Function & Form & Exercise
Function & Form & Exercise
Physiotherapy in North Sydney

Clinical Pilates vs. Regular Pilates

Function and Form is the perfect environment to learn and develop your pilates skills and fitness. The Studio is a comfortable, modern and climate-controlled space.

Pilates is conducted in complete privacy, enabling the individual to explore movement with confidence and with one on one direction from our qualified physiotherapist.  The Studio contains a large variety of equipment, including a commercial-grade Pilates Reformer.

As Pilates, and Clinical Pilates, in particular, requires close instruction and feedback, learning pilates in large class numbers is not advisable or optimal.

Clinical Pilates in North Sydney @ Function & Form Physiotherapy.

Sessions at Function & Form, for this reason, are either conducted one on one or partner sessions.  In this way, you are ensured you will be able to effectively execute each movement with the appropriate muscles.

Clinical Pilates improves mobility, stability, balance, posture and overall function. Both a safe and effective form of exercise, pilates is perfect for  addressing the specific needs of each individual.

Clinical Pilates has proven to be effective in achieving improvements in posture, re-educating movement patterns, specifically targeting activate weak muscle groups or providing progressive recovery from injury or surgery.

Who is suitable for Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a valuable resource in successfully treating injuries and conditions of the low back pain, and rehabilitation particularly of musculoskeletal injuries.

Athletes over the years have also sought the benefits of pilates, and have found positive improvements in muscle control, flexibility and essential movement patterns.

Pilates is suitable for those seeking enhanced fitness and performance, as well as assisting with injury prevention. Pilates can be a wonderful form of exercise, however, pilates still has the potential to cause injury or pain if not prescribed and monitored in the correct way.

Clients or patients with special needs, require a more structured and considered approach to ensure that the exercises selected are not only safe but equally beneficial.

Who is qualified to conduct clinical pilates sessions?

Ideally, clinical pilates should be conducted by a health professional with thorough diagnostic and injury rehabilitation skills.

Ultimately the effectiveness of the Pilates program is determined by the appropriate selection and execution of a tailored exercise regimen.

Pilates Reformer


The Pilates reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment which looks like a bed with springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys.  It is the one of most versatile and effective piece of exercise equipment.

The 5 springs provide much of the resistance on the reformer, adding or subtracting springs can vary the intensity considerably. The surprising element of the Reformer is at times more springs (resistance) reduces the exercise difficulty and at other times increases intensity.

At Function & Form the Reformer is used for:


The Reformer allows exercise in a horizontal plane of motion without vertically loading and weight-bearing through the following a knee injury or surgery exercising in the horizontal plane enables strengthening of the lower limb through a larger range of motion, whilst using a lighter resistance than their body weight. Therefore the reformer assists accelerating the recovery process through controlled progressive resistance.

Sports Specific Cross-Training

Reformer Pilates works on core stabilisation, muscle endurance, lactate tolerance, peripheral joint stability, muscle strength, balance, coordination.
The number of exercises available on the reformer would seem only limited by the imagination.

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