WHAT IS CLINICAL PILATES?
Pilates is a series of exercises taken from Joseph Pilates's repertoire which have been adapted by health professions to make them more suitable for patients with neck and back pain, and those rehabilitating from injury. Physiotherapist lead clinical pilates is a safe form of exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing.
Evidence supports the use of the Pilates method in the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. By retraining the deep abdominal and spinal muscles, Pilates can help to improve your postural habits, movement and prevent the recurrence of back pain.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A CLINICAL PILATES SESSION?
Our physiotherapist will assess your posture and look at the way you use your body in certain activities paying particular attention to movements that cause your pain. This, along with our physiotherapy assessment, will help us identify the causes of your symptoms or pain. It is now well understood that pain switches muscles off, these are often deep stabilising muscles that help support the spine or joints. Imbalances in our body can also be caused by repetitively moving in a certain way at work or in sport. Often we are unaware of this happening but can be the reason you get hurt or your pain won't go away!
Education is paramount so we will provide you with a clear explanation as to what is going on. We will then start you on a individualised exercise programme that is designed to correct these faults and retrain or strengthen muscles that may have become weak or do not activate correctly.
You will use our various pieces of Pilates equipment including the Reformer and we will keep a close eye on you ensuring you are performing the exercises properly. You will receive an online exercise programme to continue at home to reinforce the new movement patterns or postural corrections that you have learned.
WHAT PROBLEMS MAY BE HELPED WITH CLINICAL PILATES?
Back pain – often caused by faulty or repetitive postural habit
Repetitive strain injuries
Pre and post surgery
Sports performance enhancement
If you want a safe way to get into exercising
Knee and hip problems
Our collective of expert Women's Health Physiotherapists and pilates instructors are here to keep you healthy and active throughout your pregnancy and post-birth journey by offering a range of specialty pilates classes! Research has shown that regular exercise during pregnancy has many benefits and one of the best forms of exercise for pregnant women is Pilates. Our post-natal pilates programme is designed so new mum’s can return to regular exercise safely while targeting the muscles most affected by pregnancy and birth.
THE HEALTH COLLECTIVE
We love getting people moving. If you want regular movement through Pilates for pain, rehabilitation, or general wellbeing we offer a variety of Pilates classes morning, noon, and night out of our boutique Newmarket clinic. We keep the classes small to make sure everyone is completing the exercises safely and effectively. The classes are suitable for all levels as the instructor will provide variations on the exercises to suit your level.
We have experienced Physiotherapists and Pilates Instructors taking the classes so you can find the right class for you. We ask everyone that joins the classes to have a 45 minute 1-1 session prior to starting. Here you will discuss your goals and what you want to achieve. You will be shown how to find your neutral spine and how to engage your pelvic floors and deep abdominals, along with a few basic moves. You will then start a graduated Pilates exercise program that is individualised to your body and needs.
The Collective Store also has a range of Pilates equiptment for you to continue your exercises at home! We can ship New Zealand wide!