Our physiotherapists are movement specialists trained in the art of assessing you and designing a client specific Pilates program to enhance your body. We love to help people overcome pain and injury and gain self-empowerment through their Clinical Pilates classes and one-on-one sessions

If you want, or need to 

  • Reduce musculoskeletal pain 
  • Recover from an injury or surgery
  • Improve your training edge in sport or dance 
  • Maintain your strength, flexibility and balance and establish a regular body maintenance routine 

We can help with a state of the art individualised exercise system to reduce your pain and optimise your function.

We use the principles of Pilates traditional techniques and combine this with contemporary scientific knowledge and research to design a rehabilitation system that is Clinical Pilates (CETIR). Our Clinical Pilates exercise classes have exercise options suitable for all ages from 8-90 years and all level of activity. This means no matter your fitness level or your age you can enjoy one of our classes.

Getting Started  -We commence with individual assessments in order to create a personalised program of specific exercises to correct muscle imbalances, rehabilitate an injury or refine a particular technique or skill.  We can cater for everyone from fragile injured clients, the casual exerciser to elite athletes. Our dance and highly trained musculoskeletal physiotherapists use a detailed musculoskeletal assessment and the latest in scientific research knowledge to design a programme to assist you in regaining and maintaining your physical best.

After your assessment
We design your program from the assessment findings and your individual goals and then book you in for a few one-on-one sessions where you work through your new program with your physiotherapist. Here you will be learning how the equipment works, how to adjust the springs and how to perform each exercise. We don’t expect perfection at the outset. That’s why you will need our physio and EP instructors to refine your movement and assist with adjusting the springs and equipment 

What happens after my one on ones
When you have some confidence that you can start in a group session we can book you into these. When you arrive for your booked session you will pick up your program and meet with the physio or EP who is instructing the session and they will look after you and assist you with your program. 

What happens in the group session
In these sessions you will follow the program and a picture sheet called Physitrack and perform each of the exercises with the correct spring weight on Reformers, Trap tables and Wunda chairs. The instructor in that session will be aware that you are new and while they are supervising a number of people they will help you a little more so just call them over to assist when you are uncertain of what you are supposed to do. 

You will need to fill in your program card with the date and number of repetitions you did of each exercise. 

Can I stay with one-on-one sessions
Yes and a number of clients do. The sessions obviously cost more as you will be booked in for an hour with a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist, but you will be receiving coaching and corrections from a highly trained professional. 

Monitoring Progress and upgrading my program
Your instructor will keep some clinical notes about your performance in the session and anything you need further help with. They will also guide you with how many reps of each exercise to do in a session. 

After you have completed your first exercise sheet book in for a re-assessment ideally with the physio who performed your first assessment. At the reassessment we will check how you are improving with what we found at assessment and then take you through some new exercises to upgrade your program. 

Our studios
Our spacious Pilates studios are equipped with Pilates Reformers, Trap tables and Wunda chairs. They are well equipped to avoid crowding and competition for equipment. Our Bulimba studio has the best views in town with 180degree river views from New Farm to Hamilton.  At Ascot we have racecourse glimpses and being on the first floor we have an outlook over a car park to trees at the far end.


Our Training
We have been in the business of Clinical Pilates since 1995. Jenny Birckel our director and an APA Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist started working with a dance school in 1990, the QDSE and it became very apparent that they needed strengthening work in their core and pelvic region. This began her journey into the world of Pilates. She owned and ran a studio in Milton in 1995 and then moved to Albion to a dance school, the ADPI. We located this business to its new spacious site at Ascot in 2018. We started the Bulimba studio in 2011. 

In the early days of Pilates, training for professional staff was not great so after a lot of research, and clinical application of Pilates to injuries Jenny found she needed to start the Pilates Institute of Queensland for her staff training. This has grown to a training institute equipping many other allied health professionals and fitness instructors around Australia with the knowledge to use Pilates effectively and safely for exercise and rehabilitation. We regularly run Matwork and equipment courses in Brisbane and other parts of Australia.

More information about Pilates 

The History of Pilates
The concept of Pilates began with Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) during the First World War. Circa 1916.  He began his work in an English prisoner of war hospital where he was assisting injured German soldiers with injury recovery. Back in Germany he worked with dancers and injured clients and then moved to New York where he worked with New York’s top dancers of that period. Joseph recognised the importance of using the inner core muscles in the trunk. 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 is linked to back pain. 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.

 Specific Conditions and Pilates

Hypermobility and Clinical Pilates
Joint hypermobility is a general term used to describe joints when they are able to move beyond the normal range of motion. Hypermobility can lead to secondary conditions such as pain, soft tissue rheumatism, spinal pain, premature OA and depression. Hypermobile joints are likely to be less stable, are susceptible to subluxation, dislocation and have a greater risk of trauma (Kemp et al 2010).  

Kemp et al 2015 demonstrated that by using a targeted program of graded exercises and correcting the control of symptomatic joints there was able to be a significant and sustained reduction in pain

Clinical Pilates based training addresses the fundamental components of an effective training program tailored to your needs. During our Pilates classes physiotherapist are able to monitor and adjust your program ensuring that your recovery from pain and long term management is maximised.

See our Blog for more information about hypermobility

Back Pain rehabilitation with Clinical Pilates
Early physiotherapy research in the late 1980s into recurrent back pain identified weakness and slow response of deep stabilizing muscles to be a primary cause of instability. This weakness led to overload on spinal structures when the spine was required to take on some loading and pain resulted.

Further research is finding important linkages and roles of intermediate and superficial muscles too.

We thoroughly assess our back pain clients and design rehabilitation programmes to address weakness in a number of muscles that affect optimal spinal function. Identifying  the specific weak and tight areas is the secret to designing a successful rehabilitation program 

Neck Pain rehabilitation with Clinical Pilates
Neck pain can arise from a traumatic injury like whiplash and is also frequently seen as a result of long hours in bad posture. Computer usage is one of the principle causes of bad neck posture and pain.

If you suffer from neck pain our goals for you will be restoring muscles to maintain good posture, strengthening the neck and scapular stability system and restoring postural awareness.

Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is a complex and fairly unstable joint. It is built like that to enable large ranges of movement. As a shallow mobile joint it does requires a lot of stability input from muscles attached to it.  We can assist you with strengthening and muscle timing co-ordination to overcome pain and injury.

Sports rehabilitation and optimising your sporting performance

 We offer exercise rehabilitation for:

  • Acute injuries
  • Chronic and recurrent injuries
  • Maximising your sporting performance

Acute sporting injuries
Getting back into modified training as soon as possible is vital for any athlete or sportsperson

Our goal is to offer a modified training programme that you can complete whilst your injury is healing. We can work on the uninjured parts of your body to keep you in optimum shape until you can fully train and give you lighter rehabilitation exercises for your injury. This will get you back on track and into your game quicker.

Chronic and recurrent injuries
If you are suffering from the frustration of injuries that keep coming back you may need more than a focus just on one small area. The body has many muscle linkages that hold your body together and assist you in higher functioning activities. If these kinetic chains are malfunctioning, there is a muscle imbalance and you have poor deep control then poor function and injury often occur.

A comprehensive musculoskeletal assessment can identify muscle weaknesses, tightness and poor functional patterning. We can then design a conditioning/ rehabilitation programme to address all these issues and accelerate your recovery and minimise the risk of further recurrence of injury.

Our goal is to have you move faster, perform safely, endure longer, focus clearer, hone coordination, enhance balance, stabilize your joints and rehabilitate faster from performance injuries

Maximising your sporting performance
Many sportspersons and many sporting teams are maximising performance and minimising injury with the assistance of training on Reformers, Trap tables, and other rehabilitation/performance equipment. Here in Brisbane, we see the Broncos have now set up Reformer equipment in their new high-performance centre at Red Hill. Australia cricket has had it for many years and many other high-level athletes attest to its efficacy in their performance.

Olympic athletes and professionals routinely use Pilates for cross training injury prevention. The training also enhances body awareness in movement to gain an extra edge on the field or court. Names synonymous with Pilates include Stephanie Gilmour, David Beckham, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, and Andy Murray who all train with Pilates. It keeps them at the top of their game.

Sports injury surgery
Starting rehabilitation as soon as possible after surgery will accelerate recovery from joint, muscle or tendon surgery. Reformers and other equipment in our exercise studio offer gentle and closed chain resistance which makes early exercise safe and controlled.

Postural correction with Clinical Pilates
Tightness and muscle weakness from hours of sitting at computers or watching screens seems to be in epidemic proportions in this “screen age”. A Clinical Pilates session focused on postural enhancing muscles and stretching can improve your pain and discomfort levels.

Arthritis and Clinical Pilates
There are two main types of arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid. Osteoarthritis is the most common form and is the leading reason for joint replacement surgery (Ezzat et al 2015). Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic inflammatory condition that affects approximately 1% of the world’s population (Shinde et al 2017). The common symptoms of arthritis are joint pain, stiffness, fatigue and reduced physical function (Ezzat et al 2015).

Therapeutic exercise programs have been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms, help manage the condition and improve the overall quality of life for people suffering from arthritis (Ottawa et al 2005).

Through Clinical Pilates training our physiotherapists provide individualised exercise programs to maintain mobility, improve strength, protect unstable or inflamed joints, reduce fatigue and pain.

 Joint replacement and Clinical Pilates
Recovering from a joint replacement can be painful and take time. There can be associated muscle weakness, stiffness, swelling and apprehension. Early mobilisation and therapeutic exercises are recommended and will help you return to a high level of function (Artz et al 2015).

Our physiotherapists can assist in your recovery by providing a tailored rehabilitation program. We form a patient centred approach, work with your Dr to avoid any complications and ensure that you progress smoothly through your rehabilitation.

Through our Clinical Pilates programs we are able to provide a wide variety of open and closed chain exercises that draw upon the best practice guidelines and focus on the best possible recovery.

 References:     Artz, N., Elvers, K. T., Lowe, C. M., Sackley, C., Jepson, P., & Beswick, A. D. (2015). Effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise following total knee replacement: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 16(1), 1–21. https://doi-org.ezproxy1.acu.edu.au/10.1186/s12891-015-0469-6

Surgical recovery with CETIR
We specialise in carefully graded programmes to assist your recovery from back and neck surgery, joint replacement surgery, joint reconstructions, cancer surgery or other major surgeries that have left you physically weak. Our physiotherapists design you a graded programme and carefully monitor your programme.

Balance and mobility issues
Our balance and mobility often becomes a concern as we age. Poor balance and mobility can lead to falls and often significant injury. Poor vision, decreased muscle strength, reduced proprioception, our bodies awareness to where it is in space and loss of joint flexibility all contribute to poor balance which in turn can lead to reduced mobility. These factors can limit our involvement in the activities that we enjoy and affect our daily living.

Barker et al 2015 suggests that exercises focusing on strength, core stability, flexibility, muscle control, posture, and breathing improve balance and mobility concerns.

Through our Clinical Pilates programs our physiotherapists draw upon current best practice to address coordination, balance deficits and improve core muscle control. Barker et al have shown that by improving these factors, that contribute to improved lumbopelvic stabilisation, we can improve the balance needed for daily activities and function.


Lacroix, A., Hortobágyi, T., Beurskens, R., & Granacher, U. (2017). Effects of Supervised vs. Unsupervised Training Programs on Balance and Muscle Strength in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine, 47(11), 2341–2361. https://doi-org.ezproxy1.acu.edu.au/10.1007/s40279-017-0747-6


Osteoporosis (OP) is defined as a skeletal disorder characterised by reduced bone strength & bone mineral density (BMD). Old age and reduced estrogen are the two main factors associated with OP. The combination of reduced balance, reduced bone strength and a high chance of falls, as with an aging population, significantly increase the chance of fracture and prolonged disability (Wilhelm et al 2012). Wilhelm et al 2015 suggest that resistance training can have a positive effect on physical function and activities of daily living in adults with osteoporosis or osteopenia.

Through our Clinical Pilates training our physiotherapist can draw upon best practice and tailor individualised functional closed chain exercises to help manage symptoms and complications associated with osteoporosis.


Wilhelm, M., Roskovensky, G., Emery, K., Manno, C., Valek, K., & Cook, C. (2012). Effect of Resistance Exercises on Function in Older Adults with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia: A Systematic Review. Physiotherapy Canada, 64(4), 386–394. https://doi-org.ezproxy1.acu.edu.au/10.3138/ptc.2011-31BH

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