What's the difference between ‘clinical pilates’ and ‘pilates’?

  • Regular pilates offers general exercises, often performed in a ‘studio’ format with loud music and treated as an exercise class. Clinical pilates are either 1-1 or in small groups (max of 4 at Optimus Health) where the instructor is able to provide very specific hands on instructions.
  • Regular pilates is conducted by a pilates instructor, whereas Clinical Pilates are instructed by a physiotherapist.  This difference is very important because physios, unlike instructors, have in-dept knowledge of injury, pathology, bodily functions and healing.  This knowledge allows a physio to assess each patient and determine which exercises are right based off your specific needs. 

  • Initial Assessments; before starting Clinical Pilates, you will have a 1-1 session with a trained physiotherapist.  This determines which exercises are right for you.  

These reasons are especially important if you have a history of injury, such as back pain or are an athlete coming back from an injury.  


Want to know if pilates is right for you? Drop your details into the form below and one of our experienced physiotherapists will give you a call. 

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