Clinical Pilates is a method of exercising which focuses on strengthening the deep stabilising muscles in your torso and pelvis - your “core”. These core muscles support your posture and spine. It will tone your body and help you develop long and lean muscles.
Created by Joseph Pilates who was born near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1883. Joseph Pilates served during the First World War, where during the latter part of the War he served as an orderly in a hospital on the Isle of Man where he worked with patients unable to walk. To help support his patients' limbs he attached bed spring to the hospital beds - this lead to the development of his famous piece of equipment (although a slightly adapted version) is still in use in many Pilates Studios today.
Although Clinical Pilates has garnered much recent attention and has become a rising craze in the fitness world it has been developed and practiced since the 1920's when Joseph Pilates opened a body conditioning gym with his wife in New York City.
Clinical Pilates is popular as it can be individualised and customised to fit any injury, condition, fitness level or goals and it focuses on a range of outcomes including;
longer, leaner muscles
encouraging full range and freedom of movement
improving postural problems
increasing core strength, stability and mobility
injury prevention and recovery
improving overall strength and flexibility
Additionally, Clinical Pilates can also be highly effective in reducing pain and improving performance and provides low to no impact of joints.
Because of it's versatile nature and low impact qualities Clinical Pilates benefits people who;
have an injury
have posture related pain
have stiffness/lack of flexibility
are pre and post natal
want to strengthen and tone their whole body
who want to enhance their sporting ability
Most high level athletes use core strengthening programmes to keep them at the top of their game. However, all level of active people as well as less active people can benefit from core strength work.
At In Stride Health Clinic we offer both equipment based and matwork based Clinical Pilates.
How do I start Clinical Pilates?
Your pilates program will commence with a full assessment by one of our pilates trained physiotherapists, who will take a full history and assessment and design a program suitable for your specific needs.
Together you will make a plan about what your goals are and how you can progress to that level. As appropriate you will be progressed into a group suitable to you, and given exercises that you can also do on your own at home.
Our physiotherapists are recognised by private health funds and you may claim your rebate on the spot with our HICAPS machine.
If you're interested in starting Clinical Pilates book an appointment online with a physiotherapist for an initial assessment.