Pilates is form of exercise that focuses on improving core stability, postural alignment, mobility, coordination and balance; and gives important consideration to breathing awareness during movement. It was developed by Joseph Pilates, a pioneer of his time, and monumentally ahead of his cultural era in terms of physical fitness and conditioning. The Pilates method was born from Joseph’s dedication to understand human anatomy and movement, and to improve his own physical fitness in a balanced way. He called his method “Contrology”, and advocated it as an all encompassing movement form that unites spirit, mind, and body. 

Through his method Joseph became an accomplished athlete, performer, and trainer/rehabilitation professional to war veterans, police, and athletes such as boxers and dancers. His method has been carried on for years past his death in 1967, and saw a major surge in the fitness industry starting in the 1980’s. Today, Pilates exercises continue to be a widely practiced movement form for people of all ages and abilities, and with different physical goals in mind.


What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is the teaching of the Pilates method exercises by a medical professional, such as a physiotherapist in order to assist with a client’s rehabilitation. Pilates can be safely applied to most rehabilitation needs and modified according to a client’s limitations. Once a physiotherapist has assessed the client and determined their physical needs in combination with the client’s goals a therapeutic exercise program of Pilates can be prescribed and taught.

Clinical Pilates can help with the following conditions

  • weak core muscle strength

  • postural faults

  • impaired balance

  • spinal pain and dysfunction

  • impaired flexibility

  • prenatal fitness and postpartum recovery

Rachel Richards is certified in mat Pilates, and is currently working towards her reformer equipment certification.