The difference with Pilates at Adelaide West Physio and Pilates is that our groups are small and are fully supervised by a physiotherapist for your safety and effectiveness.
We will make sure that your Pilates programme is just right for you.
Our Pilates is a blend of equipment-based and mat exercises, and it is tailored to each individual’s needs.
Pilates is used in rehabilitation from injury and prevention of spinal and other problems. It can be used improve strength, postural awareness, flexibility and core control in those who are looking for a safe, novel and challenging exercise with the supervision of a physiotherapist. Pilates can be used as part of a graded exercise programme for any body part.
The advantage of the equipment format of Pilates is that it can be easily graded to increase the challenge or strength of an exercise but in a safe environment.
Why Pilates? – read more here.
How do I get started?
The first step is an initial assessment with the physiotherapist. This helps to identify what should be included in your programme and also to identify any precautions or safety issues. As part of preparation for your Pilates programme, we look at your abilities with your deep stabilising muscles or ‘core’ muscles, and also your trunk muscles as a group. As the ‘core’ muscles are deep muscle layers, it is often hard to know if you are contracting them effectively and accurately. To help with this, Real Time Ultrasound Imaging allows you and the physiotherapist to watch as you contract and relax these muscles. The next step is individual Pilates sessions with your physiotherapist to put together your routine of exercises, and to learn how to use the equipment. The number of individual sessions needed will vary depending on your ability level and experience, but usually between 3 and 6 sessions.
Once you have completed the individual sessions, you are then ready to join the Pilates groups, which are scheduled at a variety of times throughout the week, including evenings and Saturdays. Click here for a timetable of when the groups are held. The groups are held with a maximum of 6 people, and supervised closely by a physiotherapist at all times to help make sure that you continue to perform the exercises accurately.