Pilates is a mind-body exercise that develops mindful attention and control of posture, flexibility, strength and breathing. First started by Joseph Pilates, around the 1900’s, it has grown to be a world wide phenomenon. You can now undertake pilates classes in gyms, physiotherapy clinics, osteopathic clinics and many more places. Many people choose pilates for their health, whether they are dealing with persistent pain and working to recovery, to elite athletes.  Clinical Pilates is the use of Pilates exercises prescribed as a treatment.

Pilates reformer class

Clinical Pilates

In Clinical Pilates, exercises are tailored to the individual to provide safe, targeted treatment for individual bodies. With the goal of addressing muscular imbalances and weaknesses in the body, and learning new movement patterns, it helps people to move better and feel better. Exercises can be completed on a mat, in standing, or using a reformer, as well as using other equipment and techniques. In Clinical Pilates, your program and the equipment you will use will be hand-selected to match your level and your body’s unique needs and treatment goals.

What To Expect From Clinical Pilates at Peak MSK Physio

Everyone at Peak MSK Physio first undergoes an initial assessment and examination. This is crucial to ruling out any serious injuries or conditions you might be suffering from and to determine if Pilates is a suitable treatment option for you. We also need to determine your directional bias within the assessment. The exercises and the approach differs to that of the well-known studio pilates classes, like those you might find a local fitness centre, as clinical pilates is more individualised and aimed at improving movement rather than  hyper-focussing on strength as the main goal

In your initial assessment, you will be introduced to the fundamental pilates principles and beginner exercises and equipment, such as the reformer or mat. You will continue to practice these skills at home and when you progress on to your classes.

What is Directional Bias?

Directional bias is essentially the way your body likes to move. Some people find bending forwards more comfortable, while others find being backwards more comfortable and some prefer more twisting and sideways movements. This is how we structure what exercises you should be doing, and what ones you should avoid. What the early research shows, is that if we place more people into exercise positions they feel more comfortable in, they should move better.

Class Format

You have the option of 1 on 1 classes or small group classes consisting of 3-4 people. Group classes will run for 45 minutes per session. They are taken by our Osteopath Callan Gregory. Callan has undertaken extra learning in the field of clinical pilates and works clinically as an Osteopath at the clinic. For more details on class times and sessions, contact us on 9533 5305 or make an inquiry on our website.

Clinical Pilates Timetable

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Small group Pilates timetable, as of May 2023

Book Your Initial Assessment Today!

Clinical pilates is a great form of exercise to help you move better. More and more research is being performed and displaying positive results from the effects of clinical pilates. It is now commonly used in elite sporting environments, the navy defence force and people suffering from chronic pain. Do yourself a favour and book your initial appointment today to get your body back on track! You can call the clinic on 9533 5305 or make an online inquiry on our website and book in today!

Pilates initial assessment with reformer

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Read more about clinical pilates in this blog below, written by our Osteopath Callan, who will take you through the pilates classes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your Pilates studio located?

Our studio is located onsite at our clinic. It is located on the first floor with stair access only. We also have the option to provide pilates in our ground level gym if required, speak to our friendly reception team for more information.

How many times a week should I attend?

In order to get the best results, attending a minimum of 2-3 times per week will allow for the best results. This way, we can monitor whether you are progressing or regressing with your overall functional movement, to ensure you are getting the best treatment.

What should I wear?

Clothes that are comfortable and easy to move around in are best suited to clinical pilates. As exercises are done without shoes on, footwear will not be a concern. For hygiene reasons, we require each person to be wearing socks when undergoing the classes.

What should I bring to classes?

Clothes that are comfortable and easy to move around in are best suited to clinical pilates. As the exercises are done without shoes on, footwear will not be a concern. For hygiene reasons, we require each person to be wearing socks when undergoing the classes. You can bring your own towel if you choose, and do not forget your water bottle to keep hydrated!

Where can I park?

We have 2 dedicated parking spots at the front of the clinic and 3 around the back of the business park. You can view a map of the parking arrangements on our website https://peakmsk.com.au/directions/
If these happen to all be filled there is also parking on Reserve road and Park road.

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