What is clinical Pilates?
The Pilates method has evolved greatly since its conception by founder Josef Pilates in the early 20th century. Pilates is now a widely-embraced exercise method by fitness enthusiasts; but what exactly does clinical Pilates mean? Why is it different from other Pilates classes that you attend at the local gym or watched on Youtube? Is Clinical Pilates suitable for you?
Clinical Pilates sessions are generally led by allied health professionals – mainly physiotherapists and exercise physiologists. The focus of Clinical Pilates is to use traditional Pilates methodology and principles and apply it to a rehabilitation setting to reduce pain levels, increase mobility and improve function. These principles centre around alignment, proprioception and correct muscular activation patterns. Whilst general Pilates focuses on these elements as well, Clinical Pilates has a much more concentrated approach to the individual’s injury needs and requirements. Clinical Pilates is about tailoring the sessions so you can get the most out of it.