Physio Pilates

Two students and an instructor during a pilates class at HPC

Guelph Physio Pilates, HPC

What is Pilates?

Pilates was originally developed as a rehabilitation method for soldiers. Through years of refinement, Pilates has become an exercise method that integrates postural and breathing awareness into a program designed to strengthen the core muscles. Pilates is a series of fluid movements designed to build body awareness, promote flexibility and support resistance training in a fashion that builds lean muscle. Pilates is an excellent addition to any exercise program requiring strength and flexibility training that supports the core musculature, encourages improved posture and helps restore muscle imbalance.

How will Pilates help me?

Pilates is ideal for those looking for light resistance exercise using body weight. It helps create awareness of posture, breathing and movement patterns that may be contributing to weakness, pain, or dysfunction. Pilates is specifically designed to help patients connect with their body and build strong core musculature in the shoulder blade, low back and pelvic region.

Physio Pilates Classes

Virtual Physio Pilates classes will be taught be a registered Physiotherapist who is a certified Body Harmonics ® mat instructor. Your physiotherapist will be aware of your current injury condition and will help you develop a program specific to your needs. The class will be made up of people who have experienced similar injuries, who are looking to advance their home program and perhaps consider working on their core strength in a community-based Pilates program when finished.

The virtual Physio Pilates class is ideal for anyone who is completing their rehabilitation plan and looking to become more independent with their exercise program. You should be fit to participate in group exercise and cleared to participate by your family doctor and allied health practitioner (physiotherapist, chiropractor, etc.). Some awareness and previous experience with core training is ideal but not necessary.

Cost

The cost per class is $30* (billed as virtual Physiotherapy Pilates) and is approximately an hour in duration. Virtual Physio Pilates classes are available throughout the year and registration is open on a monthly basis. To register for the virtual Physio Pilates classes, you must have completed a physiotherapy assessment first (either virtually or in-person). If you are interested in registering, please call (519) 767-5011 extension 1 for reception to get more information on the next available session.

Physio Pilates Reformer Appointments

The reformer is a specialized piece of Pilates equipment that allows you to add resistance to your core workout. Using a spring-loaded system, the reformer can be used in sitting, standing, kneeling, and lying down positions to challenge your muscles in a variety of ways. It increases awareness of your core strength and stability as you work through your exercises with increased intensity and endurance when compared to most mat programs. The straps that are attached to the reformer

allow you to move your arms and legs in ranges of motion that would be challenging to do on your own without the assistance of the straps, while presenting an additional challenge for your core.

The reformer is a great step up for those who have completed rehab for a hip, back or shoulder injury or those who are progressing through their rehab program with relative ease. It can be used to intensify your current core exercise program and provide you with new challenges for your body's strength, flexibility and endurance needs. The reformer is also a great option for those who are looking to strengthen their muscles to support their joints in a low impact format.

Each reformer session will be taught one-on-one with a Body Harmonics ® trained physiotherapist. You will learn how to use the equipment safely and how to modify the exercises and the machine for your specific needs. It is an excellent addition to any core program that may feel stagnant and is a great introduction to the reformer if you are considering participating in a class at any one of the several Pilates studios in Guelph and surrounding area.

Booking an Appointment

To book an initial appointment you must either be referred by another HPC practitioner or have completed a physiotherapy assessment. Each Physio Pilates Reformer session is 40 minutes in duration (billed as a Complex Physiotherapy Treatment for $95). To book a Physio Pilates Reformer Appointment with Jeannette, please call 519 767-5011, extension 1 for reception.