What is it?
Pilates is named after its founder, Joseph Pilates who was born in Germany in 1880. As a child he utilised a number of different methods of conditioning including Yoga, Zen and ancient Greek and Roman regimens.
The Pilates regime he developed is very ‘strict’ and focuses on high level stability and mobility. Physiotherapists have taken on board his exercise approach, but tend to adjust the traditional exercises to bring them to an easier level where patients with back pain or injuries can exercise safely. This is widely known as’ Clinical Pilates” rather than ‘Classical Pilates’.
Pilates has two main formats-the first is mat based, where small pieces of equipment (theraband stretch bands, foam rollers, swiss balls) are used to challenge the body to improve its inner core strength and flexibility. The second format uses large equipment-a reformer table or trapeze table and utilizes springs, pulleys and resistance.
What we offer
At Mitchelton Physiotherapy we offer mat based Pilates classes that cater for all levels of expertise. All pilates classes are run by experienced physiotherapists.
Our classes run for 1 hour and there will be a maximum of 8 participants per class. Classes must be paid for in advance at Mitchelton Physio. Bookings are essential. Once you have attended your class a receipt can be issued, which can then be used to claim money back from your Private Health Fund. Please check with your health fund in advance if you are covered for group physiotherapy.
Prerequisite to attending classes
As our classes are run by a physiotherapist and qualify for ‘group physiotherapy’ rebates, it is essential that you have been assessed individually by our physiotherapist prior to your first attendance. If you are a current patient at our practise, and have an understanding of pilates including – core muscle activation, neutral spine and articulated movement please check with the physiotherapist as you are probably ready to attend classes. If you are not a current patient please book a 30 min “Pilates Assessment” with Lou Bennett or Kelly Walsh at Mitchelton Physiotherapy Sport and Rehabilitation Centre prior to your first class.
Location and time of classes
Girl Guide Hall in Teralba Park (Cnr Osborne Road and Pullen Road, Mitchelton).
Monday 6.30 – 7.30 PM
Thursday 9.00 -10.00 AM
What to bring
- A Pilates mat
- A towel to lie on
- Socks if you prefer to have feet covered, barefoot is preferable
- A water bottle