The term ‘Clinical Pilates’ refers to the use of Pilates by a qualified health practitioner, such as a physiotherapist or osteopath, to treat a specific condition.

Clinical Pilates is a low impact, dynamic method of exercise with a strong focus on control, ‘core stability’ and breathing. Pilates was developed in the 1920s in Germany by Joseph Pilates. Dancers and athletes have long been using Pilates for injury prevention, rehabilitation and training. Pilates is now being used by the wider population for its health benefits.

Physiotherapy and Pilates combined allow us to achieve excellent outcomes in the treatment and rehabilitation of back and neck pain and other injuries.

The specialised equipment used in Clinical Pilates uses spring resistance and pulleys that make muscle stabilisation either easier or harder; emphasis is made on correcting specific areas of dysfunction. Safe and efficient movement minimises stress on injured areas, promoting healing and preventing injury.

8 guiding principles for Pilates
  1. Breathing
  2. Concentration
  3. Control
  4. Flowing Movement
  5. Isolation
  6. Centring
  7. Precision
  8. Routine
Benefits of Clinical Pilates
  1. Gentle, stress-free exercise
  2. Muscle toning and strengthening
  3. Endurance training
  4. Posture and body awareness
  5. Pain reduction with improved flexibility
  6. Core strength
  7. Breathing efficiency
  8. Prevention of injury
Conditions that benefit from Pilates include:
  1. Back & neck problems, acute or chronic
  2. Postural issues
  3. Osteoarthritis/osteoporosis
  4. Post-op spinal/abdominal
  5. Antenatal and postnatal
  6. Knee and shoulder rehabilitation
  7. Injury prevention and management
  8. General health and well being
Pilates – How does it work at Bodyfit Physio?
  1. Your physiotherapist will complete a thorough assessment to determine your goals and your body’s strengths and weaknesses.
  2. You will receive functional training on the muscles that stabilise the spine and shoulders before being introduced to the Pilates equipment.
  3. Your physiotherapist will then develop a program, tailored to your individual needs.
  4. Most people require at least 2-3 private sessions before joining our small group classes. Private sessions are 30 minutes long.
  5. Small group classes are 45 minutes long with a maximum of 4 participants.