Clinical Pilates

What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on core stability, posture, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. At Northern Beaches Physiotherapy Clinic, our exercise physiologist and physiotherapists are qualified in teaching pilates use biofeedback equipment and matwork to retrain the recruitment of the deep stabilising or ‘core’ muscles.

Strong evidence supports the use of therapeutic exercise in the management of patients with injuries, particularly low back pain. Clinical Pilates (as distinct to generic Pilates classes) addresses this key issue by applying carefully selected exercises to patients with specific injuries. This ensures optimal gains whilst minimizing the likelihood of injury aggravation. If you are interested in commencing Pilates for your injury, it is essential to have a review with a physiotherapist to assess the suitability of a core stability program for you.

Why Should I do Pilates with a Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist?

At Northern Beaches Physiotherapy Clinic, our staff have undergone specialised training with the Pilates Institute of Queensland, ensuring the expertise required to effectively prescribe pilates exercises for all types of people; those suffering with injury and pain, and those who simply would like to begin working on a stronger core. Pilates improves core stability, which significantly aides in the management and prevention of low back pain and neck pain, while keeping a very conscious eye on potential injury and pain.

Pilates at Northern Beaches Physiotherapy also enhances one’s postural control, body awareness and flexibility, all of which will help to reduce the risk of pain or re-injury and strengthen/tone all muscle groups. Pilates is also a great way to exercise before and after pregnancy.

Who Will Pilates Benefit?

  • People with neck or back pain, acute or longstanding.
  • Hip, groin, & shoulder injuries.
  • Patients recovering from surgery.
  • Pre- and post-natal women.
  • Athletes seeking to improve performance.
  • And anybody wanting a stronger and healthier body.
  • All fitness and ability levels welcome!


Do I have to come every week?
No! We run a ‘drop in’ class, which means you pay for a 6 session program, however you can come and go when it suits you!

How much does a pilates program at Northern Beaches Physiotherapy cost?
For a 6 session program, the cost is $90.00. For the first program, the initial assessment/introductory session and 5 pilates classes are included in this price. For ongoing participants we also run an extra optional ‘review’ session every 6 weeks for $15 where we will re-assess all baseline measures to keep track of your progress and realign your Pilates training for your individual goals.

Can I use my Private Health Fund for a rebate?
Yes! Because we offer clinical pilates, most private health funds will cover part or all of the cost (depending on your cover!). You can claim through your health fund after completing the initial 6 session program.

Is clinical pilates safe with an injury?
Absolutely! Clinical pilates is run by physiotherapists who are trained in muscle, joint and bone injuries, and rehabilitation. They therefore have the expertise to prescribe therapeutic exercises which will assist in faster recovery.

What do I wear and bring?
Pilates is best performed wearing lose fitting clothing that is comfortable to move in. It is also advised to complete barefoot. Please bring a mat along as we have a limited number of mats for use.  

Where and when do you run pilates?
We run our sessions in our physiotherapy clinic at the Bushland Beach Medical Practice (367 Mt Low Parkway). We offer classes on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5.30-6.30pm.

Do I need to book?
It is advised to complete an initial assessment with the physiotherapist prior to participating in the pilates class, so we have a complete understanding of your ability and needs. We run initial assessments fortnightly and would appreciate booking ahead for this session. After the initial assessment, there is no need to book for future sessions. For more information please contact our friendly team on 4751 8835.


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