Clinical exercise sessions vs ‘regular’ Pilates

Written by Laura Anderson, Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor at Lifecare Ashburton

Pilates is a form of exercise that is suitable for just about anyone. It uses a system of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s and is designed to improve strength, posture, flexibility and overall physical fitness.

Pilates is offered in a range of different class settings, which can sometimes make it confusing when trying to choose the right option for you.

Clinical exercise sessions are run by experienced physiotherapists with postgraduate training in the Pilates methodology, which means they have extensive knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and rehabilitation from orthopaedic and sports medicine conditions.

This difference is important as most Pilates instructors don’t have such in-depth knowledge and understanding of the human body.

Some of the advantages of choosing clinical exercise sessions over ‘regular’ Pilates (such as a gym based Pilates classes) are:

Prior to commencing clinical exercise sessions, a thorough assessment is undertaken to understand how your body moves and to develop a personalised Pilates program.

We understand that everybody’s goals are different, so it is important that you have a tailored program that is specific to what you want to achieve.

The beauty of these individualised programs is that they are dynamic – there is the ability to alter them from week to week if any issues arise or if your goals change.

Most Lifecare clinics offer clinical exercise sessions on site within spacious studios which comprise of all the latest Pilates equipment including reformers and trapeze tables.

The classes are run by experienced physiotherapists, which means that you will receive specialised guidance and advice on your technique.

Pilates continues to be a popular exercise option for people of all types due to its versatility.

Pilates can be of great benefit if you are:

It’s easy to see why so many people are drawn to Pilates –it’s just so versatile! If you’re not already doing Pilates, book in today and let us help you start achieving your goals!