Better Health Through Movement
Move with strength, flexibility, vitality and ease by joining us at Embody Movement. An easily adaptable form of exercise taught by our Physiotherapists and qualified Pilates teachers, Pilates can benefit everyone and is a useful activity for injury prevention, reducing pain, rehabilitation, developing muscle strength and correcting poor posture.
WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a form of exercise that is designed to promote movement efficiency.
Based on a foundation of mindful movement developed by Joseph Pilates, also known as “controlology”, Clinical Pilates offers a form of exercise suitable for all ages and abilities, injuries, chronic conditions and general health and well-being. As quoted by Joseph Pilates himself “Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.”
Many Physiotherapists now widely use Pilates as an enjoyable and effective way to prevent and rehabilitate from injury. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, normal breathing control, and developing a strong core or center (toning the abdominals while strengthening the back), as well as improving coordination and balance.
HOW PILATES BENEFITS YOUR BODY
Pilates caters to a wide range of people with varying ability and different conditions. The springs utilised on the equipment support the body, providing a safe and targeted way to exercise.
The exercises and resistance can be modified to allow for a range of difficulty, and can be progressed to facilitate the needs of each person’s body as they improve. Our pilates sessions are designed to provide a way of stepping safely from physiotherapy rehabilitation to general exercise.
Pilates is great for overall strengthening of the body and highly effective when used for specific rehabilitation of injuries and conditions. This form of exercise benefits you by helping to tone and strengthen your body through the use of resistance from springs, bands and small weights, as well as your own body weight.
“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” - Joseph Pilates
WHO CAN DO PILATES?
Just about anyone can learn Pilates! Our classes are a safe form of exercise for people of any age or body type, male or female, as programs are individually tailored to your body and its specific needs.
All exercises can easily be modified, in regards to positioning (no need to get down on the floor!), resistance, or restrictions based on injury. Pilates exercise can help prevent injury, aid recovery from surgery, manage pain or chronic conditions and improve your conditioning for a variety of sports. It’s also great for those who just want to maintain their general health and wellbeing.
Our classes are particularly beneficial for :
people who suffer from osteoporosis or osteoarthritis
women recovering from breast cancer surgery
people with back and knee injuries; and
many other specific conditions.
For the sports minded, this form of exercise is a great way of helping to strengthen and improve general condition and performance as a golfer, cyclist, swimmer, runner or other sports pursuit. It does this through improving your balance in movement, correcting body alignment, trunk stability, movement and muscle firing patterns, strength and flexibility.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REFORMER PILATES AND STUDIO PILATES?
Many studios offer reformer classes that only use the reformer machine. These reformer classes typically take a larger number of clients through a set series of reformer exercises.
However, the reformer is just one of a wide variety of machines available. At Embody Movement, our studio classes use a wide array of equipment, with no more than three clients each doing exercises personalised to them. Our Pilates teachers understand the human body, injury and movement biomechanics. We can work with any injury at any stage of someone’s recovery.
PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
As our classes are run by Physiotherapists, Health Fund rebates may apply. Please check with your Health Fund for more information.
Embody Movement clinical pilates classes utilise our entire pilates studio, including equipment such as the reformer, cadillac, wunda chair, and springboard. The pilates classes are suitable for beginners and remain small, with up to 3-4 clients per class. These classes are individualised, with each client completing exercises specific to their needs. Clinical Pilates are suitable Pilates classes for beginners, or for any level or practice, as each exercise can be modified.
To ensure classes are specific to your needs, we require all clients to undertake an initial assessment prior to attending. Call us on 0401 263 516 to book.
Embody Movement circuit classes are an affordable option people wanting the benefits of the Pilates equipment and supervision of our instructors but do not require modifications. There may be up to six clients per class and we move through a varied circuit of exercises. Circuit classes are suitable Pilates classes for beginners or experienced practitioners.
Seniors Strength and Fitness Classes
A combination of gentle resistance based exercises, postural strength and movements to increase heart rate, these classes are a fun and supportive option for anyone wanting to improve their strength and mobility. Focuses on improving balance and function for seniors.
Please complete the form below to contact us about Pilates classes or to book a time for an initial assessment. Alternatively, book now via our online booking system.
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