Physiotherapy Led Pilates

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Physiotherapy Led Pilates at Health and Exercise Matters

What is physiotherapy Led Pilates?

Physiotherapy led Pilates is a complete body workout that aims to improve core stability, flexibility & postural awareness.  It is a mind-body form of exercise that places great emphasis on initiating movement from a central core of stability.  Physiotherapists are highly trained in assessing posture, movement dysfunctions and muscle imbalances.  Physiotherapists knowledge of anatomy and injury enables them to teach you appropriate exercises to assist in rehabilitation. 

Why come to Health & Exercise Matters for Pilates Classes? 

Our Pilates classes are ideal for anyone who are recovering from an injury, have chronic pain or wanting to prevent the onset or recurrence of an injury or pain.

At Health & Exercise Matters we can offer face to face group classes as well as 1:1 or 1:2 Pilates. With a spacious, well-ventilated studio our face to face group classes can reach a capacity of 10 attendees.

Face to face classes can be booked in blocks of 5 for £50.  Before committing to a block, we are offering a free taster class so you can ensure it is right for you.

Our Pilates classes and individual sessions are led by a Chartered Physiotherapist, using the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) method. This is the gold standard qualification used within physiotherapy practice and the field of rehabilitation.

What is Pilates and how does it work?

The APPI method uses a combination of movement and breathing principles, including segmental spinal stabilization and pelvic stability, which have been shown to help with lower back pain, reduce the risk of other musculoskeletal injuries and help with postural related problems.

It uses slow, controlled movement patterns to work on the deeper, stabilising muscles in the body, which you may not work in other types of exercise sessions. This helps with muscular endurance and stability. Using the APPI method, normal movement patterns and neuro-muscular timing are addressed in relation to each exercise, helping you to get the most benefit out of performing Pilates.

Exercises can be modified to suit ability, and during the class, provided you agree, personal advice on technique can be offered to ensure you are doing the exercises in the best way for you. This can really help you to get the most out of the class.

Class levels

Classes will be available at a beginners level and intermediate-advanced level.

How do I know what level is suitable for me? 


  • If you are new to Pilates and are not familiar with the foundation Pilates principles and breathing methods. The instructor will guide you through learning the basics of core strength and stability, flexibility, and postural control, combined with essential breathing techniques.
  • If you have previously done Pilates but are coming back after a break, it may be beneficial to start again to work on foundation technique and breathing before working towards intermediate to advanced.
  • If you have an injury or back pain, it may help to start at a lower level to ensure a gradual progression towards the normal functional movement. Alternatively, 1:1 sessions would be available to ensure a safe progression into group classes.


  • If you have a good understanding of basic Pilates exercises and breathing techniques and are looking to challenge yourself to the next level. The instructor will guide you through exercises and movement patterns that are slightly higher in intensity, duration, and coordination. Most participants in these classes have trained in Beginner Pilates for at least 6 months+, however, this may vary according to individual abilities and preferences so feel free to speak to the instructor for advice.

Timings: Tuesday 1830-1920 & Thursday 1100-1150

Prices: 5 classes for £50 in Studio, Free 1st taster class

If you would like further information on the classes, call us on 0191 285 8701 or email to speak to one our Pilates trained Physiotherapists. 

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