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‘It is the mind itself which builds the body’ – Joseph Pilates
All Pilates Classes at Universal Practice in Melbourne are taught by Physiotherapists, and are rebatable with Private Health Insurance.
Pilates is an intelligent mind-body approach to improving posture, control, movement patterns and strength. As our Pilates at Universal Practice is taught by Physiotherapists, our classes are grounded in science, anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, whilst encompassing the art of breath work, flow and advanced repertoire. Contact our Richmond and Fitzroy clinics for more details.
Note: Socks are required in all our Pilates Classes. We have them for purchase in the studio if you forget yours.
During injury and pathology, the body creates alternate movement patterns and compensatory strategies to assist in protecting itself and offloading painful or weak areas.
Pilates addresses these imbalances from a neurological, stability and strength perspective to not only assist in healing and pain management but to enable you to move forward with higher-level activity, sport or recreation.
Pilates addresses stability, control, biomechanics and functional strength to create a change in how your body moves and where your body absorbs load, to reduce the risk of injury and other issues caused by muscle imbalance. By creating small changes in alignment, strength and biomechanics your body’s output is more efficient, optimising performance whilst minimising injury and setbacks.
We recommend Clinical Pilates for athletes with specific or clinical goals, alternatively we have a specialty Reformer Athlete Class for a group based approach.
Pilates inherently feels good on the body and focuses the mind, as you specifically mobilise tight areas and strengthen weaknesses. The goal is to optimise movement and functioning of your body to promote health and wellbeing. Many of our clients choose Pilates at Universal Practice to strengthen the body, maintain health, improve posture, reduce injury and achieve personal goals.
Pregnancy is the most important time in a women’s life to be looking after her mental and physical health.
Although this emotional, physiological and anatomical pathway is natural, there can be common and sometimes unwanted musculoskeletal imbalances related to stability, hormones, changes in body shape and lifestyle.
Physiotherapists are the industry experts in assessing and treating these imbalances. In conjunction to hands on Physiotherapy Treatment we offer Clinical Pilates and Ante and Post Natal Reformer Pilates to assist women in keeping their body healthy through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
We run a variety of Workshops and Pilates Teacher Trainings through-out the year. Visit our Education Tab for more details.
An Initial Pilates Consult with one of our Physiotherapists is required prior to attending our Clinical Pilates Classes and recommended prior to attending the Ante and Post Natal Reformer Classes to establish your needs and goals and identify your clinical presentation and biomechanics. We address the deep core muscles, and any other deep stability exercises specific to your injury and body’s needs. Your physiotherapist will guide you as to whether you require further individual sessions prior to attending the Clinical Pilates Classes.
Lead by one of our Physiotherapists, this one on one class is designed to get you ready for the Clinical Pilates Classes. The class can also be booked in an ongoing nature for a highly specific, accurate and considered approach. The session can include the mat, reformer, ladder barrel, trapeze table and functional exercises.
Lead by one of our Physiotherapists this Individual session is a highly specific, accurate and considered approach. The session can include the mat, reformer, ladder barrel, trapeze table and functional exercises.
Lead by Physiotherapists, Clinical Pilates offers an individualised approach in small groups of up to three. These classes are specific to the client’s clinical presentation and own goals, ideal for rehabilitation programs and clients who prefer a more tailored approach with personalised attention. Classes use a combination of the mat, reformer, trapeze table, wander-chair and ladder barrel.
Lead by Physiotherapists for groups of up to eight, this tailored class has emphasis on pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscle strengthening and stability, and pregnancy related posture to help adjust to changes during pregnancy as well as tone and strengthen these muscles safely after the birth of your baby. Classes are led by experienced Physiotherapists using the Reformers and complemented with mat work for a holistic approach. Perfect for women at any stage of pregnancy and beyond.
Please note: we recommend attending a 30 minute Initial Pilates Assessment with one of our Physiotherapists prior to commencing these classes, so that we can assess and address pelvic floor and the deep abdominal musculature, and flag any muscular imbalances which may be heightened during your pregnancy. At 20 weeks gestation we may recommend you move to our Clinical Pilates Classes.
Lead by Physiotherapists for groups of up to eight, this guided class is taught on Reformers and focuses on deep-layer muscular patterning and whole body functional strength. In a skilful class combining stability, flexibility and awareness, our dynamic Reformer Pilates Class emphasises the complete co-ordination of mind, body and spirit.
Lead by Physiotherapists for groups of up to eight, this guided class is taught on Reformers and focuses on deep-layer muscular patterning specific to running and agility sports. Emphasis is on biomechanical alignment and correct muscular activation. Ideal for increasing awareness and therefore gaining improvements in speed, endurance and technique. Our dynamic Reformer Athlete class is an interconnected approach providing a cross training platform for most land based sports. This class is also ideal for non athletes wishing to improve their strength and biomechanics.