Physiotherapy Led Pilates
November 14, 2023
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise and movement re-education based on the principles of the founder Josef Pilates. Pilates is a low impact form of exercise using Pilates equipment and body weight. It is mostly performed on a Pilates mat and can include exercises that focus on trunk mobility, strengthening of the abdominal and back muscles and motor control or stabilisation.
What is Physiotherapy Led Pilates?
Physiotherapy led Pilates is a complete body workout that aims to improve core stability, flexibility & postural awareness. It is a mind-body form of exercise that places great emphasis on initiating movement from a central core of stability. Physiotherapists are highly trained in assessing posture, movement dysfunctions and muscle imbalances. Physiotherapists knowledge of anatomy and injury enables them to teach you appropriate exercises to assist in rehabilitation.
Our Pilates instructors are APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) trained physiotherapists.
The APPI method uses a combination of movement and breathing principles, including segmental spinal stabilization and pelvic stability, which have been shown to help with lower back pain, reduce the risk of other musculoskeletal injuries and help with postural related problems.
It uses slow, controlled movement patterns to work on the deeper, stabilising muscles in the body, which you may not work in other types of exercise sessions. This helps with muscular endurance and stability. Using the APPI method, normal movement patterns and neuro-muscular timing are addressed in relation to each exercise, helping you to get the most benefit out of performing Pilates.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates is well known for its benefits in reducing lower back pain but, when performed regularly (and correctly!), it has a wealth of other benefits too, including:
- Improved posture, balance, and flexibility
- Improved core strength and stability
- Improved coordination and kinaesthetic awareness
- Increased muscular strength, endurance, and tone
- Reduced risk of injury
- Reduced stress levels
What is different about Physio-led Pilates classes?
- Understanding your medical history from the medical questionnaire and consent form gives more insight in how best to help you get the most from the classes.
- Combining our physio knowledge of the body, injuries and recovery makes each exercise you are asked to do appropriate for you and your body.
- You are safe and being looked after by a physio in the class and can feel reassured you will be doing the best exercises for your body and needs.
- You won’t be asked to do anything that would put you at risk of hurting yourself.
- Small class numbers of 8 or less means you will get more focus attention.
- The Physio can make small adjustments to movements which will aid ease and improvement in your movement patterns.
- Each exercise can be modified specifically to you and the level you are at.
- We all learn differently and as physios we know which cues you need for your body to give it the best response to each exercise.
- You can start a class whilst you are continuing with your treatment or rehab.
- The latest evidence on movement, mechanics, training and rehabilitation will applied to your class and each exercise.
- If you plateau with any exercises or with your movement in general during a class, we can help with identifying the causes and work on the areas.
- Each exercise can be modified to keep you moving, even if you have an injury.
- We will tell you if we think our Pilates classes are not the best thing for you to be doing right now and give you alternative advice and or rehabilitation options.
We have a wide range of Pilates class sizes you can choose from at Physiotherapy Matters.
- Mixed level Physio-led class with 8 or less participants. Your first session will be a free taster session and if you decide that the class is for you and would love to continue you can pay for a block of 5 sessions. Each class will be 50 min. We have availability in our Thursday morning 11 am class and is located within modern facilities at our head office clinic in Regent Centre, Gosforth. To see the full timetable and prices visit our Health and Exercise Classes
- We offer bespoke 1:1 Physio-led Pilates rehabilitation for people who are using exercise therapy as a way of treating a specific injury or health condition. These appointments give you the opportunity to exercise with the expert guidance of a Physiotherapist by your side. Our physiotherapist will tailor the appointment to your specific goals, and she will ensure that you are doing the exercises correctly at all times.
- 1:2/1:3 and 1:4 Pilates session. A small class can be formed with a partner or a small group of friends. The small group class size allows for exercises to be customised to fit the individual needs of each participant.