What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise developed by physiotherapists, which has been modified from the traditional version of Pilates to provide a highly individualised and injury/condition specific form of therapeutic exercise.
Clinical Pilates is a powerful tool used to aid in the rehabilitation and prevention of spinal and other musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. All client's receive an individualised Clinical Pilates program by their physiotherapist, guided by their comprehensive understanding of the mechanism and pathology of the musculoskeletal or neurological injury.
All Clinical Pilates sessions involve the use of special spring-loaded Pilates equipment including reformer beds and the trapeze table. Clients are also given floor based exercises which they can continue at home.
Who can benefit from Clinical Pilates?
All ages and abilities can benefit from Clinical Pilates. Clinical Pilates is effective in improving fitness and sporting ability. It assist injury prevention, helps with balance and coordination, and can increase muscle strength, flexibility and tone. Clinical Pilates can be particularly effective in the rehabilitation of:
Lower back pain
Pelvic pain/hip conditions
Pre/post Natal Conditions
ALL CLIENTS ATTENDING CLINICAL PILATES GROUP SESSIONS MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE 1-1 SESSION PRIOR TO ATTENDING A GROUP
TO SECURE A PERMANENT POSITION CLIENTS MUST PURCHASE EITHER A X5 OR X10 SESSION PACKAGE
X5 SESSIONS EXPIRE IN 6 WEEKS
X10 SESSIONS EXPIRE IN 12 WEEKS
CASUALLY PAYING CLIENTS CAN BOOK UP TO TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE
24H CANCELLATION POLICY APPlIES
Frequently asked questions
What is Clinical Pilates vs Pilates?
All forms of Pilates are based on the traditional method designed by Josef Pilates in the 1920s in New York. It was developed on equipment like what is used today, using the principles of breath, concentration, centring, control, precision, and flow. Various forms of Pilates have evolved over the past century to include floor based or equipment-based exercises, as well as clinical and non-clinical forms.
Clinical Pilates is generally considered Pilates provided by a physiotherapist; however, it is actually a specific form of Pilates founded by Craig Phillips of DMA Pilates in Melbourne. Pilates is traditionally instructed in a generic manner i.e. any exercise, in any direction given to a group of participants at the same time – in the absence of injury or chronic condition this is usually ok.
Clinical Pilates considers an individual’s injury, condition, strengths, weakness and preferences for moving in a specific direction, to design a programme specific to their needs and in a group environment, participants perform individualised exercises.
How many people are in a group class?
There is a maximum ratio of four Participants to one Therapist.
How do I book into a class?
Click on the Online Booking link here or at the top of the page.
Why is there a Clinical Pilates group policy?
The Balance Health Clinical Pilates policy states that to secure a regular class time, a class package must be purchased and used in a certain time frame (5 in 6 weeks, 10 in 12 weeks), with a 24-hour cancellation policy. Results from Clinical Pilates classes are most successful when coming at least weekly and to keep costs as low as possible, it’s necessary to facilitate regular attendance via our group policy.
Is Clinical Pilates covered by private health insurance?
Yes and No – In 2019 the health Insurance Commission decided that natural therapies (including Pilates and clinical Pilates) was no longer covered by private health insurance (PHI). Through lobbying by the APA it was agreed that physiotherapists could continue to provide Clinical Pilates services, however it was not to be billed Clinical Pilates or Pilates, rather its ‘Group Physiotherapy’ which can draw inspiration from Pilates but not be solely Pilates and not called Pilates. We have always billed classes as Group Physiotherapy through HICAPS and we also incorporate other types of exercises within classes, so our service hasn’t changed, but patients need to be mindful not to refer to Pilates when claiming their group classes back from the insurers.
To qualify to claim Group Physiotherapy classes, PHI require an initial 1-1 consultation and at least an annual 1-1 appointment billed ongoing either as a code 500 (Initial/Assessment consultation) or a 505 (subsequent consultation).
Can TAC, Worksafe, NDIS, and DVA clients attend Clinical Pilates classes
Yes, all of these organisations recognise Clinical Pilates as a form of physiotherapy. Arrangements for bookings and billing are different to private patients and are organised on a case by case basis through the clinic by the treating physiotherapist.
Can Medicare/EPC clients attend Clinical Pilates classes?
No – Referrals for physiotherapy are for 1-1 appointments, not group exercise classes. Clinical Pilates can be used in these sessions, just not used to pay for group classes.
Is Clinical Pilates suitable during and after pregnancy?
Yes! We love doing Clinical Pilates with our perinatal clients. It is gentle and low impact and because classes involve small groups with each client having a personalised programme – every session can be tailored to suit whatever is going on at the time. A lot changes quickly during pregnancy and knowing when to stop exercising laying flat or when to stop exercises through a single leg is important and safest in the hands of a Women’s Health trained Physiotherapist.