Clinical Pilates

What is Pilates?

The Pilates (Pi-lar-tees) system of exercise was developed by German born, Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920s. His desire was to achieve perfect harmony between mind and body with the end result being a body that was strong, balanced, flexible and healthy.

PILATES is a whole body approach to exercise, aimed at re-educating the movement skills needed to gain flexibility, strength and efficiency when moving. Modern day PILATES takes a more functional, step-by-step approach to the classical exercises created by Joseph Pilates more than 75 years ago.

Scientific research now proves that Pilates is a powerful strengthening and rehabilitative exercise method. As a result, Pilates has seen a resurgence in popularity over recent years and has continued to evolve since Joseph's death. 

How does Clinical Pilates differ from Pilates?

Drawing on the original work of Joseph Pilates, internationally recognised Australian Physiotherapist Craig Phillips developed the ‘Clinical Pilates' programme. Clinical Pilates is a scientific approach to Pilates using load bearing equipment alongside floor exercises. Pilates equipment is used to successfully isolate and re-train specific muscle groups that are otherwise difficult to isolate with standard Pilates exercises.

Clinical Pilates is at the cutting edge of rehabilitation treatments due to its profound success in isolating specific muscle groups, improving muscle strength, tone, movement and aiding spinal stability.

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Why should I do Pilates?

  • Pilates is a body conditioning method that targets the deep postural muscles, building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment.
  • Pilates will give you a body that is more balanced and efficient.
  • Pilates will improve your posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility.
  • Pilates is also a great way to relieve stress and tension. 
  • Pilates allows you to strengthen and condition areas of your body that have been the cause of discomfort or pain. It is also highly recommended by Physiotherapists and Health professionals for those with back problems or those requiring rehabilitation after injury.
  • Pilates plays a key role for athletes in improving performance, preventing injury and injury rehabilitation.
  • Pilates is suitable for first time or regular exercisers regardless of age


What is involved?

  • Pilates sessions can be in private, shared with a friend or in small group classes.
  • Studio sessions utilise a full range of Pilates equipment and mat-based exercises which can be replicated at home.
  • We run mat based introductory classes that go over the basic concepts of pilates and teach you what you need to know before joining a mat class. These classes are 30minutes long and are currently held on a Monday evening at 6.30pm
  • To gain the full benefit of Pilates and to ensure your safety we require you to undergo an initial consultation where we conduct a full body postural assessment. This allows us to ascertain the areas of your body that need strengthening and to plan the required goals for your Pilates programme. This is required before joining an equipment class.
  • We highly recommend that you have at least three private follow up sessions with a physiotherapist to ensure you understand the fundamentals of Pilates. In these sessions our physiotherapists can monitor your postural awareness, efficiency of breathing, and core control.
  • Follow up sessions also allow us to adjust and develop your programme to suit your individual needs, goals and increasing physical fitness.

Teaching Outcomes

  • Correct postural alignment is taught by improving your body awareness and focus and releasing tension from the body.
  • You are taught to breathe more efficiently by breathing 'laterally' into the lower ribcage enabling the abdominal muscles to work more effectively as a 'girdle of strength'.
  • You will learn about relaxation and release, spinal elongation, pelvic control and core stability.
  • By correcting imbalances and learning sound movement patterns the body finds its natural, and correct alignment.
  • Areas of pain become less inflamed as they are correctly supported by surrounding muscles.
"Pilates is as much mental training as it is physical, teaching you to be in control of your body."  

Why choose us?

The Physiotherapists at Physiotherapy + Pilates Evolved have developed an excellent reputation with regard to the effectiveness and quality of their Pilates teaching for the following reasons:

Step-by-step approach

Exercises are broken down to teach good movement patterns and build up the strength and flexibility needed to perform the more advance classical Pilates exercises. We pride ourselves on such a safe and progressive approach.

Continuous assessment

Before starting you will be asked to complete an initial assessment enabling a full postural assessment paying attention to specific injuries, movement problems or imbalances.

Class size

Mat Classes are limited to a maximum of twelve people ensuring support and supervision at all times. Antenatal and postnatal classes are limited to a maximum of eight people per class. Studio equipment classes are limited to three people per class. Private sessions are also available.

Physiotherapy expertise

Learning Pilates from a Physiotherapist gives you the advantage of working with a movement specialist trained to observe human movement in such detailed form as to provide you with constant analysis and feedback to improve your technique.

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