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The Difference Between Reformer Pilates vs Clinical Pilates

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Clinical Pilates and Reformer Pilates are often lumped together and used interchangeably. However, Clinical Pilates and a standard Reformer Pilates class led by an instructor offer distinct approaches to enhancing physical well-being and strength. While both methods share the foundational principles of Pilates, they are different in terms of focus, individualisation, and therapeutic potential. At SportsPlus Physio, our physiotherapist lead Clinical Pilates classes are called “REFORMER REHAB” and our classes lead by our amazing instructors are called “REFORMER CLASS”.

Clinical Pilates offers a diagnostic treatment approach to identify and remedy patterns of movement relating to your injury. Under the expertise of a physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates emphasises a personalised and rehabilitative approach. Physiotherapists possess in-depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and musculoskeletal conditions. This expertise allows them to tailor exercises to suit the specific needs and limitations of each participant. Individuals recovering from injuries, managing chronic pain, or seeking to address specific musculoskeletal issues can benefit greatly from the targeted guidance provided by a Physiotherapist lead pilates session. The physiotherapist’s ability to modify exercises and employ hands-on techniques ensures a safe and effective practice. 

On the other hand, a general reformer class led by an instructor often caters to a broader audience, focusing on overall fitness and conditioning. While these classes still provide a challenging workout, the exercises are more individualised based on your own abilities rather than the acute limitations of an injury. Our amazing team of instructors may not have the same level of expertise in dealing with complex injuries or conditions, but work closely with our physiotherapy team to deliver high quality classes that target specific needs of the client.

In summary, the key distinction between Clinical Pilates that is led by a physiotherapist and a more general reformer class guided by an instructor lies in their focus and application. Our physiotherapist lead REFORMER REHAB class offers a specialised, rehabilitative approach, making it ideal for those with specific health concerns or acute injury. Our REFORMER CLASS serves as a more general fitness option for sub-acute conditions. Individuals seeking comprehensive rehabilitation and personalised guidance are likely to benefit more from Clinical Pilates, whereas those looking for a broader workout may find a reformer class appealing.

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