Pilates

Pilates at Peak Performance

At Peak Performance our goal is to help you be your best.  Whether you have recurring injuries or chronic pain, low back or neck pain, a past injury that you never quite recovered from, if you are looking to improve posture or flexibility, or improve sports performance, Clinical Pilates can help you get the results you want.

Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates was developed by Physiotherapists and combines the original work of Joseph Pilates with recent scientific spinal stability research.   Pilates has evolved for rehabilitation of sports and spinal injuries, and to enhance athletic performance.

One thing that is very common with injuries, especially spinal pain, is poor motor activation patterns. When motor activation is not ideal, muscles don’t switch on in the right sequence, or in the right proportion. Some muscles may be over-active, and others not active enough which causes imbalance, compensation and an increase in strain on your system.

Exercises performed with spring loaded equipment rather than free weights allow you to work on muscle control rather than strength, and work muscle groups in functional motor patterns. The result is a body that works more efficiently, supports your spine throughout each movement, ensures your muscular system is in balance, and reduces strain and pain related to musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Pilates targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture.  Focusing on correct postural alignment during specific exercises and maintaining a specific pattern of breathing allows the stabilising muscles of the abdomen and low back to protect the spine from injury whilst gaining a whole body workout.

General benefits

  • correction of poor mechanics that underlie injuries
  • decreased pain
  • improved posture and flexibility
  • enhanced athletic performance
  • better trunk stabilisation
  • enhanced centre and breathing control
  • greater resistance to injury
  • overall body toning
  • safe injury management
  • identifying the cause of injury
  • research based approach

Who can benefit?

  • patients with low back or neck pain
  • poor posture
  • sports injuries
  • orthopaedic surgery
  • arthritis
  • muscle weakness
  • reduced fitness levels
  • poor balance
  • pregnant or post natal women

Initial Assessment

You will undergo an assessment of your history, specific rehabilitation goals, posture, flexibility, muscle length, strength, Pelvic floor and transversus abdominus using Real Time Ultrasound.  An individualized Pilates program will be developed for you based on these findings.

One on One Pilates sessions

You will be introduced to the basic concepts of Pilates and started on your own individualized Pilates program. Working one on one with a registered Physiotherapist and certified Clinical Pilates instructor, to develop customized exercises that are suitable and specific to your injury. When you have achieved safe and effective technique you will be able to join the group sessions.

Group Sessions (5 participants maximum)

We offer one hour small group sessions consisting of a variety of exercises performed on the Reformer, Trapeze Table, mat, Swiss Ball, Bosu, with rubber bands and Magic Circle.

You will follow your individual program and receive close supervision and hands-on instruction with a registered Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor.  You will also be instructed in a home exercise program to supplement your Pilates sessions in the clinic.  Our programs are dynamic and change to suit your goals. We are constantly reassessing your needs so that your program progresses with you.

Instructor

Rebecca Drew completed her Master of Physiotherapy at Curtin University in Western Australia in April 2005 and completed her Pilates training with DMA Clinical Pilates in 2006.

She has a strong background in exercise science and since graduating has focused on Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, working mainly in private practice. She utilizes a variety of manual therapy, soft tissue, acupuncture and exercise rehabilitation techniques.

Rebecca is passionate about the positive benefits of Pilates after having undergone Pilates rehabilitation for a back injury herself and achieving what she had thought impossible. Now she is excited to be bringing Clinical Pilates to Peak Performance.

 

 

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