What is Pilates?
People often associate Pilates with ‘core strength’ which refers to the fact that Pilates often focuses on strengthening the muscles around your trunk including your deep abdominal muscles, the pelvic girdle (including the pelvic floor and gluteals) and back extensor muscles. The idea that strengthening these muscles will develop a balanced and stable musculoskeletal system.
Along with physical benefits, Pilates works wonders for stress relief and mental balance. An effective session involves concentration, breathing and a strong mind body connection; a mindful diversion from the buzz of everyday life.
Whether you are recovering from surgery, returning to exercise postnatally or looking for something to complement and enhance your running program, Pilates is a great solution.
Why do I need an initial consultation?
An initial consult allows our Physiotherapists to take a medical and injury history and perform a thorough physical assessment in order recommend the best way forward for you. Our real-time Ultrasound machine is also used to ensure you have a thorough understanding in the ability to activate your core muscles. As well as ensuring your safety, an initial consult will set you up for an effective and targeted program that gives you the best chance of reaching your goals.
After we take your medical history, injury history and establish your goals, a movement screen will look at how your body moves and how it performs in a variety of movement tests. This forms the foundation upon which exercise is prescribed, and gives us valid measures to continually reassess as you do sessions within our clinic. If time allows you will then move into the Pilates studio to be introduced to our Pilates equipment and start your Pilates program.
Your exercise program will be directly based on your goals such as reducing the frequency of back pain or hamstring tears, or strengthening the core muscles in time for the running season.
What to bring to your Initial Pilates assessment?
- Bring with you any scans or Xrays and details of any medical problems or surgeries.
- Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely and exercise
- Our ultrasound machine works best when you have some water in your bladder. We recommend drinking a few glasses of water about 1 hour before your appointment and refrain from using the bathroom before you visit us. If this is an issue please talk to your Physio and we can give you further advice.
- A clean pair of socks – shoes are not worn. Grip sox are recommended and can be purchased from our reception area.
What do I need to bring to my Pilates sessions:
- Wearing comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely
- A drink bottle
- A pair of clean socks (we recommend grip sox to prevent slipping which can be purchased from our waiting room)
- and of course your sense of humor and a great attitude!
Do I have to attend at the same time every week?
Our pass based system allows for flexibility in your schedule from week to week and the freedom to access our entire timetable. It also offers great savings for our regular attenders.
Do your passes expire?
Our passes have the following expiry periods:
- 5 pass: 2 months
- 10 pass: 3 months
- 20 pass: 6 months
- If you are travelling and you require us to put your pass on hold please let us know.
- If utilizing our ‘5’ or ‘10’ class pack special, the fee must be paid at the first class.
- These packs are non-refundable but may be transferred to a different class where available.
Can I claim with my private health fund?
All Classes with our Physios are claimable on your private health insurance if you have Physiotherapy cover.
Receipts will be issued after attendance at the class, not at the time of purchasing a 10 pack due to health fund requirements. Some health funds (such as HCF) require a yearly re-assessment to assess your suitability and goals.
Can I cancel my classes?
Our Cancellation Policy allows you to change and cancel classes up to 24 hours prior to your class starting. Our great system allows you to manage this all via our app and will send you a reminder 36 hours prior to the class.
Unfortunately late cancellations or failure to show for your booked class will result in one of your passes being forfeited or a charge being added to your account for the missed class.
Having this policy in place allows access for everyone to be able to enjoy the classes of their choice.
What classes can I join?
Please see a copy of our class framework here (click to download PDF)
Click on the link below to see our up to date class timetable.
Our class availability changes regularly with classes added according to demand, so please contact reception if you cannot find a class and we will do our best to find a time that works for you.
Our system allows us to run a waitlist for our most popular times. At times there can be quite a bit of movement across our classes. After joining the waitlist you’ll be notified and added in if someone else cannot make the class.
I am pregnant can I do Clinical Pilates?
Absolutely! Pilates is a great for exercise whilst you are pregnant and because out programs are designed for each individual you can exercise right up until your due date.
Pregnancy Pilates at SquareOne is supervised by Physiotherapists so you can be confident the exercise is safe, evidence-based and tailored specifically to your personal needs.
Whether you were previously a runner, dancer or have never exercised – we have the right program for you.
Do I need an assessment for your pre/post natal Pilates programs?
Yes you do.
All Pre-natal (and those Post-natal clients who are joining our equipment program) require a regular Initial Pilates Assessment.
A shorter and quicker 30 min assessment is required for Mums and Bubs to ensure you are safe to start exercising. This assessment will give you some information on your pelvic floor health and abdominal separation.
Can I bring my baby?
Our mums and bubs classes are designed to bring your baby with you. Once your baby is on the move it is recommended that you start to access our regular program to allow you sufficient time to concentrate on your program instead of chasing your baby! Our instructors love to help settle your little ones and grab an extra cuddle when they can but we ask you remain responsible for your baby throughout the session. A clean nappy is often appreciated by your fellow participants and we ask you use the toilet facilities to change your baby if required.