Clinical Pilates has been developed over the past decade by physiotherapists. It removes or modifies many of the Pure Pilates exercises to prevent the potentially harmful effect of loaded end of range work. Clinical Pilates emphasises ‘control’ of muscles rather than strength. Clinical Pilates begins with gentle exercise with body weight supported on various pieces of equipment. Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain states, arthritis, as well as people recovering from back injuries and rehabilitation from surgery may find the program very beneficial. As you progress and improve you will find exercises that will challenge even highly conditioned individuals or athletes.
What can clinical pilates do for me?
The aim of Clinical Pilates is to progress from static stability into dynamic control. Clinical Pilates is appropriate for all our valued clients including Private, Work Cover and Department of Veteran Affairs.
Benefits of Clinical Pilates include:
- Increased flexibility
- Better posture and body awareness
- Increased core stability
- Injury prevention
- Improved athletic performance
- Lowered stress levels
- Customized exercises for all levels of clients.
- No impact
- Improved balance, coordination and circulation
- Identifying the cause of injury
- Research based approach
An individual assessment is essential so that we can assess posture and confirm any relevant past medical and health history. A detailed screening is then conducted that will look at general flexibility, core control and any previous injuries that may have an impact during a Pilates session. This is done to ensure that exercises are client specific and focus on your goals. You will also learn some basic principles so that you can practice before your group session.
If required, your physiotherapist can also show you the effect of Clinical Pilates on your ‘core stability’ muscles with the use of real-time ultrasound. We recommend two individual sessions to have a thorough assessment and to ensure exercises are done correctly and safely.
Once you and your physiotherapist are confident with your programme, small group classes consisting of 3 – 5 participants are recommended and last 60 minutes. Clients will be rotated from the ‘Reformer’, ‘Trapeze Table’ and mat-based exercises. If you desire, a Home Exercise component can be given to you to reinforce what you are doing during a session.
Optima Sports Medicine now offers Studio Pilates
Studio Pilates classes at Optima Sports Medicine are instructed by an experienced therapist with a sports science background. These classes are designed to reform, re-balance and revive your whole-body connection and help activate and strengthen the weak and tight muscles all in the one class. Reformer machines are used in our classes which allow you to work against resistance that can be adjusted to suit your individual level of fitness, this means anyone can do Studio Pilates.
Our instructor Jenni is a Remedial Soft Tissue Therapist with 25 years experience. She has had experience with a diverse range of elites, Olympic and children athletes. Pilates enhances performance, prevents injuries reoccurring and helps maintain stability and strength, while athletes are growing in different ways including confidence and maturity. This is all part of performing at there best and achieving there short and long-term goals.
If you are looking at improving your fitness for marathons, triathlon’s, trekking or just general fitness this class is for you. Pregnant women are welcome. Please let reception know if you are pregnant or have any injuries when booking your class.
Benefits of Pilates:
- Hip, neck, shoulder and core stability
- Increases muscle mass
- Rehabilitation post injury/operation
- Improved fitness and flexibility
- Stress relief
We would recommend that you wear something comfortable that you are able to move freely in. Socks are recommended on our reformers for hygiene reasons.
Please bring your own towel and water bottle. Bottles of water can be purchased in clinic. We ask that you wear socks on the reformer for hygiene reasons. Grip socks can be purchased in clinic.
For more information or to book a class please contact us.