Why Choose Clinical Pilates?

Client education is key for us at Balanced Bodies:

We make sure that you learn about the neutral spine and inner core so that you know what they do, how you find them and most importantly how you maintain them. We also ensure that you learn about movement dissociation, so that you back remains safe, regardless of what the rest of your body is doing!

This ensures that you get the most out of your classes. And most importantly you will be able to translate what you learn in the classroom to the real world.

  • Heard of neutral spine but don’t know how to find it?
  • Been told you need to strengthen your core but the sit ups aren’t hitting the right spot?
  • Feel your posture needs improving?
  • Suspect that your pelvic floor might need developing?
  • Want to improve your running power?
  • Want to support your mental health?
  • Would like to increase your swing power for tennis or golf?
  • Got a bad back, neck or shoulder that just won’t get better?

These are all good reasons to consider Clinical Pilates!

What is Clinical Pilates?

There are many different forms of Pilates available. Some remain true to the teachings of founder, Joseph Pilates, others have evolved.

The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) developed Clinical Pilates on a foundation of the original 34 Pilates matwork exercises developed by Josef Pilates. Using a huge range of biomechanical, anatomical and clinical research, APPI developed a Pilates Method that has been embraced by Therapists around the world and is utilised by physiotherapists, injury rehab clinics, hospitals, and professional sports teams internationally.

Whilst the principle of Clinical Pilates is focused on injury rehabilitation, these exercises successfully translate into a classroom environment, allowing uninjured individuals to benefit from the theory behind it.

The founding aim of the APPI Pilates Method focuses on developing deep, postural core muscles to support the spine during movement, whilst enhancing normal patterns of movement and improving body alignment.

At Balanced Bodies we provide all new clients with an introduction to Clinical Pilates. Whether you are completely new to Pilates or a veteran of 15 years, there is something for everyone.

To start your Clinical Pilates journey, please follow the link through to book on either a 1:2:1 or Small Group introduction.

If you still have questions about whether Clinical Pilates is right for you: then please follow the link and select the “initial enquiry” option for a free consult.

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To find out more about our prices, please head to our Class Bookings page.

What people thought of the class

  • Highly Supportive!

    I have never had the courage to join anything virtual in my life, but Joanna took the time before the session to calm me down and I can honestly say I am so glad I did it. Joanna has a way of putting you at ease whilst calmly explaining in simple terms what you need to do, why you need to do it and how it should feel. Anyone that wants to try but is a bit nervous please give it a go. You won’t regret it

    Natalie, Jan 2021

  • Clinical Pilates

    I’ve just finished my first course of Clinical Pilates with Joanna and I have to say I’ve really enjoyed it. I can feel the benefits already. Joanna made me feel very at ease, explained in detail and takes everyone’s little niggles into account and helps you manage each movement to suit you. Now into my second course and not thinking about stopping any time soon. Wasn’t sure about doing Zoom classes, but they do work and if we don’t get back into the hall any time soon, I am keen to continue as it’s great for the body and even better for the mind… Thanks Joanna

    Laurena, Nov 2020

  • Pilates Class

    Had a great pilates session with Jo, I had a few twinges due months without the lovely fluid moves of pilates (lockdown etc.) so it is a real relief to be back to it. I can feel the creaking easing already and felt very well looked after during our session. The extra complications of Covid and social distancing were well navigated by Jo too who is very careful and conscientious about client well being.

    Jo, Oct 2020


  • How much do Clinical Pilates classes cost?

    Before we answer this, we will respond with a question:

    How much do you value your health and being pain free?

    That being said this is understandably a very popular question!

    We price our classes so that our clients can benefit from near 1:2:1 attention. There will always be a limit of 10 clients in a class, but mostly you won’t find more than 6 people. That means our clients receive individual attention for each and every exercise with bespoke feedback.

    There’s not many group pilates classes where you’ll get this level of attention! We know from experience!

    If you head over to our pricing page, you can find out more about the pricing for 1:2:1 and group classes.

  • I have a bad back - can I do Clinical Pilates?

    Yes! Clinical Pilates is perfect for bad backs. In fact, most body parts will benefit from Clinical Pilates classes whether it’s your hips, knees, back, neck, shoulders or beyond!

    To keep you safe, we always undertake a 1:2:1 assessment for more complex clients, but everyone else just needs to complete a health questionnaire, participate in an introductory session (whether 1:2:1 or small group) and then they can sign up for as many classes as they like.

  • How do I sign up for a class?

    There are plenty of ways to sign up. Either give us a call, send us an email, or click on the “Book Now” button to take you through to our booking system.

  • I have never done Pilates before - is this right for me?

    We understand that making a commitment to a new exercise class can be a scary thing, so we offer taster sessions for new clients to try out Pilates Classes before they commit.

    In addition, our Introduction to Pilates sessions mean that even if you don’t feel that Pilates is right for you, the knowledge you will have gained around posture, the inner core and movement dissociation will be useful for you in everything you do!

    To make it easier for our new clients to learn, we have even created some beginner’s classes throughout the week so you to learn alongside other beginners.

    We know that you will absolutely love the experience and will soon be signing up for a term of sessions!

  • I am an experienced Pilates goer - do I need to do the Introductory session?

    Well there are always exceptions to the rules so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    Joanna had been practicing Pilates as a paying client for 15 years before she became qualified as a Pilates Instructor and not once had the concepts of neutral spine, inner core and movement dissociation been properly explained to her. She can only wonder what a difference this might have made to her back pain journey if these concepts had been explained from the start!

  • Isn't Pilates only for older women?

    Most definitely not!

    Firstly, check out our Young People and Pre- & Post Natal Pilates classes for more details there.

    Pilates is a challenging, highly technical exercise for everyone, young, old, man or woman.

    It most definitely isn’t a relaxing time lying on a mat twiddling your thumbs! Both your body and brain will be sweating with the effort by the end of the session.

  • What are the benefits of Pilates

    Pilates is wonderful for our health for the following reasons:

    • Aids the development of strong bones,
    • Improves flexibility,
    • Promotes positive mental health
    • Incorporates Mindfulness,
    • Promotes circulation,
    • Improves digestion,
    • Increase muscle strength.

    These are just a few of the benefits that spring to mind! Please let us know if you want to hear about more….

  • Do you offer Pay as You Go?

    Yes, but it is more expensive as there is more admin involved.

    But most importantly, we prefer our clients to take up terms of sessions to ensure that they get the maximum benefit from some sustained weekly exercise over a period of time.

    And there’s nothing like pre-paying to ensure you remain committed to keep coming back from your classes.