What is Clinical/ Reformer Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise combining traditional rehabilitation exercises with Pilates inspired movements instructed by a Chartered Physiotherapist. The clinical reformer is probably the most well-known piece of Pilates equipment. It uses different spring resistances to make the exercise vary and challenge the level you are at. It allows a full range of exercise to be performed. The trapeze table is also referred to as the Cadillac. It uses swing bars to guide your movement and provide resistance. Both pieces of equipment can be catered for any fitness level and across the lifespan. Our oldest participant is in their 80s and we have classes dedicated to teens and every age and ability in between!!
Clinical Pilates is highly effective for:
Spinal pain management and prevention
Sports related strength and conditioning
Rehabilitation post surgery or injury
Osteoporosis and osteopenia
Where do I start? How to get started?
At Blackpool Physiotherapy Clinic we recommend a thorough clinical assessment to gain an understanding of your injury and medical history, your goals and current exercise levels. The physiotherapist may perform an assessment which may entail testing your movement, muscle strength and flexibility, balance, sporting specific or functional movement and your posture. Often this initial session includes introduction to the Pilates equipment and may include some mat based Pilates exercise to give you the foundations of what is to follow in a class setting. Progression to our classes will depend on your own needs, confidence and safety. All our classes are well supervised by a Chartered Physiotherapist who have been trained to a high standard in the Pilates method (DMA/STOTT/ APPI etc) and have a strong background in musculoskeletal pain and movement dysfunction.
Our classes are intimate (1 physio to a max of three clients) which ensures appropriate modifications, guidance and personal attention can be given to attendees. which ensures appropriate modifications and personal attention can be given to attendees.