What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is functional, targeted, individualised rehabilitation with a focus on movement control. When taught by a Physiotherapist, it can also be termed physio led Pilates.

Regular or fitness style Pilates is fantastic if you are injury free and all the class attendees are able to work at the same ability levels. However, when you are living with a condition or are recovering from an injury, then an instructor who has spent time understanding your medical history and existing conditions can ensure the tailored pilates exercises are unique to your circumstances and you can get the most out of the class.

Who is Clinical Pilates appropriate for?

Due to the tailored nature of Clinical Pilates, it can be appropriate for all. Pilates for women, Pilates for men, Pilates for all!

Clinical Pilates is also great for injury prevention as well as for injury recovery and rehabilitation. If you have had to receive sports physiotherapy for an injury then your Physiotherapist may utilise the benefits of Pilates as a complimentary exercise to your rehab programme. Exercises can be modified to suit you and can be great to promote strength and mobility, while avoiding stress on joints and reduce the risk of recurrent injuries.

Can Clinical Pilates be done privately or in a group?

Clinical Pilates is all about the individual and therefore we would recommend that you had an initial individual assessment prior to joining a class. You may choose to attend local Pilates classes but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of joining others in group exercise. Due to COVID, many classes have moved online however classes are starting to return to Pilates Studio’s. At tops:health, we run private sessions, group Reformer classes of 4 people and online matwork classes. We aim to get to know you as individuals so that we can give you plenty of attention as well as receive the health, social and motivational benefits of group exercise.

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What is the benefits of doing Pilates?

Regular Pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes, including dancers, pilates can complement training by developing whole-body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury. Pilates really can benefit all.


What is pilates?

Pilates is a type of physical fitness developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates aims to help increase strength and mobility whilst emphasizing control, breathing, balance, flow, and coordination of functional movement.

What are pilates classes?

Pilates classes are group sessions which are either mat based or equipment based. At tops:health we offer group matwork classes and group reformer classes. All classes aim to enhance performance, flexibility and strength, whilst reducing muscle tension and imbalance.

Is pilates good for weight loss?

Pilates is a great form of general exercise to assist movement, strength and mobility however it will not have a significant impact on weight loss. Weight loss is multifactorial and whilst exercise should be a component of this, factors such as nutrition, sleep and mental health play a large role as well.

What is pilates good for?

Pilates exercises can be modified to accommodate individual physical needs and abilities and therefore is appropriate for all. Pilates is especially beneficial for those with spinal pain, ante and postnatal or when recovering from an injury.

What is reformer pilates?

Reformer Pilates is a type of Pilates performed on a machine called the Reformer. The Reformer consists of a flat platform, instead of a mat, that moves on wheels, with springs and straps used to provide resistance. The resistance, or support, provided by the springs and straps allows for a wide range of movements and resistance levels. Reformer Pilates can be used as part of rehabilitation, as well as for overall fitness and wellbeing.

What’s the difference between yoga and pilates?

Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice originating from India that includes physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation. It focuses on developing a union between the body and mind, and emphasizes mindfulness.

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. It emphasizes control and flow in movements, with a focus on strengthening the core muscles and improving posture. Pilates exercises are typically performed on a mat or using special equipment, such as the Reformer, Cadillac, or Chair.

In terms of the physical practice, yoga is typically slower-paced, with a focus on holding poses for several breaths, while Pilates has an emphasis on flowing movements and repetitive sequences.

Both yoga and Pilates can provide physical and mental benefits, and the choice between the two will depend on individual goals and preferences.

What to wear to pilates?

When attending a Pilates class, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and easily. Avoid wearing too loose or baggy clothing that may get in the way of your movements.

Stretchy leggings and form-fitting vests and t-shirts are good options. Footwear is not worn in Pilates classes, as many exercises are performed either barefoot or wearing grippy socks.

The most important thing is to wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably and freely, and that does not interfere with your Pilates practice.

What training do pilates instructors have?

Pilates instructors receive specialized training in the Pilates method through a recognized Pilates training organization. The length and content of these programs can vary, but they generally include both theoretical and practical components. At tops:health we have instructors who have undertaken training with STOTT, APPI, Polestar and BASI. Pilates instructors are trained in anatomy, injury prevention, and the various exercises and techniques used in Pilates. In addition to completing a training course, many instructors also continue their education and professional development by attending workshops, conferences, and continuing education courses.

Does pilates burn calories and burn fat?

Pilates can be useful in assisting to burn calories and fat. However, the number of calories burned during a Pilates session will depend on factors such as the intensity of the workout, the duration of the session, and the individual’s body weight and metabolism. Pilates can raise your heart rate and increase circulation, which will boost metabolism and promote weight loss.

As mentioned previously, weight loss is multifactorial and includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep. Pilates can be a component in a comprehensive approach to weight management, but it should be combined with a balanced diet and other forms of physical activity for best results.

Is pilates strength training?

Pilates can be considered a form of strength training either using body weight or resistance. Pilates can also improve posture and help to correct imbalances in the body. Pilates can be viewed as a complement to other forms of strength training, and can help to build a strong, flexible, and balanced body. The intensity and effectiveness of Pilates as a strength training method will depend on the specific exercises being performed and the individual’s level of effort and intensity.

Who invented pilates?

Pilates is a type of physical fitness developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Joseph suffered from illnesses as a child, including asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and he turned to physical exercise to improve his health. He later moved to England, where he worked as a circus performer and boxer, and eventually opened a fitness studio, where he began to develop his method.

In the 1920s, Joseph immigrated to the US, where he opened a fitness studio in New York. Over the years, he continued to refine and develop his method, which he called Contrology. Today, Pilates is widely recognized as an effective form of exercise for improving physical fitness, preventing injury, and enhancing overall health and wellness. The Pilates method has evolved and expanded over the years, and is now taught with a variety of different styles and approaches.

Does pilates build muscle?

Pilates can help to build muscle by targeting specific muscle groups, including the core muscles, hips, glutes, legs, and arms. It is important to note though that Pilates is not a traditional hypertrophy workout, and it may not produce the same gains in muscle mass as a weight lifting regimen. However, Pilates can be a valuable complement to other forms of strength training, and can help to build a strong, and balanced body depending on the intensity and frequency of the workout, as well as the individual’s body type and goals.

What is the difference between clinical pilates and regular pilates?

Clinical Pilates and regular Pilates refer to two different approaches to the Pilates method.

Regular Pilates is a form of exercise that is focused on improving overall physical fitness, posture, flexibility, and balance. Regular Pilates classes are usually led by a certified instructor and are designed for a general audience, with exercises that are suitable for people of all fitness levels.

Clinical Pilates is a therapeutic form of Pilates that is used to help people recover from injury or manage chronic pain and other health conditions. Clinical Pilates is typically led by a Physiotherapist or other medical professional, and the exercises are designed to meet the specific needs of the individual.

The main difference between regular Pilates and clinical Pilates is the focus. Regular Pilates is focused on overall health and fitness, while clinical Pilates is focused on addressing specific health conditions and achieving rehab goals.

What injuries can pilates help with?

Pilates can be an effective form of exercise for helping to manage and recover from a variety of injuries, including, back pain, neck pain, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, postural imbalances and sports injuries. Pilates is not a substitute for traditional medical treatment, however Clinical Pilates, led by a physiotherapist or other medical professional, may be particularly helpful as part of the rehab process for individuals with injuries, as the exercises can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual.