SSPC Southern Suburbs Physio | Clinical Pilates
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Clinical Pilates

What is Pilates?

The Pilates method is a system of exercises that was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. Pilates is an exercise regime designed to stimulate the deep spinal muscles, or “core muscles” to function more efficiently. The Pilates exercises were initially developed to assist people with rehabilitation from injury, and Pilates exercises still maintain a specific focus on injury management and prevention. Many leading back specialists endorse The Pilates method as the therapy of choice to prevent surgery and/or assist in rehabilitation post-surgery. Our Pilates-trained Physiotherapists will prescribe the appropriate Pilates exercises specific to the goals and needs of each client. Close supervision by trained Pilates Physiotherapist is necessary to execute the exercises correctly and prevent injury. However, even people without injury can benefit from the Pilates program, through increasing abdominal muscle tone and stability, increasing strength and flexibility, improving posture, and reducing unnecessary and inefficient muscle patterns.

Clinical-ReformerHow does “Clinical Pilates” differ from “Pilates”?

Unfortunately a lot of “Pilates” exercises have lost their original focus, and have become almost purely strength based exercises. For many people with back pain, gym based exercises can simply aggravate their condition. Clinical Pilates is always conducted with the supervision and guidance of a physiotherapist, and the program is developed with specific reference to your posture, flexibility, strength, current or past injuries, and specific occupational, recreational, or sporting goals.

What Can Pilates do for you?


  • Core Muscle Contraction
  • Ability To Exercise Without Pain
  • Tone
  • Postural Awareness
  • Muscle Efficiency
  • Quality of movement


  • Pressure And Stress On The Spine
  • Pain
  • Injury Risk
  • Fatigue During Exercise

Why is SSPC Clinical Pilates Different?

  • Maximum of five people per class
  • All classes run by Pilates trained physiotherapists
  • Physiotherapists guide you through your own individual program within the group setting
  • Guaranteed class times for a whole 10 week block
  • Preferred Provider fees apply (usually lower than standard fees)
  • Rebates available through Private Health Insurance
  • Over 70 classes per week available across 2 sites (East Bentleigh and Parkdale)

Why is an Initial 1:1 Session Required?

This is what helps to make Pilates “Clinical” – we need to conduct a basic assessment and screening, and from this develop your specific program. The Initial Session involves full explanation of all the Pilates principles, and you do get to participate in Pilates and obtain home exercises during this session.

We work closely with you and carry out research to understand your needs and wishes.