One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who at various stages of physical rehabilitation.

Pilates is named after Joseph Pilates, who in the 1920‘s developed a program of exercises recruiting the deep trunk muscles. In recent years research has found that these inner postural muscles are essential for support of the body and its activities. Pilates classes may now include work using balls, elastics, foam mats, wobble boards as well as general mat work, reformer training and use of the trapeze table.

Before starting Clinical Pilates for the first time, you will need to be assessed by one our physiotherapists to develop your goals.  It is in these two assessments that the physiotherapist will get to know exactly what it is that you need to work on in the classes, your history, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. They will tailor make a program for you, and then show you through the safety of the Pilates equipment and how to use it.Your Pilates exercises will be designed specifically for you, as everyone’s body has different needs so exercises that will help one person, may not be right for another.


What is Clinical Pilates?

    • Pilates is special exercises for core stability, posture and control
    • Physiotherapists trained formally in Clinical Pilates use Pilates to solve your specific musculoskeletal problems and goals
    • Exercises are low strength and high repetition for endurance without injury
    • Small classes allow everyone to work at their own level with excellent supervision

How can Clinical Pilates help me?

Health, balance and wellbeing

    • Exercises are gentle and chosen specifically for you
    • Gently tones the muscles naturally
    • Assists with posture, strength and endurance
    • A great way to begin at any level and build up

Pain relief and rehabilitation

    • Clinical Pilates helps rehabilitate deep spinal muscles especially those weakened by injury, surgery or prolonged rest/immobility
    • Helps rehabilitate neck and back injuries, stiffness and disc injuries
    • Helps reduce chronic pain and teach ways of self-management

Sports performance enhancement

    • Improves core stability and biomechanics enabling better agility, leverage, power, precision and sporting ease
    • Rehabilitate many forms of sports injuries including hamstrings, groin, knee, shoulder and back strain.

How are classes run at Physiotherapy Centre Ivanhoe?

    • Classes are run at set times, for 1 hour (see timetable)
    • Maximum of 4 participants per class, all of which have their own tailored program
    • 1:1 and 2:1 buddy classes are available by request
    • Daytime, evening and Saturday classes are available
    • Equipment used includes trapeze bed, reformer machines, theraband tubing, mat work and swiss ball
    • Classes are run by Tamsen Osbourne, Giulia Mascitti, Lauren Sandars and Sarah Cutland.

See our current Pilates timetable here