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Pilates has been shown to be helpful in the management of many conditions, particularly spinal pain and is beneficial for almost everyone, any age and regardless of fitness. It has a great relationship with physiotherapy, as a form of rehabilitation and in the prevention of injuries. It focuses on developing core strength and mobility through a series of functional exercises, resistance work and stretches.

Injuries can occur when muscle imbalances, postural changes or a weakness result in the body over-compensating or over-developing in another area, to achieve functional movement. Ensuring you have good core control is integral to movement and the reduction and prevention of training injuries.

Pilates at South Norwood Physio

Pilates at South Norwood Physio is taught by a chartered Physiotherapist; so, you can be confident that any injuries or health conditions will be taken into account during your sessions. Pilates sessions follow the APPI (Australian Physio & Pilates Institute) method; a modified approach suitable for all and designed for Physiotherapists teaching Pilates.

Integrating knowledge of anatomy, physiology as well as experience of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, allows exercise selection and progression of exercises to be tailored to you as an individual, rather than as a strict order of movements or as a dosage of repetitions. This controlled, low threshold approach assists in reducing the likelihood of exacerbating pre-existing symptoms.

If you are unsure if this is a suitable form of exercise for yourself, please do not hesitate to contact

Individual and Group Sessions

Pilates is offered on a 1-to-1 or 2-to-1 basis or small group sessions; with each being a focussed 50-minute session.

One-to-one or two-to-one sessions ensure that each session is completely tailored to your individual needs, pace and requirements, with a real focus on working on areas of difficulty or where you want to progress.

Private sessions can be arranged at an agreed time and place, with all equipment provided.

Small group classes are focussed 50-minute sessions, with a maximum of 10 participants enabling close supervision of exercises, as well as individual teacher focus and attention to ensure safe and correct performance of exercises; adjusting and adapting where necessary.

Following a Pilates session, a short routine of mat-based exercises can be emailed directly to you to enable you to practise in between sessions. All equipment and mats are provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own mat if you wish.

It is recommended that before participating in a class, that you come along to an initial one-to-one assessment. This is an opportunity for you to learn the key elements of Pilates practice and integrate them into some of the main postures used. It also allows opportunity to discuss specific aims or injures. By carrying out the one-to-one, you can then feel confident when joining the class that you understand more about your body and the different ways in which you can move and control it.

Pre-registration is required for all sessions in the form a completed short health questionnaire – download here.