We often get asked what the difference is between our Clinical Pilates reformer classes and those at a gym or pilates studio. Although the machines may look pretty much the same, that’s where the similarities end!
The first major difference is that all PMPP Clinical Reformer classes are run by fully qualified physiotherapists, not Pilates instructors. This means that not only does your PMPP instructor have 4 years of university training in anatomy, physiology and injury management, they are also trained in what is known as “clinical reasoning”. What this means is that they can determine which particular type of exercise is suitable for your injury or condition, whether that be lower back pain, shoulder pain, a medical illness or pregnancy. Your physio will also be able to modify your exercise program to account for flare ups or changes in your injury.
The second major difference is the class size. At PMPP our reformer classes are kept to a maximum or 3 people per group, ensuring that you receive adequate supervision and attention, in order to monitor technique and prevent injury. When using any piece of exercise machinery whether it be a reformer or gym machine, correct technique is essential otherwise injuries can occur. It can be very difficult to monitor each person closely in bigger class sizes, which is why we keep our maximum to 3.
You don’t need to have an injury to attend Clinical Pilates, many clients come to keep fit and healthy, enjoying the personalized attention that a small class size allows. It gives them the peace of mind to know that they are performing the exercises correctly under supervision.
There can also be the misconception that Clinical Pilates won’t be as challenging as a gym reformer class, however this is not the case at all. Programs can be as challenging as the individual requires and are always modified and progressed over time as your body adapts. It all comes back to the small class sizes, and therefore having the ability to individualise programs.