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Frequently asked questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive around clinical pilates. If you still have questions feel free to contact us.
- What is the difference between clinical Pilates and Pilates at a fitness facility?
- A clinical pilates program involves individually tailored exercises which are based on a thorough assessment of your mobility, strength and movement patterns. This ensures they are safe, appropriate for your level of fitness and beneficial in helping you meet your performance and rehabilitation goals. As corrections are often quite subtle, close supervision is needed to perform an effective program.
- How many people will be in my class?
- So you get the most out of your clinical pilates program, we make sure there are never more than four people in a class. Individual sessions and smaller groups are also offered, and are a great place to start or as a refresher for more experienced clients. Discuss your needs with any of the physiotherapists at SMPC.
- Will I be good enough to go in to a class?
- Group pilates classes are suitable for all levels. Every client has an individualized program which is safe and targeted to their needs.
- Will I get to use the Pilates equipment?
- Our modern and up-to-date studio is equipped with two reformers, a trapeze table, a wonder chair and dual cable machine. Your program will most likely include exercises on all of the equipment at some stage. Your practitioner will walk you through how to use the equipment.
- What should I wear?
- Come dressed in comfortable workout gear. Pilates is often performed in socks or bare feet. If you would prefer to keep your shoes on, let your practitioner know. Your practitioner may ask you to bring shoes in for standing or balance work if this is indicated.
- Should I feel pain during Pilates?
- Pain is a tricky subject, and can sometimes be present during an exercise. As every client and condition is different, you need to discuss this with your practitioner. It is important if you get any discomfort during an exercise, you tell your supervising practitioner. If you feel sore after a class, feel free to email or call the clinic for advice.
- When should I start clinical pilates?
- If your main goals are rehabilitation orientated, it is best to discuss this with your current medical practitioner or one of the physiotherapists at SMPC. If your goals are health are performance oriented, the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll feel the difference!
- Is clinical pilates similar to Yoga?
- No. Clinical pilates and yoga are different forms of exercise. Although there are many types of yoga, a clinical pilates program is targeted to help you meet injury rehabilitation, health and performance goals. If you’re unsure about these, your practitioner can also help you set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals, making sure you get the most out of your body.