Pilates is a conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen, spine, hips and shoulders to improve overall stability and posture. It was originally developed in the 1920’s by Joseph Pilates to improve the abilities of the dancers he worked with. Since then, Pilates has become much more mainstream and popular as an exercise regime used by recreational and professional athletes, ante/post natal women and for rehabilitation purposes.
Clinical Pilates uses a number of original and modified Pilates exercises and is given on a prescriptive basis. It is instructed by a qualified physiotherapist after a musculoskeletal or injury assessment. At Physio Effect, we deliver matwork, small equipment and reformer based Clinical Pilates on a 1:1 basis and small group classes as part of your rehabilitation. This may be suggested as the most effective form of treatment for your condition by your physiotherapist on assessment.
Clinical Pilates vs Traditional Pilates
The difference between Clinical Pilates and the traditional Pilates method is that you will have a bespoke programme written for you by a qualified physiotherapist who is also a trained Clinical Pilates instructor.
During your session, you will be given Pilates exercises to do based on your specific needs. This is usually a prehabilitation or rehabilitation programme based on an injury or condition that will be discussed at an initial 30-minute Assessment ahead of you starting your block of classes
What to bring/ what to wear
Where Clinical Pilates is not the most cardio-based class, it can definitely be strenuous and most of our clients feel that wearing activewear is the most comfortable and practical for them. For hygiene purposes, please also wear either normal socks or grippy yoga/Pilates socks.
A bottle of water is recommended as well as a notebook for anyone wishing to make a note of exercises to do at home.
All equipment and mats are supplied there is a changing room/ showering facilities in the EDA gym which houses the Physio Effect Clinic and Studio at Borron Street.
If you would like to continue your practice at home, we have a number of products available to buy.
What to expect from the session
If you have a 1:1 session booked, it’ll be just you and the instructor. If it’s a Clinical Pilates class, there will be a maximum of 5 people, all working on their individual prescribed programmes.
Clinical Pilates sessions are one-hour appointments
When you arrive for your session, please inform your instructor of any important information including changes to your condition/ health, any new goals and how you may have responded to your previous class.
We use a variety of equipment from different sized balls to resistance bands as well as the Pilates Reformer.
The best outcomes for our attendees are when the sessions are attended as regularly as possible, so with a block booking, you get the most consistent service and the greatest chance of rehabilitating your injury.
Find out more about our Pilates Reformer below