My own experience of Pilates began almost eight years ago. After having four children I found myself unable to go for a walk, or do the vacuuming, without feeling unstable in my core. So, being a wise Physiotherapist, I joined a Pilates Group at Physiotas – and loved it!
Not only was I able to do the exercises safely, and feel the positive impact they had on my strength and fitness, I met some great people and had fun while I was exercising. Today I still catch up with some of those people, even though we haven’t been in the same group for several years. My body responded to the Pilates exercises and I became stronger, fitter, confident and more active.
In 2013 I trained as a Clinical Pilates instructor, and since then I have been taking several groups a week at Physiotas.
I have found that Clinical Pilates is appropriate and beneficial for a wide range of people. People of all ages, abilities and stages in life. I’ve had teenage athletes attend classes to improve their core stability, so they can run or swim faster. I’ve taught pre and post childbirth women. I’ve even had people in their 80’s attend, who still want to be able to get out and make the most of life after their hip replacement. On the whole though, most people come to our Pilates classes because it’s a safe, fun, and worthwhile way to exercise.
Here are a few testimonials from some of my current Pilates participants:
“Pilates is a great way to keep active and healthy. It is ideal for people who are getting older and still want to get the most out of life. My experience at Physiotas is very positive. I have fun and laugh with the other people in my class. I am also staying healthy and active as a result. I will keep going for as long as I can. Thank you Physiotas”.
“I really enjoy the strengthening exercises with everything tailored to the individual. Personal attention is great and the classes are fun. I highly recommend Physiotas”.
“I’ve done yoga, boxing and mat Pilates before. The difference between these and Clinical Pilates is that Clinical Pilates is easier, with less effort and leaves me with a feeling of lightness and more tone in my muscles, rather than feeling physically exhausted like after the other forms of exercise. I have loved the changes to my body as a result of Clinical Pilates – I was leaner, more toned and flexible within one to two months of starting. After 18 months I now do Pilates twice a week, and this is all I need to enhance my ability to bushwalk, my overall fitness and everyday activities”.
“I have been attending Pilates for many years now, and have undergone joint replacement surgery during that time. I value the individual attention from a qualified practitioner. I have found that Pilates is great for rehabilitation post surgery, and it improves balance and general strength. My boundaries are pushed in a good way, and I now have a much stronger and more functional body”.
“I love the friendly environment and my new sense of wellbeing. My muscle tone has improved and I am stronger”.
“I love Pilates! It’s a beautiful experience. I can relax while exercising”.
If you are considering Clinical Pilates as a form of exercise, why not come along and give it a try. All you need to do is book in for an assessment with one of our Clinical Pilates Physiotherapists, and then give the group classes a go for a month!
The classes run for 30-40 minutes and are small in number (3-4 people). Each person has their own program that is monitored and progressed as they become stronger, and more capable of exercising.
It doesn’t matter where you are starting from – Clinical Pilates at Physiotas will help you move better & feel better!
About the Author:
Lisel completed her physiotherapy degree at the University of Queensland in 1992. In 1994 she moved to Devonport and started what was then Devonport Physiotherapy (and is now Physiotas). Lisel has 4 children and now works as one of our Pilates instructors at Shearwater. She is passionate about creating a fun, safe and worthwhile Pilates group environment.
In her spare time (of which she has little!) Lisel likes to walk along the beach, take holidays, read, cook, and catch up with friends over a good coffee.