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What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise method for everyone! It caters for beginners through to experienced athletes.

Specifically, Pilates is an exercise approach developed by Physiotherapists based on the work of Joseph Pilates. The focus is to condition the body by improving body awareness, muscle efficiency and core stability.

Pilates, when done under the guidance of a Physiotherapist, improves core and limb strength, focusing on deep stabilising muscles, joint mobility and flexibility.

Pilates can result in a reduction in lower back, neck pain and lower limb injury as a result of improving strength and flexibility in the spine and pelvis. Pilates addresses a wide variety of problems including:

  • Low back and sciatic pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Impaired balance
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Sporting injuries

Benefits of Pilates

Your Physiotherapist will provide tailored exercises to help you achieve your specific health and fitness goals, safely and efficiently.

Pilates is also an effective and active form of treatment for many health issues and can directly help with:

  • Increasing flexibility and agility
  • Improving posture and balance
  • Enhancing mobility, energy and stamina
  • Decreasing pain
  • Rehabilitation from injury
  • Efficient muscle patterns
  • Reducing stress and tension
  • Gradually strengthening the muscles
  • Exercising without pain
  • Improving postural awareness and movement
  • Promoting resistance to injury
  • Assisting with pelvic floor tone
  • Improving breathing

Pilates can be rebated under the physiotherapy consultation scheme of your private health insurance.