Pilates isn’t just group Mat work – there is so much more to it…..
People enquiring about doing Pilates and are new to it normally don’t have a good idea about what it actually is – they’ve heard about it and been told it will help them, but not what to do or how to do it…
Our telephone conversation normally goes like this.
” Hi, I need to start doing Pilates – what do I need to do…?”
‘Hi, we offer a few different services….can I ask what you want to do Pilates for or what are you hoping to get out of it? Are you healthy and pain free and able to move easily, or do you have an issue that you need to address specifically”
“I have back pain ( a disc problem) that I see a chiro and massage therapist for, and they’ve just told me I need to find a good class”
“Well we offer our group classes, which are done in small groups, but they are not specifically going to address any issue you may have and the criteria to go into them is you are painfree and able to move freely.. If you have back pain that is currently needing to be managed, then we also have a our clinical route where you see our physios’s and we can work with you to address your specific issues, so you can go into the group classes with confidence knowing what you should and shouldn’t be doing..”
“No – my back is already being managed by someone, I just wanna do Pilates like they’ve told me to”
“Did they advise what sort of Pilates you should be doing or where to go?
“No , they just said I need to do a Pilates class’
“Our group classes are run by excellent instructors, but if you have a medical issue as you have said stops you from moving well, those classes are not the best way forward for you, and we strongly advise you to consider even seeing our physio’s once so we can best advise you on what you should be doing. You’ll find out what you need to focus on, if you have a muscle imbalance, whether you core is actually working or able to function, whether it’s a biomechanical issue, and the best way forward for you.”
From there or conversations that head that way or thereabouts we have two or maybe three outcomes:
- They are keen to do the right thing, and be guided by our team as to what will be the best way forward and make a booking to see our physio’s.
- They refuse point blank and say NOPE thank you but no thank you, I’m doing classes as that’s what I’ve been told I need to do.
- They say thank you for your info and hang up.
We care about what we do with clients and want the best for you.
The thing we can’t seem to get across to people is that if you have pain and struggle to move and want to get better, taking a shotgun approach to managing it seems ludicrous to me.
You are paying to go to a chiro and massage therapist, or maybe a physio, and they have advised you to go and seek help with doing Pilates – obviously Pilates is not their thing or they would have managed you themselves or recommended a specific studio to you.
SO if you do ring up a rehab studio that DOES Pilates and that is their thing, why not take on board what we have to say?
We do Pilates.
Our instructors cover fitness, out therapist cover the rehab and medical side. The two do meet – we work together and share clients but you need to know your limitations, and also what areas you REALLY need to push on.
We work with people all day, every day
We want the best for you.
We want to help you.
We want to get you the best outcomes possible.
What we don’t want is you going into a group based fitness class with back pain that limits how you can move and function and then complaining that you are worse and Pilates doesn’t work for you.
Group Fitness Classes
If you are fit and healthy and are not after a specific issue being addressed group classes work great. They are a good option financially, but also if you like the small group environment. Choose from Mat (floor) based classes where you use your body weight primarily to resist you.
Reformer classes are all the rage atm, and these use the specialist beds. They allow us to isolate certain areas more, add resistance with springs, but also offer support from the sprngs so you can do more and progress a little quicker than in the mat classes – you should really do reformer BEFORE mat as at work is actually harder!
Most people think its the other way round and want to do mat before they can ‘be good enough’ to use the machines – wrong – the machines help heaps, so they were intended to be done first to get you strong enough to do Mat!
Personalised Instructor Sessions
want a better workout – use our instructors to get a more personalised session – we can tailor it to use the studio equipment and the mat to get you working on the bits you want to, which doesn’t happen as much in the group classes.
Clinical Pilates/ Physio Management
Get a full assessment done, and we utilise the Pilates equipment to either get you moving more quickly in the acute stages where we can use the equipment to stress your joints and tissues without too much load, but also get you moving in a functional way. We see whether your pain and issue is due to muscle imbalance, pain, joint stiffness, restricted movement, poor posture, weakness or inactivity /over activity and work from there.
You may need hands on for joints and muscle release or mobilisation, you may need flexibility or strength work. We do it all and use Pilates exercises and principles to help get you from A to B as quickly and effectively as we can.
In a FULL PILATES STUDIO, its not just mats and reformers… we have trapeze tables, ladder barrels, spine correctors, wunda chairs, and heaps of small equipment ta can help and assist you to move, as well as us as therapists guiding you and making sure you move the best you can PAINFREE. If it’s not painfree you are not doing it right. Yes we can hurt you by pushing you, but you need to be able to MOVE.
So next time you hear about someone wanting to ‘do Pilates’ hopefully you are a little more informed of the different options available and what then mean.
Not sure – feel free to book a discovery call with one of our therapists and see what we can do for you.
Give us a call on 08 9306 8819 (Wanneroo/ HIllarys) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how we can help back pain here