipment more independently, though you will be fully supervised by our physiotherapists and re-assessed throughout the duration of your program.

What types of equipment do you use?
Pilates exercises are done on the reformer and trapeze table, and there may also be some floor work performed on a mat. Both the reformer and trapeze table use various types of springs to provide resistance to movement, whilst floor work may incorporate various exercise aids such as a Fitball™ or weights.

Are the sessions one-on-one or in a group?
We have both options! Our physiotherapists usually start off with a few one-on-one sessions until you are confident in performing your individualised program. We then encourage you to join our group classes.