Clinical Pilates

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What is Clinical Pilates?
And What Can It Do For me?

As a graduate Sports Therapist, I qualified with The Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) to teach mat-based pilates. Glen and Elisa Withers, physiotherapists and founders of APPI, modified Joseph Pilates concept so that each movement can be used in the rehabilitation setting reducing the demand on the body.

Classes are small, with a maximum of 12, ensuring individual attention and modification as needed, dependant on movement abilities and conditions.

While I am teaching I like to include information about anatomy and current research sprinkled with a little humour!

Clinical Pilates focuses on your quality of movement patterns, not quantity, alongside postural correction. The method follows the principles of concentration, control, centering, flow and efficiency of movement, which can improve general fitness and well being. The exercises and movements train the body for improvement of the core control including the pelvic floor, ease of spinal movement and flexibility, ease of breath in co-ordination with the organisation of shoulder and limb alignment. A stable core is essential for maintaining correct posture, good control and balance of the body to reduce the risk of injury.

Pilates is suitable for both men and women of all ages and is particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor posture, joint pain, sports injuries, arthritis, stress-related illness and before and after pregnancy.

The NHS and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines now recommend exercise in the management of lower back pain. Sessions should include: aerobic activity, movement instruction, muscle strengthening, postural control and stretching, all of which are included in a clinical pilates class.

Clinical Pilates

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Initial Assessment

Anyone wishing to attend a class for the first time must have an initial assessment.

Together, we will discuss any previous medical history, conditions and/or trauma you may have suffered likely to be aggravated by Pilates. I will carry out an Initial Assessment to assess your posture, strength, balance, flexibility and suitability. I will teach you the 5 Key principals of Clinical Pilates in which you will learn about standing and lying postures, lateral breathing and correct core engagement needed during class.

You will also be taught some basic exercises which will allow me to assess your strength and stability. If you are not injured and are simply using Pilates for general fitness, or have performed Pilates before, I will discuss with you, on an individual basis, which class(s) you are best suited too. I aim to provide a safe, challenging and enjoyable approach to injury management, general fitness and Pilates.

Currently, I run 6 classes a week for clients with beginners classes to more advanced. Classes include Ante-Natal, Post-Natal, Scoliosis, Runners and 1 to 1 session.

Classes are run on a 4-week block, charged at £30 and held at Beacon Hill Methodist Church.

What Are The Benefits Of Practicing Clinical Pilates?


Improved posture and core stability


Prevention of injuries


Aiding rehabilitation


Enhanced breathing control


Improved overall body tone and fitness


Natural pain relief

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