What is Pilates?

Pilates is a type of exercise that helps you learn to use correct muscle activation strategies and good joint control while you exercise. This helps you get stronger and more flexible while you recover from injury or while you try and push yourself to reach your fitness goals. Pilates aims to improve your strength, flexibility, and control so you can use your body for more! It can be tailored to suit people of all ages and physical capacities ranging from elite athletes looking to improve their performance and recover from injury to your elderly population who are trying to maintain their independence, function and bone density.

We use often use to help people recover from back pain and other injuries because it enables us to teach you how to use the right muscles and how to get your joints moving properly so you don’t have repeated issues. Often people have pain or dysfunction because they’re not moving well. This could be due to weakness, poor flexibility or even one muscle group being much more dominant than the others.

Pilates can be done on a mat where you learn to control your own body weight while working on your core strength, or with equipment. Equipment Pilates allows you to work against extra load in a wide variety of positions and ranges of motion that can be adjusted to optimise your sporting performance

Benefits of Pilates

  • Improved spinal mobility
  • Improved core strength
  • Improved strength and flexibility
  • Muscle re-education to reduce pain and improve function
  • Improved balance
  • Reduced falls risk
  • Whole body rehabilitation
  • Improved bone density
  • Recovery from injury

Pilates with Sydney Advanced Physiotherapy

Recently there have been some highly publicised changes to health fund rebates with Pilates. From April 1st we can no longer call our classes “Pilates” otherwise you will not be able to claim. They will be called physio group exercises classes. HCF will no longer be paying rebates for any classes. Please see our Facebook page for more information.

We offer individual, group and equipment Pilates classes led by a qualified physiotherapist. We also offer Mums & Bubs classes for postnatal women who want to bring their babies along.

The vast majority of our classes you will see on our timetable are “Individualised” or IND classes. This format enables our physiotherapists to design programmes to specifically achieve your goals and meet your needs. It also means that beginners and advanced Pilates participants can be in the same class and work at a level that is challenging to them as an individual without a class being too hard or too easy.

Mums & Bubs classes are run as group classes. This enable clients to participate in a physio-led class where participants follow the instructor.

All equipment classes are individualised and you will use a variety of pieces of equipment during the class.

In all classes a physio will supervise your execution of each exercise and provide feedback and assistance as you need it.

To learn more about the different types of classes you could participate in click here.


View our timetable here.

Before your first class

It is a requirement that you have an initial assessment with a physiotherapist before entering a class.

During this assessment, we will discuss any relevant medical or injury history with you and discuss what your goals are. You will have a postural and physical assessment to assess for any alignment issues, and we use Real-Time Ultrasound to ensure you can achieve a proper core activation. Your physio will then run you through a few Pilates basics so you know what to expect in a class.

When we do a Real Time Ultrasound scan we look at your bladder and we look at the way you use your stomach muscles. To do this most effectively it is helpful if your bladder is not empty. You don’t need to have a full bladder – there simply needs to be some urine in the bladder so try to avoid going to the toilet when you arrive at the clinic.

To join a class while pregnant you must have a note from your doctor providing clearance for your participation. If you are entering a postnatal class within the first 3 months of delivery you also will be required to provide a note from your doctor to say you are medically well enough to participate. This letter can come from your GP or Obstetrician.

Please note: Having a Pilates Assessment prior to entering a class is a safety standard of our company. Occasionally our physios may feel that someone is not quite ready for a class setting, or that it would not be safe for them to participate for some reason.  If this is the case our physios will explain to you why we feel that you might not be ready yet to join a class, or why we feel like it might not be the best path for you. We will always try to help you develop strategies to go forward so that you can be ready for Pilates classes in the near future or so that you can manage your issue safely another way. Our primary concern is your safety and we want to ensure you get the best possible results from Pilates. The physio must clear you before you can enter a class. 

Patients with gynaecological conditions may require a Women’s Health assessment to ensure their safe participation.
Patients with prolapses or pain disorders (like pain during intercourse) are strongly encouraged to have a Women’s Health assessment before entering a class.

For information about class structure, class passes, pricing and cancelation policy please click here.

Initial Assessment

Anyone wanting to participate in Pilates must complete a Pilates assessment. This includes:

  • Injury and medical assessment
  • Physical assessment
  • Real Time Ultrasound assessment for core strength and muscle recruitment coordination analysis
  • Pilates skill assessment including five key principles
  • Goal setting

Patients with gynaecological issues (including incontinence and painful intercourse) are recommended to have a Women’s Health assessment before entering a class.

Before entering any class our physio must clear you, in other words, the physio needs to confirm that it is safe for you to do Pilates and that you a ready to participate in a group setting. For more information click here.

Matwork Classes

All classes are 55 minutes in duration.

Individualised “IND” classes are limited to 5 participants. In these classes each participant works on their own programme as guided by their physio.

Mums & Bubs is a group style class with a maximum of 5 participants. These classes are performed in a traditional class-style setting with the group being led by the physiotherapist. Each participant will be guided by the physio and the class is set in a way that allows everyone to work at a level they can control. You are welcome to bring your child to our Mums & Bubs classes if you like.

Bookings are required for all classes or private sessions.
Patients insured with HCF need to be in an individualised class to claim.
Classes are charged at $32 per class. 10 class passes can be purchased for the price of nine classes – in other words you get one class for free!

Equipment Classes

All classes are 55 minutes in duration and are individualised with a maximum of four participants.
Bookings are required for all classes or private sessions.
Classes are charged at $42/class. 10 class passes can be purchased for the price of nine classes – in other words you get one class for free!

Class Passes

5 and 10 class passes are available for mat and for equipment classes. Please note they are NOT transferable – in other words – you cannot buy a 10 class mat pass and then switch it to equipment. Class passes are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase and are non-refundable.

You do not have to buy class passes or commit to a set ‘term’ of Pilates. You are welcome to come casually and pay as you go.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice you will be invoiced for full cost of your group class. Private 1:1 Pilates sessions, physio and/or massage appointments will be invoiced at a 50% of the cost of the consultation.
If you have pre-purchased e.g. 10 classes, one class will be deducted from your package.
This also applies to failures to attend.