clinical pilates

Get strong the gentle way.

Are you wondering if clinical pilates is for you? 

Whether you are young, old, fit, injured, a first-time exerciser or an elite athlete, physiotherapy supervised exercise on Pilates equipment will benefit you. Pilates is a low impact, dynamic method of exercise. It works by optimizing the way we use our bodies every day and improves movement patterns to help us move efficiently. You will use specialised equipment that uses spring resistance and pulleys to make muscle stabilisation either easier or harder with the emphasis on correcting any specific areas of dysfunction.  

Pilates is a great option for anyone, as the exercises are modified so that they will benefit almost anyone at any stage. They are useful in helping rehabilitation following an acute injury or surgery; in women’s health; for sports rehab; for individuals with chronic pain; longstanding injuries or postural issues; and, for HEALTHY people who want to help prevent future injury or improve their core strength. 

Why is Clinical Pilates different from going to the gym or Studio Pilates?

Clinical Pilates has a strong focus on movement control, core and joint stability and breathing. We use Pilates to help address specific areas of weakness, tightness posture and control. No movement in itself is bad, and movement doesn’t have to be perfect. We work with our clients to build movement patterns that offer more variety, given the potential to reduce load on joint and muscles that result from less than ideal movement which often becomes repetitive. We often commence with a foundational program to learn efficient movement patterns and build the resistance, challenge and complexity as our clients grow their movement skills. 

Gym workouts are great for building strength or working on the cardio system, but may not address strength with flexibility combined or control of movement. There is a risk of muscular imbalances and potential subsequent injuries if the level of exercise is not right for you. Our Clinical Pilates classes are individually tailored to take into account injuries and our client’s needs, unlike Studio Pilates class where the trainer leads the same exercise for everyone in the class.

What to expect with Pilates at Bodyfit Physio

We start with an initial consultation for your physio to complete a thorough assessment to determine your goals and your body’s strengths and weaknesses

2 sessions are usually required to create a pilates program tailored to your individual needs. Running through the exercises with you and getting you familiar with the equipment. Some people like to have additional sessions, or even continue individual Pilates with their physio

Classes are 45mins with a maximum of 4 people in a class, supervised by your physiotherapist who helps and guides you on your journey to care for your body

Classes are also claimable through private health insurance.  Class timetable 

Through regular practice and maintenance, you can expect to remain relatively pain-free and put an end to those annoying aches. So, whether you’re an office worker with sore neck and shoulders, a new mum wanting to strengthen up your tummy or an elite sportsperson, do yourself a favour and come in and see us for an individualised Pilates programme. 

are you ready to improve your health?

Choose your physiotherapist

Daniel Walker (he/him)


Weight lifting/sports injuries & General physio

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Hazel Parekh (she/her)

BPT, MACP (Musc)

Neck & Back pain, Joint problems, Muscle strains/sprains, Sports injuries & General physio

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Hilary McAdam (she/her)

BSc, MPhysioPrac

Paediatrics, Pilates, Running or Sports injuires, General physio.

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Gemma Mollenhauer (she/her)

BPhys (Hons)

Female Athletic Performance & Womens Health, Sports Rehabilitation, Paediatrics and General physio

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frequently asked questions

do I need a referral for physiotherapy?

No referral is needed for Physiotherapy. GPs frequently recommend physiotherapy, but a referral is not needed unless you are receiving funding under a GP management plan, GPMP (or Team Care Arrangement, previously known as an EPC). See the next answer for more details about the GPMP.  

what should I expect in a physiotherapy assessment?

The first question we ask is “What are your aims for physiotherapy?”

We want to work with you in a way that is most helpful for you. Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history, asking you a number of questions about what has been happening for you. They will conduct a thorough assessment of your joints, posture, strength and any specific activities and movements that are relevant to your issue. 

Common management approaches we use:

  • Problem solving around how to best manage your symptoms / issues
  • Sharing exercises that you can do at home so that you can help yourself
  • Hands on treatment to improve your symptoms and mobility
  • Supervised specially tailored exercise with our Pilates equipment to help you build specific strength in a supported environment if you and your physio think this would be helpful for you.

is physiotherapy covered under medicare?

Physiotherapy is only covered under Medicare under a GP management plan, GPMP (or Team Care Arrangement, previously known as an EPC). This is a specific program for people who have a chronic and complex medical condition. It provides a rebate of $57 for up to 5 sessions total per calendar year for allied health services such as Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry and more. Your GP can tell you if you are eligible for the plan. We have limited bulk billing appointments available for concession card holders.

      can I use my private health insurance?

      The majority of our clients are privately funded. Many have private health insurance which can be claimed on the spot with our HICAPS terminal.

          can I access physio under NDIS, workcover, TAC, DVA

          Yes we are able to bill directly for NDIS,  Workcover, TAC, DVA.

              what should I bring with me / wear

              It is helpful for you to bring any relevant letters or reports regarding your issue or investigations you have had done.  

              Ideally wear clothes that allow you to move and allow the body part you would like addressed to be seen. We have shorts available in case you forget. Avoid dresses for low back pain, collars for neck pain and jeans for knee pain.  

              If you have a foot or running issue, please bring your usual shoes.