What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on learning to use the correct muscle activation strategies to perform a movement. Often people have pain or dysfunction because they’re not using the right strategy for a movement. This could be due to weakness, poor flexibility or even one muscle group being much more dominant than the others.

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.

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. When attending physio-led Pilates classes, such as those at Sydney Advanced Physiotherapy, you will still be able to claim a rebate on your private health. The amount you can claim, as always, depends on what plan you’re on with your insurance company.

We offer individual, group and equipment Pilates classes led by a qualified physiotherapist. We also offer specialised antenatal and postnatal pilates classes.
Individualised classes enable our physiotherapists to design programmes to specifically achieve your goals and meet your needs.
Group classes enable clients to participate in a physio-led group where participants follow the instructor and can work at an appropriate level.
All equipment classes are individualised and you will use a variety of pieces of equipment during the class.

In all classes your 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.
To join an antenatal class 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.
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.

Initial Assessment

All new Pilates students must complete a 60 minute initial 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.

Matwork Classes

All classes are 55 minutes in duration.

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

Those participating in a group class will be in a class with a maximum of 8 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.

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 $30 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 $40/class. 10 class passes can be purchased for the price of nine classes – in other words you get one class for free!

Cancellation Policy

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