Agility Physiotherapy and Pilates holds a range of different Pilates classes for customers in and around the Brisbane area.


What is Clinical Pilates?

Our Clinical Pilates is practiced by physiotherapists using traditional Pilates techniques combined with contemporary scientific knowledge and research. Our Pilates classes are suitable for all ages from 8-80 years and all level of activity. This means no matter your fitness level or your age you can enjoy one of our Brisbane Pilates Classes.

We can offer individual assessments in order to create a personal program of specific exercises to correct muscle imbalances, rehabilitate an injury or refine a particular technique or skill and our dance and sports experience means we cater for everyone from the casual customer to elite athletes.

 

How is Pilates applicable to today's exercise?

Joseph Pilates recognised the importance of using the inner core muscles he called these the 'powerhouse' and recognised the importance of continuous light contraction of these muscles during exercise and activity.
 
Today's modern research into back pain and the cause of this is continuing to reinforce his philosophies, as researchers are finding weakness and poor firing patterns in the deep spinal stabilizing musculature. Weakness in transverse abdominals and multifidis are often the cause of back pain when performing manual handling tasks. Poor outcomes after back pain and recurrent episodes of back pain have also been found to be closely related to insufficient rehabilitation and ongoing weakness in the core.
 

What’s the difference between Pilates Matwork and Pilates Studio equipment exercise?

Matwork can offer a great workout and can be utilized for big group classes and home exercise programmes.

 
Studio equipment however offers a wider variety of safe early rehabilitative exercises as it is closed chain exercise (the arms and legs are in contact with equipment). More precision and control is achieved by the client.
 
Equipment can also offer very advanced exercises and is now utilized by many elite sportsmen and women to gain that training edge or to rehabilitate from sports injuries.
 
Pilates can offer well over 250 different exercises between the various pieces of apparatus.
 

The Reformer

The Reformer - Pilates equipment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

   A moving Carriage on rails controlled by spring resistance.
 
 
The Trapeze Table
Trapeze Table - Pilates equipment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Based on a traction table this apparatus offers a wide variety of exercises, beginners to advanced.
 
Back pain and Pilates
 
Acute back pain
It has been shown by researchers that latent firing patterns and weakness in deep stabiliser muscles frequently accompany a serious episode of back pain. It is imperative that rehabilitation of back pain, whether it is work related or from sport or other causes, should include strengthening exercises commenced as soon as possible after the injury.
 
Pilates can offer very gentle strengthening exercises performed in a neutral spine (no flexing or extending), and these can be commenced with physiotherapy supervision even while mild pain is present.
Early stage core control exercise
An early stage core control exercise
Chronic back pain
We assess thoroughly the underlying weaknesses, tight musculature and most probable cause of the ongoing back pain. Retraining of the transverse abdominal and multifidis muscles together with addressing other issues identified will assist greatly in back pain management.
 
Posture and Pilates
Poor posture can be the cause of neck pain, headaches and back pain. Overcoming postural problems frequently requires supervised exercises with feedback about the correct posture, combined with strengthening the weak muscles that should maintain the improved posture.
 
Posture and Pilates

Joint issues
Hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder injuries frequently require strengthening and retraining of the muscles that support these joints. For many clients they can perform a simple home programme and return to full function. More complex injuries may require closer supervision and more specificity in their exercise programme. We can offer carefully supervised programmes specific to the rehabilitation of your injury.
 
Sports injuries and Pilates
Once the secret training weapon of dancers, Pilates has now been embraced by many athletes to get that training ‘edge’ over the opposition and to rehabilitate from injury. Athletes are finding that Pilates can assist their performance. Sports ranging from football to cricket, swimming to athletics utilizes Pilates for training, rehabilitation and correcting imbalances.
 

Dance Performance, Injury Treatment & Rehabilitation
 

Dance performance
Pilates and Dance
When Joseph Pilates moved to New York he established his exercise studio close to a number of dance studios. Many dancers became his clients, recognising the benefits of the strengthening to their dance performance and finding that Pilates was a great form of rehabilitation, should they have an injury. Choreographers and dancers such as Balanchine and Martha Graham were fascinated with his techniques and sent their dancers to him for rehabilitation.
 
Pilates naturally designed a lot of his exercises around his dance clientele. Many of the traditional Pilates exercises are very dance specific.
 
Our staff have many years of expertise in dance injury assessment and effective treatment regimes for dance injuries. Jennifer has worked with QDSE since 1991and provides annual dance assessments to a number of dance schools.  
 
Performance Enhancement
Peak performance requires a strong well balanced body. We can provide a detailed assessment of your strengths, weaknesses and joint ranges and design a Pilates programme specific to you to improve any areas that are weak and tight. Your programme will be dance specific and challenging.
 
Performance Enhancement
 
Injury treatment
 
When an Injury happens
 
● Acute Injuries – if you sustain an injury, immediately apply ice, compression and elevation. We recommend treatment commence within the first 48 hours. We try to prioritize dancers who need an appointment so they can get the early treatment they need. Having a dance injury doesn’t always necessitate that you stop dancing but professional guidance about what exercises you need to strengthen and rehabilitate, together with guidance about dance levels is important.
 
● Chronic dance injuries - treating more than just the pain is imperative in slow onset or recurrent injuries .These injuries usually require a detailed understanding of dance technique and a thorough analysis of musculoskeletal factors that could be contributing to the injury. Our physiotherapists have an in depth understanding of dance technique and can analyse whether your form is causing your injury.

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