Pilates Mat & Reformer
This powerful method is currently revolutionising the way Physiotherapists prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Clinical Pilates is a system of exercises that integrates the traditional Pilates Method with modern research into musculoskeletal dysfunction.
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What is Clinical Pilates?
Every person’s biomechanics and movement patterning are all slightly different. All sports and work require different skills and muscle activation. When it comes to injury prevention and skill development every persons needs are slightly different. Clinical Pilates is individual or small group Pilates with a physiotherapist.
Mat Classes for up to 8 people are run in the MaxPhysio clinic however our Physiotherapists will also instruct classes in an office or home environment for individuals or groups on request.
Reformer Classes for up to 6 people are run in the MaxPhysio clinic
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How do Clinical Pilates exercises work?
With pilates you train the core muscles around your spine as well improve body awareness, posture and body control. The focus of pilates is solely on you and we will make sure that you are maintaining the best technique possible. Pilates exercises are aimed at the appropriate level for you and your pain and are progressed when possible and tolerated.
At MaxPhysio we offer classes with a maximum of 8 people per class to ensure that each participant receives the necessary hands on treatment required to ensure they are completing each exercise correctly. Our approach ensures that each client receives the maximum benefit from attending the class.
There are different levels of Pilates classes constantly running with a timetable available. Each class will focus on correcting muscle imbalance and improving body awareness. If you have completed Pilates before then you are welcome to commence an intermediate class however for those new to pilates it is neccessary to commence with beginners unless you have had several one to one sessions with our instructors.
The reformer was invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates. It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks on it that keep practitioners from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage.
At the spring end of the reformer, there is an adjustable bar called a footbar. The footbar can be used by the feet or hands as a practitioner moves the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame. They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformers parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and different levels of skill.
The reformer offers all the benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things, in turn, lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful and efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain.
The Pilates powerhouse muscles—the muscles of the core—are paramount for building strength. Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttocks, and firm thighs are all results of this emphasis. Other equipment and Pilates mat exercises do that too, but the reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment.
The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion, which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength. It seems to invite the length you want to create in the body, and it trains the body to sustain that length.
Pushing and pulling with legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight is generally strength building. The exercises provide enough resistance and movement variety to help build strong bones.
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