If you are looking to get more from your pilates workout, clinical pilates might be what you are looking for.
Clinical pilates differs in that it is taught by registered physiotherapists with additional training in clinical pilates, who have an in-depth knowledge of injury, pathology, healing and movement patterns.
Essentially it infuses physiotherapy treatment into your workout for a highly individualised program.
In sessions you learn to activate your muscles and strengthen your lower abdominals, as well as oblique, shoulder and deep neck stabilising muscles.
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These stabilising muscles are then gradually challenged using traditional pilates exercises which have been modified to accommodate those with injuries and pathology.
Literature has shown evidence to support the use of clinical pilates in the management of people with injuries, particularly lower back pain.
Pilates with Sarah, located in Cleveland, offers an an air conditioned and purpose-equipped studio with both day and evening clinical pilates classes taught by physiotherapists with additional training through APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute).
An initial assessment will determine your areas of concern and pave the way forward to help you feel how your muscles should be activated and ensure classes cater for your individual needs and abilities.
Beginner classes include handbooks with all exercises and a progressive 10 minute daily homework plan. Health fund rebates may apply.
For more details or to book a class, please see www.pilateswithsarah.com.au.
Benefits of clinical pilates
- Improved posture and core stability
- Increased muscular strength and flexibility
- Prevention of injuries
- Aiding stability for those with hypermobility
- Aiding rehabilitation
- Restoration of normal movement patterns
- Enhanced breathing control
- Increased co-ordination and muscular control
- Firmer and flatter stomach muscles
- Improved overall body tone and fitness
- Improved balance