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Clinical classes at Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy is a mind body conditioning exercise program that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture.

physio run pilates mat classes

At Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy, our approach is unlike the classes often seen at the local gym or studio. Our approach is based on the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (AAPI) method by which our physios are trained. This approach is founded on the physiotherapy model providing individualised and specific exercises based on the latest evidence to improve central core control with optimum muscle activation with the aim of improving function and correct posture. Improved function with ideal alignment concurrently can help to reduce your aches and pains as well as minimise the risk of future injury (Hodges et al, 1997, 2008, 2010 and Hides et al, 1996).

Specifically, our physios will target your deep stabilising muscles of your back, abdomen and pelvic floor region. These muscles act together to form a closed cylinder of stability to form a strong and functional spine (Hodges 1999). Our physios will initially concentrate on correct activation of these muscles then challenge the central core by introducing graduated arm and leg movements and stretches.


Matwork Group Classes (using pilates equipment)

Mat work classes are conducted on a dense foam mat whereby you can utilise your own body weight. Mat work classes offer enormous freedom in being able to enjoy flowing movements but always at your own pace.

Beginner classes incorporate certain exercises being broken down into components as they are taught, ensuring you have a sound technique and are confident in progressing your skill further.

Intermediate/expert classes build on the foundations of the beginner levels. These classes incorporate props, such as theraband, small Pilates ball and magic circle.

Group classes are capped at 8 people. Mat work classes at lunch run for 45 minutes. Mat work classes in the morning and evening run for 60 minutes.


Reformer Group Classes (using Pilates reformer)

Reformer classes are an excellent way to tone and challenge your core muscles. Full body workouts using spring loaded resistance conducted on the pilates reformer targets arms, legs and abdominals. This enables you to improve your posture and flexibility. Please note – adjustable springs allow for all levels of ability. 

Reformer classes are capped at 5 people. Reformer classes run for 45 minutes.


Strength Circuit Group Class (using Pilates equipment)

Try out our NEW Strength Circuit classes. These are small classes capped at a maximum of 6. It is run by an Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute qualified Physiotherapist. In the classes, you will utilise a variety of specialised equipment including our Pilates Reformer, barrel, step peddle chair and TRX suspension system. If you are searching for a full body work out to help develop and improve your core stability, then these are the classes for you!  


Cyclefit Group Classes

Strength and conditioning class targeted towards cyclists of all disciplines road or dirt. This class will aim at providing you the education on appropriate exercises that can be performed with minimal equipment used. The focus of the class is to improve strength and flexibility specific to the demands of the sport whilst focusing on correct technique and training principles through the course of the term. These classes will be led by our Exercise physiologist who is also a qualified mountain bike and road cycling coach with many years of experience in training sessions.
Group classes are capped at 8 people. This class runs for 45 minute


Mums and Bubs Classes

Mums and Bubs classes are a great way to restore your pelvic floor musculature and enhance your body awareness. We aim to give you a pathway for a graded return to safe exercise levels post-partum. Targeted areas include core, mobility and lower limb function. We encourage you to bring your baby along to enhance the social experience! Mums and Bubs classes are capped at 6 people. Classes run for 45 minutes.

(Please note - whilst pregnant ladies are more than welcome to attend this class, it would be more suitable for you to attend a Matwork or Reformer class where the instructor can make adjustments accordingly. Please read below).



Exercise classes during pregnancy is a safe, challenging experience that will help prepare and strengthen your body and mind for your birth experience and assist in a quicker recovery. The classes are designed to help your body cope with the ever-changing requirements of your developing pregnancy whilst providing you with a dynamic and effective workout. 


Premium Access Gym and Classes Pass

When you book and pay for one of our Clinical Class blocks, you can upgrade to a premium access Gym Pass. This premium access Gym Pass will entitle you to use our studio and gym equipment at your leisure, during our opening hours throughout the term.

All this for a small fee of $50 per term. Please note that use of the Pilates equipment will not be available during scheduled class times.



Our Clinical Classes can help you with:

  • Low back pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain and dysfunction
  • Pelvic pain and instability
  • Osteitis pubis
  • Hip pain
  • Gluteal pain
  • Chronic hamstring strains
  • Disc replacement
  • Post abdominal surgery rehabilitation
  • Post spinal & pelvic surgery
  • Pregnancy pain
  • Post childbirth pain
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic floor retraining
  • Sciatica
  • Pre-exercise programs
  • lower abdominal bulging
  • Sports injuries
  • Lower limb injuries
  • Workplace injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Arthritis
  • Stress related illness



Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy Pilates Key Features:

  • Clinical methodology – evidence based technique founded on the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute method for the optimal result with a lasting solution.
  • Individually tailored exercises focused on working the areas specific to YOUR needs.
  • Run by an expert that is qualified and APPI trained in relating your pain and pathology to your solution.
  • Attentive, instructional, and focused on correct technique and personal application.
  • Uses specialised pilates equipment such as our pilates reformer, magic circles, foam rollers and exercise bands (not just our floor mats).
  • Choose your adventure- individuals (1-on-1), semi-private (2-3 participants – you might want to bring a friend) and group classes (4-8 participants). Matwork classes are scalable – level 1 (beginner) and level 2 (intermediate/advanced).
  • Health Fund rebates available – the classes are run by a physiotherapist with the aim of improving function and correcting posture as well as fully rehabilitating any injuries and thus health fund rebates are available.

professional pilates equipment used at Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy
All Clinical classes run in 10 week blocks during ACT school terms at our City West and Gungahlin locations.



What if I miss a class?

You can have a make-up class (depending on class size) in another class.

How do I get started?

Step 1: You will need to book in for an initial assessment consultation so that we can tailor the matwork class to suit your needs. The assessment step can be by-passed if you are already having physiotherapy treatment at the clinic – but talk to your physiotherapist first to see if the class is suitable for you.

Step 2: The assessing physiotherapist will determine if the class is suitable for you and if so you can start the classes straight away.

Step 3: If you are suitable, you can be placed in Level 1 or level 2 or advanced classes according to your ability.

How do I claim my private Health Fund rebate?

You will need to pay for all the classes in advance and then claim back from your health fund at the end of the class series. Your tax invoice will show the dates attended for each class.

Experience pilates the right way, with an attentive professional physiotherapist that is focused on you and getting the results that you want. CALL 6262 4464 NOW!– and find out how clinical group classes with a physio can help YOU!