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What is the difference between Clinial Pilates and Normal Pilates?

Updated: Jun 25

Physiotherapy led clinical Pilates is based on your individual needs. At Move Sports Physio we have completed additional intensive Pilates training . We implement hands on cues, verbal cues and small and personalised programs with specialised equipment – the reformer, mat, the Pilates Cadillac, and more – to support you and your body.

We strongly believe that it’s important to keep moving, be it through injury, through pregnancy, through illness, and through whatever life throws at you in general.

How does Clinical Pilates work and what do we focus on? How do we make it individualised to your needs?

Spinal Position:

Based on patient dependant factors:

  • pain

  • range of movement (ROM)

  • strength

  • how movement feels to you

  • functional movement requirements (what your body needs to do)

How does this help?

  • creating individualised and specific treatment approach.

  • more functional, or specific to daily/ exercise demands.

  • approaching health from a biopsychosocial to posture and exercise prescription, which may reduce maladaptive behaviour and fear avoidance patterns (O'Sullivan, 2012).

Core Stability

We aim to find efficient new ways for you to move

  • depending on your pain

  • what you would like to achieve

  • teach new ways to move (instead of bracing )

  • reduce task demands to encourage segmental activation.

How does this help?

Rewiring motor patterns.

  • encouraging brain body changes

  • function and movement specific.

  • may use motor learning principles to educate about pain provocation positions and increase patient confidence.

Motor Control

  • applied in early rehabilitation utilises visual, verbal and tactile cues to elicit desired posture and precise activation.

How does this help?

  • assist with skill acquisition

  • creative application of force and stability, can target balance, dynamic stabilisation or strength focus on isolated segmental movements spine and coordination of limb movements may encourage motor learning (Di Lorenzo, 2011).


Anyone who is looking to introduce movement back into their life. Pilates can also compliment cross training for running, cycling or people who experience and live with:

  • lower back pain, Pilates helps to normalise abhorrent motor patterns and retain motor control (Owsley, 2005).

  • neurological conditions (such as MS) (Di Lorenzo, 2011).

  • balance issues

  • people who experience chronic pain

  • prenatal / postnatal

  • post surgery & Recovery post injury

Physiotherapy Led Pilates is supported by evidence helping people gain strength, confidence in their body, flexibility and reduce pain (Khan & Scott, 2009, Suchomel, Nimphius, Bellon, & Stone, 2018).

What to Expect ?

In our Clinical Pilates classes, we’ll build your strength back up session by session and we’ll take everything at your pace. We will complete a thorough movement assessment, try different cues, equipment and movement strategies to reprogram your mind body connection and help you move in new and efficient ways. We offer 1:1 sessions, small classes 2:1 or group sessions (max 8 patients).

Introduction to Clinical Pilates six week course

We are really excited to offer our new introduction to Pilates course . This is a six week course, where you will be introduced to Pilates, learn about the concepts of movement, slowly build strength and fitness and also learn how to adjust movements to better suit your body. You will also receive an individualised program, education and information packs and also 50min physiotherapy Pilates sessions

Pilates class

Any questions : Get in touch !


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