Clinical Pilates VS. Studio Pilates – What’s the Difference?

When it comes to exercise rehab, ‘Pilates’ is a term that you hear frequently— and for good reason! ‘Pilates’, invented by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, brings attention to the connection of movement to the mind, focusing on control and stability. Originally called ‘Contrology’ and later named ‘Pilates’ after Joseph himself, this method has been a successful program for professional dancers, elite athletes and thousands of people when it comes to injury management.

Nowadays, Pilates is everywhere! From big group classes, to boutique studios, almost everyone is aware of the health benefits to this exercise regime. But is that all Pilates is? An exercise regime? Designed to get your body toned, trim and taught?

This is where Clinical Pilates stands out from the crowd.

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What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a specialised form of Pilates, taught by either Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists (E.P’s). These professionals have a thorough and in-depth understanding human anatomy, injury prevention, rehabilitation and movement patterns.

In a Clinical Pilates session here at Invictus, our therapists will assess your body and any issues you may be experiencing. Injury concerns are discussed, with a specialised program being created that is unique to you and your goals.

If you’re dealing with injury or instability; or if you purely want to understand your body, the way it moves and how to strengthen it in detail, Clinical Pilates is a great option for you. During each session, time is taken to explain what is being done and why, whilst catering the class to your level, ability and requirements.

How is this different to Studio Pilates?

Studio Pilates is a great option for those who are body aware and injury-free. Taught by qualified Pilates instructors, these classes focus on strength and flexibility.

However, the focus in Studio Pilates sessions is not on individual customisation. Exercises are taught in a group setting, by instructors who are trained to understand the exercises, their benefits and cueing techniques instead of a deeper understanding of injury management and modifications required for each individual.

Clinical Pilates at Invictus

Here at Invictus Physiotherapy, we offer a range of Clinical Pilates options. Our therapists are qualified DMA Clinical Pilates Instructors, giving you the added benefit of having both a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor in one (pretty cool) package!

After your initial assessment, our therapists will design your individual program, catered to your goals and rehabilitation process. For the first 4-6 weeks, one-on-one Pilates sessions will be conducted, with exercise prescription included — Remember, you only get out what you put in – so do your homework!

After this period, clients may transition into semi-private classes (4-5 clients per class) which focus on a specific rehab program that benefit all clients in the one session.

From here, the goal is that all clients are cleared to return to Studio Pilates sessions if they desire; now feeling confident, stronger and equipped to handle themselves safely in a group environment.

It is important to note that without tailor-made care, which is specific to your body and your injury, your current exercise regime could be doing more harm than good. When dealing with an injury or weakness, the body can favour one side or put excess strain into other areas to compensate. You may be feeling symmetrical and balanced, but it is important to realise that your current exercise plan may in fact cause re-injury.

By identifying any possible issues, we can work on improving specific movement patterns and safely reintroducing others gradually – avoiding further injury and promoting recovery.

Contact us today to schedule your initial assessment and start your road to recovery with the help of Clinical Pilates (and us, of course!)

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