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What is Physiolates?

Physiolates is an individualised therapeutic exercise programme, designed and led by a physiotherapist. It derives many principals from Pilates including “core” stability; posture, balance, control, strength, flexibility, breathing and promotion of optimal body movement patterns. However, it also incorporates principals of physiotherapy including individualised assessment, knowledge of injury and pathology which are used to devise a progressive exercise programme that is both safe and specifically targeted to an individual’s problem areas and capabilities. This ensures that optimal outcomes can be achieved. Targeted, therapeutic exercise programmes led by physiotherapists have been shown to reduce pain and improve the function in people with both acute injuries and with chronic pain.

What is the difference between Pilates and Physiolates?


Pilates has become increasingly popular in the community and is now offered by many gyms and fitness centres. Unfortunately these classes are not suitable for everyone, particularly if you are currently injured or in pain. These classes often have several people attending, meaning little individual attention is given to participants. Generic exercises are taught by instructors who are not physiotherapists. This “one size fits all” approach can, at best, mean you do not fulfil your potential with Pilates or, at the worst, lead to further injury.

Physiolates is an adaptation of Pilates incorporating both physiotherapy and Pilates techniques. Physiolates involves an individual assessment by a physiotherapist who ascertains your goals and then designs an exercise program that is specifically targeted to your problem areas and capabilities. Physiolates is performed on specialised equipment including reformers, trapeze tables and fit balls. This equipment is specifically designed for Physiolates to encourage correct technique, suitable resistance levels and to enhance your exercise experience.

What are the benefits of Physiolates?

There are numerous benefits to be gained from performing Physiolates exercises. Physiolates helps correct poor movement patterns which contribute to injuries, improve balance, coordination, posture and flexibility, enhance core stabilisation and muscle strength, improve breathing control, and allows for a safe and enjoyable means of injury management. It is also used to assist in injury prevention and improving performance and fitness.

Who will benefit from Physiolates?

Physiolates is suitable for people of all fitness levels. It is particularly helpful for those with musculoskeletal, neck, spine and pelvic injuries especially if the injury or pain is chronic or recurring. It can also be very beneficial for women both pre and post-natally as it concentrates on increasing pelvic floor strength and helps with prevention and relief of low back and pelvic pain. It is also appropriate for both recreational and high performing athletes as a means of improving their performance and injury management. Physiolates forms an integral component of the conditioning of most AFL teams and many other elite athletes.

What next?

Before participating in a Physiolates program at Sunbury Physiotherapy Clinic an individual assessment with the physiotherapist is required. The physiotherapist will then design a customised Physiolates programme for you. Your program is undertaken in a group setting of a maximum of 3 other participants. The physiotherapist will closely monitor you and grade the exercises to be safe while appropriately challenging.

What does it cost?

A Physiolates group consultation (50 mins duration) costs $49 a session. You can also purchase a bulk pack of 10 sessions costing $420 or $42 per session.
After hours classes and classes running on Saturday come at a rate of $440 for a pack of 10.

Physiolates is claimable on private health insurance extras, and we are able to directly claim the benefit for you with HICAPS.

When are the Pilates Group Consultations?

The Physiolates sessions are held on:

Monday: 5.50pm and 6:50pm

Tuesday: 9:40am, 10:40am, 6pm and 7pm

Wednesday: 9am

Friday: 6:40pm

Saturday: 9am and 10am

Sunday: 10am




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