Pilates was created by Josef Pilates in the 1920s. Physiotherapists have been adapting the techniques and principles developed by Josef Pilates for use in the clinical setting and rehabilitation. Pilates is a unique form of exercise that uses controlled movements and exercise series to train stabilization and achieve muscle balance. It is particularly effective in the treatment of muscle dysfunction, weakness, chronic pain, optimizing athletic performance, pre/post natal recovery, return to exercise and more. With the correct prescription of exercises and effective teaching, Pilates is a useful tool for physiotherapists in retraining strength without dysfunction after injury.
At Peak Physio, Clinical Pilates is used frequently used to complete a patient’s rehabilitation. This is achieved in the clinical setting during your physiotherapy sessions, and/or through our Pilates classes. All classes at Peak Physio are conducted by qualified Physiotherapists.
Clinical Pilates Classes
Our Pilates classes combine the use of equipment (reformers, foam rollers, swiss balls etc) and floor based exercises. Each Pilates member is individually prescribed an exercise program developed from a Pilates assessment. Classes are limited to 4 clients as the instructing physiotherapist needs to monitor each client closely for technique and exercise progression.
To enter a Pilates class you need to attend a physiotherapy assessment first. You book this as you would a standard physiotherapy session and it should take a half and hour. During this assessment your physiotherapist will get your history and goals. They will then conduct an objective assessment to further investigate any pre-existing injuries, tightness, weakness, muscle imbalance etc. They will also need to look at your current level of “core function” by assessing your ability to activate the correct muscles in the correct sequence, and measuring your current level of strength. This is also an opportunity for them to teach you how to activate correctly if required. Extended sessions are preferred by our Physios to give them the time to appropriately assess you and come up with your program. If you have been seeing your physio clinically, they may just request a half hour to get an assessment done as they are already familiar with your body and condition/complaint.
Current Pilates and Class Timetable
Pre/Post Natal Pilates
We also offer Pilates classes specifically for the Pre and Post Natal population. These are opened on demand and take up to 8 attendees. You will need to book your place in the class, and an assessment will need to be conducted to see if any adaptations are needed for you in the class. If a full class is not running, we can cater to individual needs in our general classes, as they are designed specifically for you and are limited to 4 participants to ensure we can keep a close eye on your program and technique.