Clinical Pilates VS. Pilates - What is the Difference Between Pilates and Clinical Pilates?

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Jason Knee

Though most people today are aware of Pilates exercises, there's always a discussion on Clinical Pilates VS. Pilates. Proactive Pilates Equipment would like to shed some light on how Pilates and Clinical Pilates differ from each other in its blog post.

Pilates, originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s, based on the principles of improving movement, strength and control. Whilst Pilates has numerous associated benefits, Clinical Pilates has a specific focus on each individual’s injuries, pathologies and specific physical needs. Clinical Pilates, with the specialisation of physiotherapy and exercise physiology knowledge and training, is able to adjust, modify and prescribe Pilates exercises that meet your individual needs, based on clinical assessment.

Difference between Pilates and Clinical Pilates

From a learning and strength training perspective, Pilates, in particular, reformer-based Pilates is a wonderful tool to improve core stability and strength.  In the original design of Joseph Pilates’ equipment, these exercise machines were designed exactly the way your body and more importantly, your brain learns new tasks, exercises and movements.  It is amazing that without modern neuroscience, Joseph Pilates was able to design equipment that involved.

  • Proprioception – Balance
  • Task Oriented– Your brain learns tasks, not specific movements when it forms new patterns
  • Resistance Based– You need to push a muscle beyond its comfort zone to promote change and growth over time

Generally speaking, Reformer based Pilates provides these elements to a larger degree than Mat based Pilates.

Clinical Pilates adds that additional element of clinical knowledge to all the Pilates exercises.  The specific choice of Pilates exercises that you do is the difference between a program that works optimally for each user.

ProActive Pilates Equipment offers professional Reformers that are ideal for a clinical setting. Moreover, individuals can also use our ProActive Pilates Reformers at home with a specific program from their physical therapist to manage injuries, reduce pain, and greatly improve their health and well-being.

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