Pilates is a method of exercise using slow controlled movement to retrain optimal movement patterns and restore maximum muscle tone and flexibility. When taught by a physiotherapist with an advanced understanding of injury and rehabilitation requirements, it provides an excellent first step towards the recovery of strength and function. At Physiotec we run a modified form of Pilates which is quite different to what you might have experienced in a large, floor based class. Pilates was originally designed for dancers, and some of these exercises are not relevant or appropriate for the non-dance population. A class where you lie on the ground the whole session may also not translate well into normal everyday upright function. So, with Dr Alison Grimaldi's expertise in muscle function and exercise, and the wealth of knowledge contributed by our Pilates physiotherapists, we have worked to develop an optimally effective programme of functional strengthening and mobility training using pilates and other gym equipment.
A one hour full body assessment is required to gather your past history, identify detrimental postural & movement habits and determine your main areas of weakness or stiffness, and goals of the intervention. Based on the initial assessment an individualised programme is developed for you. This will help us ensure you achieve your best outcomes, and avoid aggravating a current or old injury that your instructor would otherwise be unaware of. An individual exercise plan is then formulated depending on your abilities, needs and personal preferences.
Pilates is an effective treatment for many joint and muscular problems
These are 30 minute 1:1 sessions with the physiotherapist following a personalized programme. These sessions are ideal for clients who are in the early phase of rehabilitation and/or who are unfamiliar with Pilates equipment and technique and may need constant supervision to ensure good technique and control in performing the exercises.
In a studio session your physiotherapist will guide and progress you and up to 2 others through individualised programmes over a 45minute period. This environment is ideal for people who have specific rehabilitative goals, familiarity with the equipment and good movement technique.
These group sessions are suitable for those who have a higher level of physical ability and independence in exercise performance. The physiotherapist will guide up to 8 participants through a circuit of exercise stations over a 45minute period. Each station has a number of levels and variations allowing the physiotherapist to tailor the station to your level and specific goals.
Once you are proficient with your programme and in the use of our exercise equipment, you will have the option of attending our gym to perform your programme independently. This allows you to supplement either your physiotherapist led sessions, or your home programme. In intermittent reviews with your physiotherapist your progress can be monitored and programme progressed.