Pilates for Conditioning & Rehabilitation


Pilates (pronounced “puh-LAH-tees”) is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, ‘core stability’, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing. The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany. These days, Pilates is often used in conjunction with Physiotherapy as a means of treating a variety of injuries, and particularly back pain.  Pilates focuses on the retraining and recruitment of deep stabilising muscles (sometimes called ‘core stability’) as well as improving posture, stability, control and flexibility throughout the body.

Pilates for Conditioning:
Pilates is an excellent form of cross-training or conditioning for many sports and dance.  Once biomechanical (structural) and/or technique (functional) issues have been identified by an initial Physiotherapy assessment, Pilates is a great method for assisting to correct these issues, and preventing injury (or injury recurrence).  By improving body awareness, postural control, joint stability (and many other factors), Pilates can also improve performance!  From a stronger foundation, you can achieve faster pace, greater mobility, more power… the “icing on the cake”.  The first group to embrace Pilates (historically) were dancers, as Pilates is the ideal complement to dance (especially ballet) technique.  This has now spread to athletes in all sports.  Vicki has taught Pilates to many professional dancers and elite athletes, including Olympians. When well-practised, the difference Pilates makes can be astounding!


Pilates for Rehabilitation & Pain Management:

Although Pilates can be extremely beneficial for patients with certain injuries or pain problems, it needs to be specifically tailored to each individual. Done in small groups, with a prior individual assessment, specific exercises are chosen and modified for each individual.(This is distinct from a larger ‘generic’ Pilates Matwork or Reformer class where everyone does the same exercise.) This ensures optimal benefits, while minimising the potential risks of aggravating existing pain or injuries by doing exercises incorrectly or those that may be inappropriate for certain conditions or movement ‘dysfunctions’. When led by a Physiotherapist, individually-tailored Pilates programmes are sometimes called Clinical Pilates (or Rehab Pilates), whereas the generic classes are called Fitness Pilates and are more suited to people without significant pain or injuries. Our aim is to help you progress to a level where it would be safe to attend a Fitness Pilates class (if that is your goal), or to practise independently at home.One major benefit of Pilates, as a component of injury rehabilitation, is the opportunity to start early in the recovery period. For example, even if a fractured ankle is immobilised in a cast or boot, you can start Pilates by working on conditioning the rest of your body!


Traditionally, the Pilates Method has been taught with initial exercises on the mat (Matwork) and/or using ‘small’ equipment (eg. Rotator Discs or Magic Circle). Over time, a variety of other ‘small’ Physiotherapy equipment has been incorporated into Pilates (eg. large exercise balls, therabands and foam rollers). This is then followed by instruction on various larger equipment or ‘apparatus’ (eg. Reformer, Trapeze Table / Cadillac, Wunda Chair etc). Vicki is a fully-trained Certified Pilates Instructor and is very experienced in both Pilates Matwork and Apparatus instruction. At the current studios, we offer Matwork and Small Apparatus at this stage. However if you happen to have your own larger Pilates equipment, we are more than happy to instruct you on that in your home!

Vicki will usually incorporate Pilates exercises into a comprehensive exercise programme which may also include Physiotherapy conditioning or rehabilitation exercises, and yoga. However, as always, her management is tailored to clients’ specific needs and goals.

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