Pilates is a type of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates. Pilates exercise emphasises the balanced development of muscles in the body to improve core strength, stability and flexibility. Through guided exercises either on a floor mat or on our Pilates Reformer equipment, we will help you to return to your normal mobility as quickly as possible following injury and also help to protect you against further injury.. Pilates based rehabilitation is one of the most effective forms of physical therapy to treat back, hip, knee, shoulder and repetitive stress injuries.

If you are looking to improve your general health and fitness, searching for answers to an injury or illness, enhancing your sporting performance or wanting to tone your body then look no further. At Redfern Phsyiotherapy and Spots Medicine we provide clinical based pilates taught by qualified physiotherapists either one-on-one or in small groups, to ensure individualised and quality instruction.

Because your performance is important to us, we assess your current fitness, take into consideration your previous injuries, the way you move, your strength and weaknesses and integrate these into your tailored program.

The Pilates approach comprises of six key principles, which, combined, build the “powerhouse” or centre of your body and forms a strong foundation for any movement.

The six Pilates principles include:

  • Concentration: Pay attention to the exercise your body is doing to gain maximum benefit from each movement.
  • Control: Every Pilates exercise is done using control with the muscles and thereby control the movement of the body.
  • Centring: All movements in Pilates should begin from the powerhouse, centre of the body, the area between your lower ribs and the top of your pubic bone.
  • Efficiency of movement or flow: Pilates exercise is done slowly and gracefully.
  • Precision: As there is an appropriate placement and alignment relative to other body parts awareness should be sustained throughout each movement.
  • Breathing: As most Pilates exercises stress upon the use of full breath, proper breathing is essential part of Pilates exercise.

Pilates-based rehabilitation is suitable for people of all ages and is an ideal treatment option for individuals with recurrent pain, chronic neck and back pain, some post-surgical conditions and for patients with overall de-conditioning. It can be tailored to suit the office worker, the weekend warrior or the elite athlete.

There are several benefits of Pilates-based rehabilitation which include increase in flexibility, improvement in posture, and core strength, tones and builds muscles without bulk, increase in energy and awareness, relief from back pain, tension and joint stress, recovery from strain or injury, and improved range of motion in the joints.

All pilates sessions with our Physiotherapists are claimable through your Private Health Insurance if you have the appropriate cover.