What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercises designed to attain and maintain optimal fitness. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, it is based on the belief that conscious control and understanding of movement is paramount to forming good habits.
Pilates exercises can be done on the floor with additional equipment (such as resistance bands and balls) or on Pilates machines including the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Multi-chair and Spine Corrector.
Pilates can be beneficial if you are:
- Experiencing neck or back pain
- Wanting to increase flexibility or core strength
- Needing to improve your posture, balance, general health & well-being
- Requiring rehabilitation or personalised exercise programmes
Our Pilates Options
Move for Better Health has a team of qualified and experienced Physiotherapists, who provide a range of Pilates options. These include Equipment Classes, Mat Classes and Reformer Classes.
- Equipment Classes: Ideal for those needing a more personalised approach to exercise. These classes are run using Pilates machines and combine traditional Pilates exercises with more contemporary exercises to help you achieve your goals. The machines used in these classes include Reformers, Trapeze Tables and Multichairs, as well as general matwork, ball, or resistance exercises. To attend our Pilates Equipment Classes, you will first need to attend an initial assessment, for a Physiotherapist to thoroughly assess you and prepare your personalised Equipment program, and then complete some individual exercise sessions to teach you how to use the machines and to do your exercises safely.
- Pilates Mat Classes: Led by Physiotherapy trained Pilates instructors, our Pilates Mat Classes are ideal for those who are wanting to work on their fitness, strength and mobility, but do not have a current injury or musculoskeletal problem. They are a fun way to learn and practice Pilates exercises in a group format.
- Pilates Reformer Classes: Pilates Reformer Classes which are are focused on fitness, strength and mobility. These fun and challenging classes use Pilates Reformers for the entire session. Reformer classes are led by Physiotherapy trained Pilates instructors and are recommended for fitness, rather than rehabilitation.
What to Expect
All of our Pilates classes are run by Physiotherapists, who have undertaken additional training in the Pilates method, so you can expect high quality teaching from someone who understands your body and movement.
Which class to choose
Depending on your individual situation, you may be better suited to one type of class than another. As a guide:
- Equipment classes are best for those who have specific conditions or injuries which they would like to address, whereas our Pilates Mat and Pilates Reformer classes are focused on general strengthening and fitness
- Pilates Mat & Pilates Reformer classes are ideal for those with no significant mobility issues or injuries, who are looking to join a Physiotherapy led Pilates class to improve their fitness, mobility and strength
How to Book
To book with any of our experienced & qualified allied health staff, you can: