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What is the difference between clinical pilates, pilates group classes and Exercise Physiology

What is clinical pilates?


Clinical pilates is usually one on one or in a small group. It is usually based on rehabilitating people out of being injured however it can sometimes be seen as more like a small personal training group.



Why the difference?


The term clinical pilates is unprotected. So as much as physic’s and osteo’s would like to claim they are the only ones that can do clinical pilates… it isn’t true.



What is the difference between clinical pilates and group pilates?


Group pilates has morphed and changed a lot in the last 20 years. Originally it was more of a conditioning/rehabilitation class on complex looking machines.


But in recent years (paralleling with the popularity of exercise routines like F45, CrossFit and other Hight Intensity Interval Training) it has become higher and higher intensity and less focussed on form.



What then is Exercise Physiology?


Exercise Physiologists spend a minimum of 4.5 years at university, completing both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree with a research thesis.


The basic premise of Exercise Physiologists is that they can help people that are unwell use exercise to become more well.


They are quite literally the professional embodiment of the phrase exercise is medicine.

In recent years research has shown that certain types of exercise can help with conditions ranging from cancer to heart disease to knee injuries.



So what then is the difference between Exercise Physiology and Pilates?


The average standard of care.


Pilates begun as one person and continued to exist outside of universities following lineages of people that were experts.


Exercise Physiology began as an idea within tertiary institutions that was continually tested and pushed and analysed.


There are incredible pilates teachers in Melbourne but there are also a lot of groups that trained pilates instructors without any official regulation. Courses can range from 6 weeks to a year.


To be an Exercise Physiologist you have been taught to critically appraise research and you have spent a minimum of 4.5 years at university.


At the Neighbourhood Clinic not only have our EPs done there 4.5 years at university, two of ours are doing their PhDs and the other is involved in teaching at one of the universities.

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