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What is Clinical Pilates?

A Pilates based exercise programme, such as the many Pilates classes available throughout Sheffield, is a lifestyle choice focuses on improving movement, strength, flexibility and control.

As with lots of types of exercise, there can be a huge variation in technique and style of the exercise. When we think about yoga you may hear classes called Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, and Iyenga. All are different in their techniques and approach but they are all types of Yoga. The same is true for Pilates.


Clinical Pilates versus Pilates

A typical Pilates class may not take into account an individual’s injury history, specific physical imbalances or their individual rehabilitation aims. Our Pilates classes incorporate advanced physiotherapy training to each Pilates exercise. Choosing the right exercises for you means that you will quickly see a difference in how your body responds to these sessions; removing bad habits, reducing pain and creating a positive change.

Combining this clinical context with advanced knowledge of the musculoskeletal system (physiotherapy) and Pilates training ensures an optimum outcome giving focus to our Pilates sessions, hence Clinical Pilates.

Many people come to Pilates to improve core stability following an injury, for example, lower back pain. The principles of Clinical Pilates mean that there are often many contributing factors to a particular issue. For example, whilst lower back pain may be the main issue someone is hoping to ‘fix’, other associated problems such as hip or knee weakness may also be contributory factors. Each person will have a bespoke individual programme with modified exercises to manage their holistic clinical presentation, all under the watchful eye of our experienced Physiotherapy Clinical Pilates instructor.


Clinical Pilates at The Physios

Developed and designed by physio Kate Mackintosh all our Pilates classes and 1:1 sessions are bespoke. Kate has many ‘strings to her bow’. This makes her ideally qualified to combine your clinical presentation with a targeted and progressive Pilates programme. As an experienced physiotherapist and clinical Pilates instructor, she will equip you with confidence to fully participate and progress. Our classes are small so all exercises can be clinically tailored to your needs. You will also feel you are being challenged. Kate can also adjust your programme within the session enabling you to participate in all aspects of the class.

You will become familiar with the key aspects of clinical Pilates: alignment, breathing and correct muscle activation. As a result you will begin to recognise that they intertwine with all aspects of daily life. You name it and Clinical Pilates will be assisting you in some way or another. To reduce pain, prevent injury and improve your movement.


Sounds great, how do I get involved?

Do get in touch to enquire about our current Pilates programmes or click here to book a bespoke 1:1 session with Kate.


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