Pilates classes at Park Physiotherapy are run by a fully qualified chartered physiotherapist who have taken post-graduate training with APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute). Classes available are: Beginner to advanced Pilates, ante & post natal, standing Pilates, Pilates for runners and the elite athlete.
For more details please contact us.
There are many different schools of Pilates but the APPI style of Pilates was created by physiotherapists and is supported by medical research. APPI Pilates is low impact exercise which can be varied in difficulty to suit the general population, men and women, up to the elite athlete.
APPI Pilates can benefit people recovering from:
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Ante & post natal care
- Post operative care e.g. spinal surgery or pelvic floor surgery
- Sports injuries
Classes at Park Physiotherapy are designed to promote core stability, endurance, posture, flexibility, co-ordination and strength. Pilates exercises focus on strengthening the stabilising muscles of the neck, shoulders, lower back, pelvis and hips. This then helps to provide a stable platform for the arms and legs to move from.
The Pilates classes include posture re-education, standing exercises to strengthen the legs and improve balance in addition to mat based exercises. We use various pieces of equipment, for example; soft balls, gym balls, rollers and small weights, resistive bands, Pilates circles, balance pads and spiky massage balls which may be used in class to add variety and challenge. Mats are provided. The class aims to gradually progress you towards normal functional movement and reduce pain.
Every-day we tend to overuse one side of our body or some groups of muscles more than others. This creates extra stress on the joints and surrounding soft tissues which increases the risk of pain and injury. Sports or hobbies may also cause us to use one side of our body more than the other and create an imbalance. These muscle imbalances might happen from the way we hold ourselves, or from the effect of old injuries. For example; we might simply put more weight down on one foot when we are standing; or from the way we use our body when at work, especially with repetitive activities. Pilates aims to rebalance the body and more specifically targets the stabilising muscles of the joints which will help to decrease your risk of injury and potentially slows down joint ‘wear and tear’. Pilates is a whole body work out and can be used as a single form of exercise or to complement your other activities by keeping your body balanced and strong.
Maximum class size at Park Physiotherapy is 10 so booking is essential. It is recommended that a 45 minute physiotherapy assessment is done prior to attending the class so that any joint problems or muscle weaknesses, tightness or imbalances are identified. This enables the physiotherapist taking the Pilates class to have a thorough knowledge of any problems so that exercises are adjusted to you. Also available are small group or 1:1 sessions. These can be individually tailored to suit your own needs, for example, sport specific or standing Pilates exercises only.
Pilates classes are run in 6 week blocks. Classes are booked and paid for in advance. For details of charges and methods of payment please contact the clinic. Missed classes cannot be refunded but we allow a two week holiday break per year of your choice where no payment is required, this must be notified in advance.
It is important to realise that a Pilates class alone cannot always clear musculoskeletal pain. For significant pain, where painkillers are needed, it is recommended that a physiotherapy appointment is made to look at any biomechanical issues that could be causing the problem. This could be a strain to part of the spinal complex and compounded by tight and/or weak muscles which are not able to support the spinal structures doing the work that has been asked of it. The physiotherapist will diagnose any significant injury which may need treatment prior to joining the Pilates class or in conjunction with the class as part of the rehabilitation process.
If you are unsure whether Pilates or Physiotherapy is the most appropriate solution to your problem, please contact the practice and one of our practitioners will speak to you.