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The many wonders of Exercise Rehab

Exercise Rehabilitation classes are one of the services we provide at South Melbourne Physio (SMP). Maybe you’ve wondered what this is, maybe you’re wondering if this is for you, maybe you think this is just for pre and post natal women, whatever it is you’re thinking, I’m here to answer your questions!

What equipment is used in your classes?

At SMP, our classes utilise a mixture of spring-based equipment that’s typically used for pilates-based exercises, a smith machine and cable machine for strength work, a mat and an assortment of other weights and small equipment. This gives us a huge variety of ability to tailor classes to your specific purposes.

What is the process to join your classes?

Our process is that you have between 1-3 1:1 sessions with a physiotherapist first, to have a thorough understanding of your history and goals as well as assess the areas to focus on to create your own personalised program to achieve these goals. In these sessions we also teach you how to safely use the equipment and have a base understanding of your foundation exercises.

You do, of course, have the option to continue these sessions either 1:1 and we also have 2:1 sessions if you and a friend/family member would like to enjoy close-knit sessions together.

How many class options do you have per week?

Across our five exercise-rehabilitation clinicians, we instruct over 50 classes per week! We have classes from as early as 7 AM and classes up until 7 20 PM. We run classes from Monday to Saturday.

How many people are in your classes?

We have a maximum ratio of four clients to one clinician.

How long do the classes go for?

40 minutes.

Who would benefit from your classes?

Almost anyone!

Common groups we see are:

-Recovery and strengthening from any injury, prehabilitation for surgery or rehabilitation after surgery

-Preventative health care

-Pre and post natal women looking to support their pregnancy and recover from labour. Our Pilates Manager Emma also runs a Mums and Bubs class each week.

-Office workers looking to work on key postural muscles

-Athletes looking to gain that competitive edge

-Tradies keen to overcome niggles from their day to day workload

-People with Central Nervous System conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis

-People looking to reduce their risk of falls

-People who have bone disorders such as osteopenia or osteoporosis

What should I bring and wear to class?

Wear attire that you can comfortably move in, we encourage the use of grippy socks for classes but having a version of socks on is compulsory. Bring yourself, a drink bottle and if you tend to sweat, you can bring a small towel too.

What if I have more questions?

Please feel free to contact our friendly reception team on 9645 7955 or send an email to

If you are already a client at SMP, speak to your physiotherapist about your best options.


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