What Is Clinical Pilates

A physical fitness methodology designed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates is common rehabilitation tool used in physiotherapy.  With a strong emphasis on control of movement, breath and its impact on movement, alignment of the spine and extremities through movement, Pilates can be used to rehabilitate patients following injury.

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What To Expect From A Pilates Program

Prior to commencing a Pilates program, an assessment of a patients strength, mobility and ability to control limbs through movement must be made.  Your therapist may then set goals with you that align with what you would like to get from the exercise program.  With this information, a program which is tailored for you can be devised.  Depending on your level of experience, initial 1-on-1 sessions may be required to help coach you through the exercises as the movements are often quite foreign.  Once a level of independence is achieved, patients often progress to small group classes (usually 4-on-1).  These classes help to provide a social environment while undertaking your personal program.  After approximately 8 weeks, a follow-up assessment is required to review your progress and refine your goals if required.

When attending a Pilates class, it is recommended that comfortable loose clothing be worn to enable free movement of your body.  Shoes are not worn when on the equipment, instead socks (often with grip on the bottom) are worn which helps with hygiene and protects the equipment.  Richmond Rehab does sell grip socks through the online store and in the clinic.  It is also recommended that you bring a small towel to help keep the equipment clean if you are prone to sweating.

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  • Comfortable clothing
  • A small exercise towel
  • Clean socks or Grip socks
  • Water bottle
  • An eagerness to get moving!

What Is The Difference Between Clinical Pilates & The Class At My Gym?

We believe involvement in regular exercise is a fantastic way to promote general health and wellbeing.  Group Pilates classes held at a gym are a great way to make new friends and learn the principle of the Pilates method.  Where large group classes differ from clinical Pilates is the lack of assessment for your particular needs, a lack of tailored exercises to suit you, and the inability for the teacher to practically zip around the room supervising everyones technique.  Though the Pilates team at Richmond Rehab have a strong belief of creating independence with their patients, we feel having access to an experienced teacher for feedback and guidance is invaluable.  If you're new to pilates and are considering joining your gyms class, you might want to consider working in parallel with your own clinical Pilates teacher to give you a head start on the principles of Pilates.

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What Pilates Isn't

Musculoskeletal injuries generally have a multitude of factors which play a roll in their presentation.  It is uncommon for us to have a patient come in pain that doesn't have factors such as natural degenerative changes, poor ergonomics in their work environment, muscular imbalances, unique health beliefs/understanding, unique physical goals etc...  Like any physical therapy, Pilates is not the one answer to solve all problems.  If you need a wheel alignment on your car, it is an easy problem to solve.  If your alignment isn't optimal in your legs, we need to take into account your strength, exercise habits, work habits, feet, hips, lower back etc... 

It is through a combination of specific therapeutic exercises, education and constant refinement of our care plans that we strive to make a change.  We always keep in mind that humans are a constant interaction of complex biological process and we should think of ourselves as mechanical machines.




We screen all of our new Pilates patients to allow us the opportunity to identify any issues you may be having, create collaborative goals with you & introduce you to the fundamentals of Pilates.  By devising a good plan early & the experience of our therapists, we have had outstanding success with our patients and hope to add you to the list!

One On One - $98.50

Following an assessment, we typically have patients in a private setting to get you confident with your tailored exercise program.  This is a great opportunity to identify any movement issues we've missed, continue to educate you on the emphasis of each exercise and make any exercise refinements that might be needed.  Depending on your exercise tolerance and body awareness, most patients transition in to a group class in 1-3 private sessions.

Casual Group Class - $50 per class

Our casual group classes are great for patients who travel a lot and have trouble committing to a specific class.  These sessions can be claimed on the spot with your health insurance card.

5 x Group Class - $46.50 per class ($232.50)

A great option for patients who are looking to complete a burst of Pilates to top up whatever exercises you may be doing outside of the clinic.  Please note that these sessions can only be claimed online through your health fund at the completion of each session.

10 x Group Class - $42 per class ($420)

By far the best option for those who are interested in integrating Pilates in to their regular fitness schedule or are likely to be requiring prolonged rehab after an injury.  Please note that these sessions can only be claimed online through your health fund at the completion of each session.