Introducing Clinical Pilates to move

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Introducing Clinical Pilates to move

Meet Jayme Wells, Physiotherapist and Pilates whiz


We’d like to introduce the newest member to the mpp team, Jayme Wells. Jayme is a physiotherapist skilled in pilates and has been a huge part of the launch of clinical pilates at move.

Welcome to move physio pilates Jayme! Can you tell us a little bit about your background in the industry?

Absolutely! I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition in 2011 and went on the do my Masters of Physiotherapy which I graduated from in 2014. I moved straight into a private practice musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2015 and have had the opportunity to work in various clinics across both Queensland and New South Wales over the past 4 years. During my university studies I completed a Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness to become a qualified personal trainer and started my own personal training business. This exposed me to different body biomechanics and helped build my foundation of movement for rehabilitation which is key in my physiotherapy practice. Two years ago I completed Clinical Pilates courses in both mat work and equipment and have had the pleasure of integrating clinical pilates into not only my own physiotherapy treatments but into physiotherapy clinics. 

What is Clinical Pilates and how is it different to our group reformer classes?

The foundations of Clinical Pilates and the group reformer classes are exactly the same. It is a form of exercise used to improve posture, flexibility, strength and body awareness with a strong focus on deep core activation and building its endurance through movement.

Clinical pilates differs to the group reformer classes in that it focuses on the patient’s individualised needs and tailors programs specific to these needs. This may include injury rehabilitation, pregnancy/post-natal management or even injury prevention. Clinical pilates is led by a qualified physiotherapist who is able to analyse which specific Pilates exercises will suit the patient and develop a program to address their needs. Clinical pilates is a progressive form of pilates which allows modification and adjustments to be made in session to ensure the exercises are safe and achieving the desired results. So while we will modify exercises within a group reformer class to suit the individual, in a private or semi-private setting we can design the session specifically to you and your goals.

Who are our Clinical Pilates services designed for?

Anyone and everyone!! As I mentioned above, clinical pilates is aimed at patients who have specific requirements which need more of an individualised approach.

Clinical Pilates is great for injury rehabilitation, so if you are suffering from an injury of the musculoskeletal system, whether it be low back pain, neck pain, ankle pain, we can help to reduce pain and improve function.

The importance of pelvic floor and core control in pregnancy and post natal has been stressed a lot and this is where clinical pilates can help. There are restrictions with what a patient can do whilst pregnant or after birth so having a more clinical approach will ensure exercise is safe and we rebuild the strength and correct patterning of the muscles around the low back and pelvis.

Clinical pilates is also great for anyone who has never participated in a pilates class before or who are a little apprehensive about jumping straight in. I would definitely recommend Clinical Pilates if the patient has no previous experience as nailing the foundations is what will ensure we achieve desired results and prevent injury long term. Clinical pilates enables the physiotherapist to assess where the patient is at in terms of mobility, strength and muscle control and begin them at a suitable level of Pilates.   

For those feeling a bit nervous about starting out… what happens in an initial assessment?

The initial assessment is nothing to worry about. It is about enabling the physiotherapist to assess the strength, mobility and function of the patient’s body to identify areas which may need a little bit of work.

The initial stages will be a bit of a discussion about your history with regards to injuries and levels of activity. It is an opportunity to devise some patient focused goals and for the physiotherapist to provide some information regarding clinical pilates and what is involved.

The physiotherapist will then perform a physical examination where they assess the way you move and function. They will then go through what we call the 5 key elements of pilates and assess deep core activation and function.

It is a very low key assessment and is used to provide the physiotherapist with baseline measures and help them identify target areas to focus on when developing your individualised pilates program. 

As a physiotherapist, what do you love most about pilates?

Injury rehabilitation is about progression. It is about reducing pain and improving function. Pilates is a great way to progress a patient into exercise or back into their previous exercise routine. It is low impact and can start from a low intensity level and progressively build to higher level exercises.

I love that Pilates is holistic. It works on the body as a whole and addresses all aspects including muscle length, muscle strength, joint mobility, control and posture. It is great as a physiotherapist to be able to progress a patient into exercise which focuses on multiple components of an injury.

I am very big on movement for rehabilitation…. so I just love that pilates is about movement!



Amy Jones