What is Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a form of individualised physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, control and strength. It uses various resistance apparatus to isolate all aspects of human body movement in a functional manner.
Who is suitable for Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a safe and highly efficient work-out for people of all ages, including pregnant women and the elderly. Pilates has been used successfully in the rehabilitation of conditions such as:
- Back & neck pain
- Post-operative strengthening
- Postural problems
- Work injuries
- Pelvic & hip pain
The exercises can be progressed through stages of increasing difficulty to provide a challenging routine for athletes, dancers and gymnasts.
The exercises are performed on the Reformer and the Trapeze Bed. Both pieces of equipment use various types of springs to provide resistance to movement. The amount of resistance and type of exercise is closely matched to the person’s fitness levels.
How to get started?
The best way to get started with Clinical Pilates at our practice is to book your Introductory Pilates Assessment with one of our Pilates physiotherapists, by calling 9497 3098. Our Clinical Pilates patients must attend a minimum of two individual sessions. These sessions will allow you time to sit down with your physiotherapist to discuss your goals and expectations. Your physiotherapist will carry out a comprehensive assessment of any injuries or issues, as well as functional movement patterns. From there we can individually tailored a program to allow you to reach your goals as quickly as possible.
At East Ivanhoe Physiotherapy, qualified Physiotherapists run our Clinical Pilates sessions which means you can claim through your Private Health Insurance “Extras” to receive a rebate off every session. We offer both small group classes of up to 4 people or buddy sessions, which allow you and a friend/family member to do an individual session in the studio with just the two of you and your physiotherapist.
Why Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates (as distinct to generic Pilates classes) identifies key issue areas then applies carefully selected exercises and strengthening techniques to patients with specific injuries. This ensures improved control whilst optimising movement patterns and reducing the risk of injury, while taking into account that pathologies are generally sensitive to load and direction.
The general fitness benefits of Pilates include:
- Faster recovery from injury
- Improved posture & flexibility
- Increased muscle strength & length
- Firmer & flatter stomach muscles
- Greater resistance to injury
- Overall body toning