Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates (CP) is an exercise-based treatment that uses spring loaded resistance to:

  • strengthen and tone the entire body,
  • build core,
  • improve balance,
  • aid in recovery and rehabilitation after injury
  • promote overall physical well-being

The (CP) technique involves moving in a smooth and controlled fashion with or against resistance that is created by purpose-built equipment, the Trapeze Table and the Reformer.

CP engages the whole body while doing exercises designed to target specific regions of the body.

CP is suitable for all age groups and levels of ability as exercises can be adapted to suit individual needs.

CP differs from other forms of Pilates offered in gym-based programs in the following ways:

  • You receive an individual assessment by a Clinical Pilates certified Physiotherapist to identify your health needs and goals
  • Based on the findings of the assessment a tailored programmed to meet your needs is designed.
  • The degree of difficulty of your exercise program increases over time at a rate that suits you and allows you to continue to develop and improve your functional ability.
  • All CP sessions are supervised by a Clinical Pilates certified Physiotherapist.

Benefits of Clinical Pilates

  • Improving core stability and control
  • Enhancing posture and body awareness
  • Reducing pain and discomfort
  • Treating and preventing spinal injury
  • Rehabilitation of injuries
  • Improving balance and co-ordination
  • Strength training
  • Overall fitness and well-being
  • Post-natal recovery and fitness
  • Correction of poor body mechanics that leads to injury

Clinical Pilates Program – Overview

Our program has 3 phases:

  • Assessment – Initial Consultation
  • Instruction – One-on-One therapeutic exercise sessions
  • Rehabilitation – Group classes

PHASE 1 – Assessment

Your assessment consultation with one of our Clinical Pilates certified Physiotherapists is designed to identify your strengths, weaknesses, movement patterns and overall health goals. We need to have a clear understanding about why you are choosing to do our Clinical Pilates program and what you hope to achieve.

The assessment process will involve subjective (asking you questions and clarification) and objective (physical exam) aspects.

With the assessment findings we will tailor a program specific to your needs and goals.

PHASE 2 – Instruction

You will receive at least 3 one-on-one Clinical Pilates sessions with your personal Clinical Pilates certified Physiotherapist.

The aim of these sessions is to:

  • Demonstrate your tailored exercises,
  • Familiarise yourself with the Pilates equipment and how to set it up
  • Educate you about the correct techniques to safely perform your tailored exercises.
  • Evaluate (and adjust if needed) your program to ensure it meets your needs to achieve your health goals

PHASE 3 – Rehabilitation

You will transition from Phase 2 to group classes comprised of 4 – 6 participants and supervised by one of our Clinical Pilates certified Physiotherapists.

  • The group is a fun and supportive environment and usually consists of a mix of gender, ages and health problems and goals;
  • Close supervision ensures that you perform your exercises correctly and any problems you may have can be promptly addressed;
  • After approximately 10 sessions we reassess you to ensure you are progressing and working towards your health goals. At this stage your program is updated if necessary.

Research has shown that for effective results to be attained, participants must attend 1 – 2 sessions per week. Your physiotherapist will also provide you with a home exercise program to compliment your machine based Clinical Pilates.1


  1. L Ferreira et al 2011

Tolnai et al 2016