Clinical Pilates

What is the difference between ‘Pilates’ and ‘Clinical Pilates’?

Although Pilates can be extremely beneficial for patients with certain injuries it needs to be specific to the individual and not used as a generic tool for everyone. Physiotherapy or Exercise Physiology led Clinical Pilates (as distinct to generic Pilates classes – a ‘one size fits all’ approach) identifies this key issue by applying carefully selected individualised Pilates exercises to each patients or participant. This ensures optimal gains whilst minimising the likelihood of injury aggravation.

What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a fantastic form of physical exercise that focuses on improving posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. It is excellent for people looking to improve their core or limb strength, or increase their sporting performance or who just want to get and stay fit !

But furthermore, Clinical Pilates is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy as a means of treating a variety of injuries, especially those of the neck and back. Recent research advocates the retraining of the deep stabilising muscles for patients with low back pain. Clinical Pilates focuses on the retraining and recruitment of these stabilising muscles (core stability) as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility.

If you are interested in commencing Pilates it is essential to have a review with one of our Physiotas Clinical Pilates Physiotherapists in order to assess your suitability for Clinical Pilates and to design a customised program for you. All of our Clinical Pilates therapists are experienced health professionals with post graduate training in Clinical Pilates.


Your Clinical Pilates assessment with be with one of our experienced Physiotherapists/Exercise Physiologists with post graduate training in Clinical Pilates. The therapist will discuss your reason for starting Clinical Pilates and develop goals with you. The assessment will consist of a discussion regarding any current or previous injuries, general health and current/previous employment/hobbies/physical activity.

The therapist will then assess your posture and core stability and take you into one of our gyms to take you through some Clinical Pilates exercises. Following this, we will develop an individualised program designed to meet your goals. At Physiotas we offer clients the option of undertaking their individualised program in an individual private session or in a group session. Following your Clinical Pilates assessment, you will be directed to the most appropriate option.


Individual sessions can be best for those new to exercise or with significant current injuries/issues. You will work through your individualised Clinical Pilates program under instruction and supervision from our Clinical Pilates therapist. Sessions are 20 or 40 mins in duration and consist of a variety of exercises using specialised equipment, exercise fitballs and mat or floorwork.


Our group Clinical Pilates are designed to meet the needs of a majority of our clients. Groups consist of 3-4 clients (depending on location) and the trained Clinical Pilates therapist. Clients will all have an individualised Clinical Pilates program, and will work through this at their own pace, under instruction and supervision from our Clinical Pilates therapist. Groups are 30-35 mins in duration and are usually a lot of fun. They consist of a variety of exercises mostly using specialised Clinical Pilates equipment.

Call your local Physiostas clinic to enquire or join a Clinical Pilates group!