Pilates

Why come to Physiotherapy Matters for Pilates? 

Join our friendly and welcoming Pilates classes to help you unwind and relax from the stressors of life, whilst having a full body workout. We have the options of face to face small group classes, bespoke 1:1 sessions, and online classes live streamed via Zoom. All face to face sessions are held in our dedicated Covid safe Pilates studio.

Our Pilates classes and individual sessions are led by Chartered Physiotherapists, using the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) method. This is the gold standard qualification used within physiotherapy practice and the field of rehabilitation.

What is Pilates and how does it work?

The APPI method uses a combination of movement and breathing principles, including segmental spinal stabilisation 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 use 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.

Exercises can be modified to suit ability, and during the class, provided you agree, personal advice on technique can be offered to ensure you are doing the exercises in the best way for you. This can really help you to get the most out of the class.

Class levels

Classes will be available at beginners level and intermediate-advanced level.

How do I know what level is suitable for me? 

Beginners: 

  • If you are new to Pilates and are not familiar with the foundation Pilates principles and breathing methods. The instructor will guide you through learning the basics of core strength and stability, flexibility, and postural control, combined with essential breathing techniques.
  • If you have previously done Pilates but are coming back after a break, it may be beneficial to start again to work on foundation technique and breathing before working towards intermediate to advanced.
  • If you have an injury or back pain, it may help to start at a lower level to ensure a gradual progression towards normal functional movement. Alternatively, 1:1 sessions would be available to ensure a safe progression into group classes.

Intermediate-advanced: 

  • If you have a good understanding of basic Pilates exercises and breathing techniques and are looking to challenge yourself to the next level. The instructor will guide you through exercises and movement patterns that are slightly higher in intensity, duration, and coordination. Most participants in these classes have trained in Beginner Pilates for at least 6 months+, however this may vary according individual abilities and preferences so feel free to speak to the instructor for advice.

Class options

We are currently running individual sessions or small group classes in your Covid secure ‘bubbles’, keeping in line with the current guidelines on exercise classes.

This would be an option of:

1:1 £50 for 45 minutes
1:2 £30 each for 45 minutes
1:3 or 1:4  £20 each for 45 minutes

We are also running online classes, live streamed via Zoom, which is £7 per class following a free taster session! Click here to find out more about our online classes.

We would recommend our block booking discount of 10 for the reduced price of £50 (£5 per class), available on all of our Pilates sessions.

If you would like further information on the classes, or if you’re not sure Pilates is for you, call us on 0333 2200 238 or email info@physiotherapymatters.co.uk to speak to our expert in Pilates! 

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