Achieve dynamic spinal muscle control with simple specifically tailored exercises

Retrain and improve your spinal muscle dynamic function or "core stability" especially in rehabilitation after injury. Individual exercise programs and group session available using a Reformer (spring-loaded machine), fit-ball or floor work. Major muscle groups are exercised in "functional patterns" focusing on muscle control and endurance rather than pure strength.

What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates was developed by physiotherapists, and is based on both Joseph Pilates’ original work in the 1920s and recent research by physiotherapists on the importance of core stability in rehabilitation after injury. It involves a physiotherapist developing an exercise program for your individual needs using floor work, a Reformer (spring-loaded machine), fit-ball, exercises bands or light weights. Major muscle groups are exercised in "functional patterns" focusing on muscle control and endurance rather than pure strength. Clinical Pilates is now used in sports medicine and rehabilitation hospitals throughout Australia for arm, leg and spinal conditions.

Effect of Clinical Pilates

  • Improves your trunk muscles strength and dynamic spinal stabilisation. This is also commonly called "core stability".
  • Improve your co-ordination and performance during sport, work and daily living tasks.
  • Improve your posture and flexibility.
  • Prevent re-injury especially of your spine.
  • Rehabilitation after injury, especially spinal disorders.
  • Improve overall muscle tone with firmer stomach muscles.

Getting started

A physiotherapist will assess you and devise an exercise programme which is safe and optimal for you, taking into consideration your current or past physical or medical problems. You will need 1-2 individual sessions to learn the fundamentals of Pilates before joining a group.

Problems that Clinical Pilates may be able to help you with

  • back pain/ sciatica
  • Headache/ neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Work and accident related injuries
  • Later-stage rehabilitation after fractures including ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and the spine
  • Back pain during and after pregnancy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Later-stage rehabilitation after hip, knee and ankle surgery.

Pilates session times

Individual 30 minute Sessions

Either with a Physiotherapist or a Pilates Instructor.

Location: Clinic
Mon, Wed and Fri: 8.30a.m. - 6p.m.,
Tues and Thurs: 8.30 a.m.-7p.m.,
Sat: 9a.m.-12noon.

7 sessions of Clinical Pilates:

Group of 10 (max) Floor Class – 1 hour class- with Physiotherapist

Location: Brighton Rec Centre, 93 Outer Cres, Brighton
Mon 6.25p.m. (intermediate), 7.30p.m.(beginners)
Wed 6.30p.m.(beginners)
Wed 7.30p.m.(beginners)
Thurs 1 p.m. (beginners) & 2p.m. (advanced)
Saturday 9.30a.m. (beginner)


Location: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 237 North Rd, South Caulfield.
Monday 10 a.m. (beginner)

2x Fitness Pilates

Group of 10 (Maximum) Floor Class - 1 hour class with Pilates Instructor

Location: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 237 North Rd, South Caulfield.
Tuesday 11a.m.
Friday 11a.m.

The cost of Clinical PiIates and Fitness Pilates Group treatment may be rebatable under your private health insurance extras cover as Group Physiotherapy or Group Pilates. Fitness Pilates led by a Pilates Instructor may be rebatable if a Physiotherapist has commenced the course of treatment, and is continuing the overall management of the condition with regular Physiotherapy review appointments in the clinic. Reviews are recommenced at a maximum of 4-6 months.