Clinical Pilates is focuses on improving posture, core stability, endurance, and muscle control. It involves a individualised system of exercises that integrate the traditional Pilates Method with modern research into musculoskeletal problems to facilitate smoother more efficient movement to enhance your performance and reduce pain.
Clinical Pilates improves posture, spinal strength, mobility and pelvic floor function. This makes it effective in injury rehabilitation but also for injury prevention.
What is Pilates?
Joseph Pilates invented Clinical Pilates in the early 20th century as a form of exercise for injured dancers.
The moves in Pilates are similar to Yoga but has more emphasis on the spinal core. It is based on nine principles: Breathing, Concentration, Control, Centring, Flow, Postural Alignment, Precision, Relaxation and Stamina.
Studio versus Clinical Pilates?
Simply put, a physiotherapist runs a clinical pilates group.
Here at Fountain Gate Physiotherapy the group is no bigger than 4 clients allowing optimum time for assessment and re-assessment of new exercises.
Studio pilates is generally not taken by a physiotherapist and can be in large groups - the one size fits all approach.
What is a reformer?
A pilates reformer is a frame with a rolling platform. Resistance is provided by graduated springs at one end. You can exercise in sitting, standing or lying and can use either the arms or legs to move the platform.
The benefit of a reformer is that you are able to change the spring tension or position of the exercise to control the amount of resistance. Exercises can be tailored for rehabilitation from pain or injury, or for the duration of pregnancy. It allows exercises to be tailored for all levels of fitness, condition and age.
How do I join a group?
You are first required to have an initial assessment with the Physiotherapist prior to joining a group. This session lasts for 45 minutes and allows the physiotherapist to assess your suitability for a group and develop an exercise program.
Further one-on-one sessions last for 30 minutes and allow for correct performance of the basic exercises. Your physiotherapist may suggest further one on one sessions during the initial assessment. Otherwise you may be suitable to proceed directly to the group. You may require up to 3 or 4 one-on-one sessions prior to joining the group.
Group sessions last for 60 minutes and have up to 4 people. Your private health insurance may provide coverage for these group sessions. Clients who are being seen under Workcover or TAC may also be able to join a group. See this page for costs for both individual and group sessions.
What do I bring to an assessment?
Comfortable clothes are a must, especially clothing that will not restrict your movement.
Please bring a pair of socks for use on the reformer and a towel and of course some water to stay hydrated.