Clinical Pilates

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Pilates (Pi-lart-ees) was developed in the 1920’s by legendary physical trainer Joseph Pilates. Initially utilised by dancers and performers, the popularity of Pilates has grown over the last decade to become a popular mainstream mode of exercise.

Pilates involves a series of controlled movements/exercises that engage the body and mind performed on specifically designed pieces of equipment, with a focus on improving flexibility, muscle recruitment and control, stability, strength, and posture. Pilates is excellent for the novice and athlete alike.

Clinical Pilates, a specialised specific form of Pilates run by specially-trained physiotherapists, is available at Waverley Park Physiotherapy Centre. It focuses on improving core stability, posture, balance, control, strength and flexibility through low-impact equipment and floor based exercises. It is often used as a rehabilitation tool for injury management.

The Clinical Pilates approach modifies traditional pilates repertoires according to the latest spinal stability research and evidence and is better suited to address injury/dysfunction. Pathology (i.e injury) is generally both load sensitive and direction sensitive so while the multi-directional approach of traditional pilates may provoke symptoms, the clinical pilates approach uses a directional preference (e.g flexion, extension, or off-centre) via exercise modification which allows optimal muscle activity. Individualised exercises, prescribed after assessment by a physiotherapist, ensures appropriately sequenced, controlled activation of the deep stabilizers of the back and abdominal region (“the core”) reducing chronic back or neck pain and optimizes muscle recruitment. This stabilizes the torso and allows stable movement and constant flow of movement.

Clinical Pilates is also effective when traditional treatments for musculoskeletal injury have not succeeded. Recent research has shown that specific exercise programs designed and supervised by specialists, such as physiotherapists, are the most effective with injury management of problems such as tendonitis, muscle strains and back pain.

Clinical Pilates is used by physiotherapists to:

  • reduce pain, especially back and neck pain
  • improve core stability
  • improve posture
  • improve flexibility
  • improve balance
  • improve strength and tone
  • improve athletic performance
  • help prevent injuries
  • provide rehabilitation after surgery or injury

Download your copy of the Physioworks Pilates flyer here

Clinical Pilates at Waverley Park Physiotherapy Centre

“Relax your mind, relax your body, build core strength”

At Waverley Park Physiotherapy Centre you will initially have a one-on-one assessment with one of our physiotherapy team who may recommend Clinical Pilates as part of your treatment and management program. These sessions maybe an individual or group session.

During Clinical Pilates sessions at Waverley Park Physiotherapy Centre, you will receive careful observation by a qualified physiotherapist. This ensures that you master correct technique and, as you progress, movements that seemed awkward and difficult become easier and more coordinated.

Your program will ultimately progress to a high-level work-out that can be maintained for long term health, fitness and injury prevention.

Clinical Pilates is covered by Workcover, TAC and private health insurance. HICAPS facilities are available. Please speak to our receptionist about billing.

Download your copy of the WPPC Clinical Pilates flyer.pilates-service“Relax your mind, relax your body, build core strength”

WPPC Clinical Pilates Timetable: (as at March 1, 2016)

  • Multiple class times to best fit your busy schedule.
  • Book today – class sizes limited to a maximum of 5 participants.
  • Call reception on 9795 0668 or email
  • $25.00 per session


Session Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:00am–9:45am Amy Shipperd  Amy Shipperd
9:15am–10:00am Amy Shipperd
11.30am–12.15pm James Serong
5:45pm–6:30pm Chris Snell Amy Shipperd Chris Snell Amy Shipperd
6:30pm–7:15pm James Serong