How can Pilates help me?
Pilates will help you in many different ways. It will strengthen the deep, postural (core) muscles thereby supporting the spine and associated joints so then the arms and legs can move more freely and powerfully. Pilates changes the way you move, correcting poor patterns of movement and replacing them with correct and efficient ones while increasing your awareness of all this. This means that you are able to "self-correct" and help yourself, eventually making these new optimal patterns "automatic". Pilates is also effective in the rehabilitation of not only chronic problems but also acute injuries, sporting or work/leisure-related (any golfers out there?!!)
Is Pilates only for those with bad backs or sporting injuries?
Of course not! Pilates is for everyone; young, old, unfit or elite athlete…and everyone in between!! It can be for rehab, for fitness, for improvement of posture, pelvic floor, muscle tone, symptoms associated with arthritis, diabetes, etc. etc. And the obvious one – Pilates can be for fun! It's a great way to use innovative and interesting exercises to achieve everyone's individual objectives. Ok, so we might be just a touch biased, but trust us…try it and you'll be hooked! Expect to join the physiomoves "family" and bet ya we'll end up growing old together!
What can I expect at my first session?
A thorough assessment and a plan of attack! Together with your Pilates practitioner you will outline your objectives and needs and a framework for the most appropriate Pilates program will be organised. If you are with a Physiotherapist, a more "clinical" assessment will take place, ie. Tests for range of motion, strength, stability, etc. will be done so we can set up more a "rehab" program to address issues of pain, dysfunction, instability,etc
What do I wear to Pilates?
Comfortable exercise clothing and socks please!
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Any relevant medical reports, referral letters or X-rays and scans
How long are the sessions?
All Pilates sessions are 1 hour long. Myotherapy sessions can be anywhere between 30-60 minutes long, depending on your needs.
How many times a week should I do Pilates?
The more the better! We recommend at least twice a week, but even once a week is great. We are always happy to provide you with a short (or long!) home program to play with between your sessions with us.
Do many men do Pilates?
Only the brave!! Kidding! Why is this such a FAQ?? Of course men do Pilates, they often have the same issues and needs as females, whether it be pain, dysfunction or just wanting a brilliant fitness regime.
How is the Pilates at physiomoves different to the classes offered at my gym?
At physiomoves each client is assessed individually and a program is designed to you so it can fulfil your specific needs. Our class sizes have a maximum of 4 participants so you receive detailed instruction and close supervision. In contrast, Pilates classes run in gymnasiums have many participants and everyone performs the same set of exercises. There is usually little capacity to screen gym patrons individually before each class, so there may be particular exercises that pose great risk to some clients and cause harm and injury.
Which stream do I need to go in; physio-led or instructor-led?
This is a decision made after you have completed your series of private Pilates consultations. If you need ongoing assistance from a Physiotherapist for a rehab type program, then we recommend the Physio stream. If however, you are like the majority of our clients, your initial injury / dysfunction will have settled down significantly by the time you finish your privates, then you can enter the instructor stream. Or if you're embarking on Pilates for a fitness blast, then the instructor stream will be perfect for you. At physiomoves, our Physios, Osteos and instructors work closely together and take a team approach, exchanging relevant information about our clients so, rest assured, you will always be in the best hands.
Can I claim for group Pilates sessions?
All sessions at physiomoves conducted by a Physiotherapist and Osteopaths are claimable if you have private health insurance and "extras". We have HICAPS so you can claim "on the spot" for your convenience. Some health funds also cover Pilates with an instructor. Please check with your fund to see if you are eligible for this.
Will I be sore after my session?
This depends on a number of things; your fitness level, the type of workout you have completed and how cruel we feel on the day!! You can expect to feel a little bit of muscle soreness, which is a good thing, indicating your body has been challenged with some effective exercise!
Can I do Pilates if I have an injury?
Yes, you can participate in Pilates but you need to discuss this with your instructor / Physiotherapist. It may be as simple as amending your current program or booking in a private session with a Physiotherapist / Osteopath to further address these issues.
What qualifications do the staff at physiomoves hold?
Glad you asked this one! All the staff at physiomoves have completed intensive Pilates training courses, that are internationally recognised. These courses run over the course of a year and involve extensive instruction and assessment, ensuring you receive only the best in Pilates instruction.
Why isn't Pilates trademarked?
Pilates' popularity led to new instruction standards and the emergence of a fitness equipment industry. Suddenly, the exercises system's name was everywhere.
In 1992, Sean Gallagher, an equipment retailer and owner of Pilates studios, received trademark registrations for Pilates and Pilates Studio. He began to pursue parties using the Pilates name without certification or permission. But when Gallagher challenged Balanced Body, a manufacturer of Pilates equipment since 1976, a judge ruled that Pilates had lost its trademark significance and hadn't done "anything to prevent others from using their name to describe what they taught"
Pilates Vs. Yoga
Pilates and Yoga have become popular additions to many people's exercise regimens. While both use a similar posture and focus on breathing, they are rather different. The goal of Pilates is to increase the core strength of the body: the abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks. Pilates also incorporates extensive work on a mat and machines. Yoga is sometimes considered more of a lifestyle. It not only calls for focused exercise but also attention to diet, breathing, relaxation and meditation. Even though Pilates engages both the body and mind, it does not seek to unify the two as Yoga does. Pilates founder Joseph Pilates practiced yoga and relied on many of its core poses in creating his eponymous technique