Clinical pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise program that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture.
At Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy, our approach to pilates is unlike your pilates often seen at the local gym or pilates studio. Our approach to clinical pilates is based on the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (AAPI) method by which our pilates physios are trained. This approach is founded on the physiotherapy model providing individualised and specific exercises based on the latest evidence to improve central core control with optimum muscle activation with the aim of improving function and correct posture. Improved function with ideal alignment concurrently can help to reduce your aches and pains as well as minimise the risk of future injury (Hodges et al, 1997, 2008, 2010 and Hides et al, 1996).
Specifically, our physios will target your deep stabilising muscles of your back, abdomen and pelvic floor region. These muscles act together to form a closed cylinder of stability to form a strong and functional spine (Hodges 1999). Our pilates physios will initially concentrate on correct activation of these muscles then challenge the central core by introducing graduated arm and leg movements and stretches.
1. Mat work
Mat work classes are conducted on a dense foam mat whereby you can utilise your own body weight. Mat work classes offer enormous freedom in being able to enjoy flowing movements but always at your own pace.
Beginner classes incorporate certain exercises being broken down into components as they are taught, ensuring you have a sound technique and are confident in progressing your skill further.
Intermediate/expert classes build on the foundations of the beginner levels. These classes incorporate props, such as theraband, small Pilates ball and magic circle.
Group classes are capped at 8 people. Mat work classes at lunch run for 45 minutes. Mat work classes in the morning and evening run for 60 minutes.
Pilates reformer classes are an excellent way to tone and challenge your core muscles. Full body workouts using spring loaded resistance conducted on the pilates reformer targets arms, legs and abdominals. This enables you to improve your posture and flexibility. Please note – adjustable springs allow for all levels of ability.
Reformer classes are capped at 5 people. Reformer classes run for 45 minutes.
Pilates during pregnancy is a safe, challenging experience that will help prepare and strengthen your body and mind for your birth experience and assist in a quicker recovery. The classes are designed to help your body cope with the everchanging requirements of your developing pregnancy whilst providing you with a dynamic and effective workout. Pregnant clients can attend our level 1 mat work classes if Mums and Bubs classes are unavailable.
Premium Access Gym and Pilates Pass
When you book and pay for one of our Pilates blocks, you can upgrade to a premium access Gym Pass. This premium access Gym Pass will entitle you to use our Pilates studio and gym equipment at your leisure, during our opening hours throughout the term.
All this for a small fee of $50 per term. Please note that use of the Pilates equipment will not be available during scheduled class times. (see class schedule above)
Gungahlin opening times:
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Saturday: 8am – 12pm
Sunday – Closed
(Please note we are closed all public holidays and Saturdays which fall on long weekends)
City opening times:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 6pm
Public Holidays: Closed
Our Pilates Classes can help you with:
- Low back pain
- Sacroiliac joint pain and dysfunction
- Pelvic pain and instability
- Osteitis pubis
- Hip pain
- Gluteal pain
- Chronic hamstring strains
- Disc replacement
- Post abdominal surgery rehabilitation
- Post spinal & pelvic surgery
- Pregnancy pain
- Post childbirth pain
- Pelvic floor retraining
- Pre-exercise programs
- lower abdominal bulging
- Sports injuries
- Lower limb injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Poor posture
- Stress related illness
Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy Pilates Key Features:
- Clinical pilates methodology – evidence based technique founded on the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute method for the optimal result with a lasting solution.
- Individually tailored exercises focused on working the areas specific to YOUR needs.
- Run by an expert that is qualified and APPI trained in relating your pain and pathology to your solution.
- Attentive, instructional, and focused on correct technique and personal application.
- Uses specialised pilates equipment such as our pilates reformer, magic circles, foam rollers and exercise bands (not just our floor mats).
- Choose your adventure– individuals (1-on-1), semi-private (2-3 participants – you might want to bring a friend) and group classes (4-8 participants). Matwork classes are scalable – level 1 (beginner) and level 2 (intermediate/advanced). Our Get Fit to Ski program also includes some pilates exercises.
- Health Fund rebates available – the classes are run by a physiotherapist with the aim of improving function and correcting posture as well as fully rehabilitating any injuries and thus health fund rebates are available.
What if I miss a class?
You can have a make-up class (depending on class size) in another class.
How do I get started?
Step 1: You will need to book in for an initial assessment consultation so that we can tailor the matwork pilates class to suit your needs. The assessment step can be by-passed if you are already having physiotherapy treatment at the clinic – but talk to your physiotherapist first to see if the class is suitable for you. Step 2: The assessing physiotherapist will determine if the class is suitable for you and if so you can start the classes straight away. Step 3: If you are suitable, you can be placed in Level 1 or level 2 or advanced classes according to your ability.
How do I claim my private Health Fund rebate?
You will need to pay for all the classes in advance and then claim back from your health fund at the end of the class series. Your tax invoice will show the dates attended for each class.
Experience pilates the right way, with an attentive professional physiotherapist that is focused on you and getting the results that you want. CALL 6262 4464 NOW!– and find out how clinical pilates with a physio can help YOU!