At Balmain Sports Medicine we provide 'clinical-based pilates' taught by qualified physiotherapists in small groups, to ensure individualised and quality instruction, using specialised equipment (Reformer, Cadillac / Trapeze, Wunda Chair and a Real Time Ultrasound). A thorough assessment is undertaken prior to commencing Pilates using the Real Time Ultrasound, to ensure your abdominals and pelvic floor are recruited during exercises. A specific program can then be developed to meet your bodies needs.
All pilates sessions with our Physiotherapists are claimable through your Private Health Insurance if you have appropriate Physiotherapy cover.
Private (1 Physio : 1 Client)
Are a great way for beginners to be introduced to the techniques involved in Pilates, ensuring you learn and understand the correct principles involved. The Ultra Sound machine is used to ensure recruitment of abdominals and pelvic floor is understood before you move on to, semi-private and / or mat classes. Each session is 60 minutes in duration.
Semi-Private (1 Physio : Max 4 Clients)
With a maximum of 4 clients to ensure you continue to receive individual attention, these sessions are for those with a good pilates skill level. Equipment used: Reformer, Cadillac / Trapeze, Wunda Chair and small apparatus. Your instructor will modify your programs regularly to provide challenging and interesting sessions that are tailored to maximise your results.
Pre And Post-Natal Pilates
During pregnancy, part of the body's preparation for childbirth is to ensure the body's ligaments become more relaxed, via the release of relaxin, a hormone. This unfortunately causes the joints of the body, and in particular, the lumbar spine and pelvis, to become a little more unstable, which causes pain and discomfort.Pregnancy related conditions can include low back pain, upper back pain, pelvic pain (SIJ or pubic symphysis pain) or diastasis recti (abdominal separation).
Pilates minimises the effects of these conditions by:
- activating specific deep stabilising muscles and the pelvic floor to achieve optimal joint stability and prevent urinary incontinency post-partum
- specific postural and task specific re-training ie, lifting and holding baby
- increasing your upper body strength in preparation for your increased postural demands and functional activities post-partum
What Can Pilates Help?
- posture-related conditions
- rehabilitation of peripheral or spinal conditions
- post-surgical rehabilitation
- transition from 'hands-on' treatment to return to work / sport
- seniors exercise
- balance and fall prevention
- pregnancy (pre and post - natal)
- workers compensation rehabilitation
Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasises the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness, in order to support efficient, graceful movement. Joseph invented several pieces of Pilates equipment (including the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Barrel) which he used while training his students. Joseph migrated to America where, along with his wife Clara, he opened a studio in New York in the same building as the school of American Ballet. It was this proximity which made Pilates such an intrinsic part of many dancers training and the equipment he had invented allowed dancers an alternative to land based training. Over the years the Pilates method has been developed further and is used widely with extensive benefits for injury rehabilitation and fitness of athletes, dancers, general public, pregnancy and the elderly.
Core Stability - What Is It And How Is It Useful?
Pilates is widely recognised for its profound effect on improving your bodies strength, endurance and stability, by using a variety of specific exercises to progressively train your 'inner core' (smaller stabilising muscles) and 'outer core' (large, global muscles), necessary for pain-free, efficient movement and maximal performance for all, from the office worker to the elite athlete.
Did you know that pain, injury or poor posture can cause the core stabilising muscles to switch off? These muscles do not switch on again by themselves - we must consciously turn them back on again. The latest scientific evidence reveals you are less likely to have an injury recurrence if the rehabilitation involves exercises that activate and strengthen the bodies stabilising muscles.
Pilates focuses on correcting muscle imbalances and improving faulty movement patterns. This is achieved through a series of precise exercises, often utilising specialist equipment (reformers, cadillac / trapeze, wunda chair, barrels etc). You could have strong global muscles and still have weak stabilising muscles. This imbalance can lead to chronically tight muscles, recurrence of injuries, poor postures and decreased peak performance. Pilates can address an underlying cause of pain, recurring injury or weakness by looking at the biomechanics of the body as a whole, rather than looking only locally at the joint involved.
Pilates Improves Muscle Strength, Flexibility and Toning
Spring loaded machines and specifically designed equipment supports your bodyweight and allows the body to relax. Specific exercises are then taught to provide either resistance (i.e. muscle strength), or assist you into a greater muscle / fascial stretch (i.e. muscle mobility and flexibility).
Pilates has also gained wide popularity amongst celebrities and models in their quest to keep on ìlooking fantasticî. The secret lies in the whole body toning and conditioning that Pilates offers!