Pilates focuses on building a strong core (abdominal, deep spinal and pelvic floor), to provide the body with intrinsic support whilst performing tasks be they advanced or simple.
Pilates can also make great gains in general flexibility helping ensure efficient movement patterns. These gains can reduce injury risk and assist in injury recovery; improve function in activity at all levels; and improve overall wellbeing.
At Sydney West Sports Medicine we provide Clinical based Pilates classes instructed by Physiotherapists who are able to use their extensive expertise with a variety of injuries, conditions and different equipment.
Please contact Sydney West Sports Medicine on 9851 5959 to arrange an appointment.
What Is Pilates?
Pilates is widely used to improve core stability.
By incorporating correct breathing, correcting spinal and pelvic alignment and improving the execution of movement, allows each individual to learn how to control movement. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency.
Pilates helps to develop a strong center of the body, also known as the “core” which is achieved by integrating the deep abdominal muscles along with muscles close to the spine.
Specific exercises focus on developing endurance and strength of the core and improve muscle elasticity and joint mobility. This is essential in producing efficient movement and maximal performance for each individual, from the office worker to the elite athlete.
When you are in pain, injury or have a poor posture this can cause the core stabilising muscles to switch off. These muscles don’t switch on by themselves. Pilates helps to consciously turn these muscles back on and to recruit the correct motor patterns necessary for efficient movement. You can still have globally strong core muscles however weak stabilising muscles. This can lead to an imbalance between the deep stabilising muscles and the global muscles which can lead to chronically tight muscles, recurrent injuries, poor posture and a decrease in performance.
Recent scientific research proves that you are less likely to have recurrent back pain if rehabilitation involves strengthening the deep stabilising muscles of the spine.
Pilates looks at the body as a whole and conditions the whole body so that no muscle is over trained or under trained. Pilates focuses on the biomechanics of the body and addresses any areas that may be causing pain, injury, stiffness or weakness. A balance between strength and flexibility, enables better performance reduces the risk of injury to the body.
Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once, and focuses on the technique and execution of the movement which allows the individual to be able to re-train their body to move in a safer, more efficient way. This will aid injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.
Pilates exercises can be tailored to the individual’s needs. Modifications to the exercises allows for a range of difficulty, different degrees of impact and weight bearing.
How Does Pilates Work?
The Pilates method is a mind-body centering technique that emphasises the importance of beginning a movement from a central core of stability. From this central core, the Pilates method works by adjusting the intensity of each exercise through the use of differing lever lengths and resistance. In conjunction with appropriate breathing control, the essence of the mind-body technique that is Pilates is evident.
What Conditions Can Pilates Help?
You do not need to have a specific injury or condition to do Pilates, as there are many health benefits of Pilates as a form of exercise. However, Pilates is especially helpful for the following:
How do I claim?
Initial consultations, individual sessions and casual sessions can be claimed electronically on the day of your session.
Participants who purchase a package will need to claim manually from their health fund at the conclusion of the last session. A statement will be issued at the conclusion, which can be submitted / taken to the health fund.
How do I pay?
Assessment Consultation / Individual Sessions / Casual Class
Payment by cash or card is required at the time of each consultation / class. (Please note we do not accept American Express or Diners at the clinic). Pilates multi-session packages can also be purchased through our online store ( Paypal / VISA / MasterCard and American Express accepted online)
Payment by cash or card is required in full prior to commencement of the first class. (Please note we do not accept American Express or Diners at the clinic.)
What if I miss a session?
We understand that you will not always be able to make your scheduled session, however we ask that you give us 24 hours’ notice by calling 9851 5959 if you cannot make the session.
Failure to attend a consultation / class or give notice as above will incur a charge of the full fee for that consultation / class. (Unless under special circumstances and are at the discretion of the instructor).
Can I come causally, like I do at the gym?
Yes, however in our experience, participants will get the maximum benefit of Pilates when a weekly routine of Pilates is incorporated into your program. We feel that you would get most benefit out of this with purchasing a class package.
What should I wear?
We encourage you to wear active wear or something comfortable for you to move in, however not so loose that we are unable to see your shape as we need to ensure that you are doing the exercises correctly. We require that all participants wear socks, and please bring a sweat towel if you feel you need to.
What should I do at home between my sessions?
You will be given a small home exercise program at your initial consultation, and with future classes that we encourage you to do at home. This ideally should be done daily, and can be revised if necessary in a follow up session. We will give you strategies to practice at home to assist with everyday activities. Our aim is to change your everyday habits, so frequent correction of postural habits throughout the day is the most successful way of achieving a long-term change.
Do I need a referral?
A referral is not required to see us or to claim from your private health insurance. However, we are always happy to receive a referral from your GP or treating health professional with information regarding your condition. You do not need to have a specific injury or condition to do Pilates, as there are many health benefits of Pilates as a form of exercise.
Do I need to bring X-rays or medical notes with me?
If you are participating due to an injury or condition, please bring along any relevant investigations, scans or reports as they will help us understand your situation better.
For any queries or for further information on pilates classes please contact Sydney West Sports Medicine on (02) 9851 5959 or alternatively you can email us.
Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre
Rooty Hill RSL Club Complex
12 North Parade
Rooty Hill NSW 2766
Ph: 02 9851 5959
Fax: 02 9851 5960
Monday to Friday - 7 am to 7 pm
Saturdays - 8 am to 1 pm
Monday to Friday - 8 am - 7 pm
Saturdays - 8 am - 1 pm