PhysioPilates

at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health

PhysioPilates class levels and descriptions

Here we describe the class levels we offer at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health.
 
Please note: If you are suffering from a painful injury, for example to your neck or lower back, please book an assessment with one of our chartered physiotherapists. You may require a course of physiotherapy to treat the injury first, before beginning a PhysioPilates term. If unsure, please call 01-2834303 to request a callback and one of the team will contact you to discuss.
 

Beginners

Suitable for those with no prior or limited Pilates experience.
 
All new clients, who have not done PhysioPilates with us before, are required to attend a pre-term assessment with one of our Chartered Physiotherapist & PhysioPilates instructors. During this session, you will be taught our Principles of Pilates and provided with some introductory exercises. This is essential for safety and to ensure you get the most benefit from your PhysioPilates term.
 
The beginners programme will raise your body awareness and increase your understanding of the following Pilates Principles in a safe, closely supervised small group setting.
 
  • Breathing
  • Pelvic and lower placement
  • Rib cage placement
  • Scapular movement
  • Neck placement
In order to assist your individual progress, you will be encouraged to practice, at home, a few prescribed PhysioPilates exercises in between classes. 
By the end of your first PhysioPilates term, your physical fitness is likely to have increased greatly with improved flexibility and strength. You should also feel better, with fewer aches and pains.
To allow for continuity and progression, we recommend you try to attend your class each week for the duration of the term.
 

Maintenance 

Suitable for clients who have completed a Beginners Term of PhysioPilates. 
Maintenance PhysioPilates is suitable for clients who are feeling better, have shown improvements in flexibility and strength and would like to remain at the level achieved towards the end of the beginner's term.  
The aims of this class are to build on the basic principles of PhysioPilates, to maintain flexibility and strength and to keep aches and pains under control.
To allow for continuity and progression, we recommend you try to attend your class each week for the duration of the term.
 

Improvers

Suitable for clients who have completed a Beginners Term, are gaining confidence and would like to challenge themselves with more advanced PhysioPilates exercises. 
You will start to notice less rest time between exercises and an increased focus on exercise coordination and complexity.
We'll go through a great variety of exercises, using light equipment aids, including an introduction to more advanced techniques in preparation for the next level. 
At the end of this level, you can expect your PhysioPilates to have reached a more personal significance with regards its influence on your physical wellbeing.
If you would like to move to this level for your next term, please discuss with your instructor.
To allow for continuity and progression, we recommend you try to attend your class each week for the duration of the term.
 

Advanced

Suitable for clients who have completed an Improvers Term, are gaining further confidence and would like to challenge themselves with even more advanced PhysioPilates exercises. 
At this level, you will experience further increases in pace, intensity and variety of exercises. While understanding your own limits, you are likely to be enjoying the process of pushing yourself through new physical challenges.
If you would like to move to this level for your next term, please discuss with your instructor.
To allow for continuity and progression, we recommend you try to attend your class each week for the duration of the term.

Pilates Class Guidelines

Our small, closely supervised and friendly classes are designed to help you feel and move better as well as reducing the risk of injuries. To get the most from your PhysioPilates, please read our guidelines below:

Everyone is different

It is quite normal that each person may not do an exercise and move in exactly the same way. It is important not to judge yourself based on how others are performing their exercises, but rather on how you are improving and feeling week by week. To allow for continuity and progression, we recommend you try to attend your class each week for the duration of the term.

Feel the movement

Unlike other forms of exercise where equipment is used to perform the exercise with PhysioPilates your posture, body position and movement is what creates the exercise. This may be a new concept so let your instructor know if you don’t feel you are “getting it”. A slight adjustment can make all the difference.

Know your limits

If for example, you have an arthritic joint, you may be advised to avoid certain exercises or asked to do them differently so as not to aggravate or cause injury. This is one of the significant benefits of being instructed by a chartered physiotherapist who is qualified to help you get the most benefit with the lowest risk of injury.

Let's talk about it

Questions about an exercise or posture are welcomed throughout the class.

Avoid Pain

Some manageable discomfort may be experienced, particularly during and after your first few beginners classes, this normally eases in time as you body adapts to the new exercises. However, you must alert your instructor if any exercise is painful for you. Your instructor can assess and adjust the exercises accordingly. If you have any concerns regarding pain at any stage, please discuss with your instructor immediately.

Be comfortable

Please wear loose-fitting clothing that you can move freely in.

Equipment

Our Pilates classes are floor and mat-based with the use of only light toning weights, resistance bands and fitness circles to provide some resistance.
Mat-work places more emphasis on the person doing the movements correctly under their own initiative without the interference of machines or larger equipment aids.
Having to maintain balance and coordination using only your own bodyweight allows a more effective grading of each exercise and ultimately achieves balanced stability and mobility.
Everything you learn in class can be practised at home. 'Homework' will be encouraged by your instructor for supporting individual progress.

Please bring to class: Your own thin mat to place over our mats for comfort and hygiene, a small hand towel and a bottle of water. Thank you.