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What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise class that uses body weight exercises and specific equipment to strengthen the main core muscles, improve co-ordination, improve body awareness and increase flexibility. Core weakness (abdominals, low back and glutes) can cause many issues that may result in pain throughout your body. Using our Pilates classes to strengthen these muscles can help you recover from injury and can also be useful in preventing future injury.

Who is Pilates suitable for?

Pilates is suitable for everyone no matter what age or fitness level. At Somerton Physiotherapy Clinic we offer beginner, intermediate and advanced level Pilates classes. Each class is led by a chartered physiotherapist who will have a depth of knowledge regarding any injuries you have and will be able to adapt classes to suit your needs. In addition, if you are receiving treatment with us we will be able to advise which level is most suitable for you to start at. This will mean you won’t find classes too easy or find yourself out of your depth at our Pilates classes.

What conditions is Pilates suitable for?

Pilates can help improve conditions such as:

  • Low back pain
  • Hip and Knee injuries
  • Sciatic pain
  • Neck discomfort
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Pelvic dysfunction
  • Post-pregnancy injuries/pain
  • Chronic sports injuries involving hips, groins and hamstrings.

We are excited to announce that we will be starting a post-natal Pilates class in 2021.

What is Post-Natal Pilates?

Pilates is a form of mind-body exercise which focuses on gaining strength, stability and mobility throughout the body. Post-natal Pilates focuses on regaining control of the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles, as well as building stability through the lumbopelvic region (lower back and pelvis). It is a gentle, safe form of exercise for new mothers.

Who is Post-natal Pilates suitable for?

This class is appropriate for women from 6-weeks after a normal delivery, or after bleeding has ceased. If you had a caesarean section or complications when giving birth it may take longer to return to exercise and a GP’s note is required. Post-natal Pilates classes are suitable for mothers up to 1 year after giving birth – after this time, a beginner’s Pilates class may be more suitable.

Important to note:

  • A 1:1 Pre-Pilates Assessment is required before taking part in our post-natal classes. This allows for our qualified physiotherapist and Pilates teacher to meet you and provide you with individualised tips and advice, specific to you and your body, before you join the group class.

We are now running our Physio-led Pilates classes as Online classes.  Our classes are led by Chartered Physiotherapists who are specialists in human movement and have an in-depth knowledge in how to exercise safely.

We are holding the Online classes via Zoom Video and classes to date have been hugely successful.

The classes are suitable for novices (Beginner) and those who have Pilates experience (Intermediate).  



Tuesday               7.30am (morning)  &   7.15pm

Thursday             7.15pm

Saturday              9.00am   (Mixed level – Beg/Interm)


Tuesday              8.15pm

Wednesday        8.30pm

Thursday            7.30am (morning)

Thursday            8.30pm

Saturday             9.00am   ( Mixed level – Beg/Interm )

Post-Natal Pilates:

Wednesday        10.30am

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all.