West Physio & Pilates offers small group mat pilates classes, individual private pilates lessons, private group classes and exercise rehabilitation (Clinical Pilates) sessions.
West Physio & Pilates is run by Jo Cardinal. She is a qualified Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor. Jo specialises in teaching group pilates classes, one-on-one pilates rehabilitation sessions, womens health issues, postural pain, chronic low back pain, hypermobility issues and sports injuries. In her rehabilitation sessions, Jo uses Pilates exercises to assess and treat the whole person, not just the injury.
Jo teaches a wide range of group pilates classes at her pilates studio on Atkinson Road in West Auckland. She works with clients from her clinic on Atkinson road for injury rehabilitation and improving general fitness.
West Physio & Pilates is at a location convenient to clients living in Titirangi, Huia, Green Bay, Blockhouse Bay, Glen Eden, Glen Dene, Henderson, New Lynn, Avondale & Oratia!
The best way to learn Pilates is through a 1-on-1 introductory session or beginners classes.
A 1-on-1 introductory session is highly recommended before joining classes if you have:
- Any injuries (current or previous) - it is important that these can be assessed and exercise modifications can be shown prior to joining a class
- Had any recent major surgery
- Any pain (recent or longstanding)
- Any artifical joints
- Are pregnant or recently had a baby
Introductory Pilates sessions can include:
- Taking a through history
- Discussion of any injuries or health problems
- Postural assessment and re-correction (if required)
- Teaching Pilates Principles
- Testing core muscle strength
- Teaching Pilates exercises and direction to ideal class level
- Teaching exercise modifications (if required)
- A home exercise program (upon request)
Clinical Pilates sessions focus on using Pilates to identify movement patterns that are causing pain or damage to the body, muscles that are not functioning normally, joints that are not moving correctly (either hypermobile or stiff), postures that are causing pain and muscles that are too tight or too loose. Pilates focuses on a holistic approach to injury rehabilitation and incorporates functional exercises to help manage and reduce pain.
Clinical Pilates is effective in treating problems with muscles, connective tissue, bones, nerves and joints. 1-on-1 Pilates sessions are tailored to each individual needs. West Physio & Pilates specialize in treating Chronic Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Hypermobility Issues, Postural Pain, Back Pain due to weak core muscles and pregnancy related issues.
If you are interested in group classes and have a recent or longstanding injury and pain it is highly recommended to do an introductory 1-on-1 session to make sure that you are using the correct muscles and to get specific exercises to work on at home as a home exercise program. From there you can join a Beginners Pilates class to continue strengthening your body or continue with 1-on-1 sessions either regularly or fortnightly/monthly to check on your technique or to progress your home program.
CLASSES WE OFFER
This class introduces the fundamental principles of the Pilates. Each client will receive special attention when needed to ensure that they learn the proper form and execution of all exercises. This class focuses on correct technique of exercises and ability to co-ordinate breathing, core engagement and movement.
This class is perfect for those clients who are new to Pilates, or for those looking to"brush up on the basics." It is also appropriate for individuals who are recovering from mild injuries, pre & post natal or recovering from surgery and are looking for a safe way to workout.
Mixed Levels Class
This class focuses on strength, precision, endurance, and flow of movement. In this small class setting Jo will present the exercises at multiple levels which allows clients to choose to work at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced pace (this is to help ensure that each individual is working safely and at her/his appropriate level of challenge).
Clients will learn to be aware of breathing patterns and spinal alignment while engaging the deep muscles of the core.
Various props such as thera-bands, foam rollers, Pilates rings, and stability balls can be incorporated to enhance and intensify this Pilates workout. With regular attendance, clients will experience improved posture, co-ordination & balance, increased core, pelvic, scapular, arm and leg strength and increased flexibility and endurance
Core & Stretch Class
Feel the tension release from your body! This class focuses on myofascial (muscle and connective tissue) release and stretch using foam rollers. Foam rollers are also used during the class release tension in the spine, shoulders and midback and to challenge the core muscles by providing an unstable base to lay on. With regular attendance, clients will experience improved posture, co-ordination & balance and increased core strength, flexibility and endurance.
Private 1-on-1 sessions and Private group classes
Private Pilates sessions are helpful for clients who need more supervision whilst practising Pilates (especially those with pain, injuries, pre/post natal or health conditions that need close monitoring).
Private sessions are also beneficial for clients who are currently attending classes and want to go over technique, work on weak or tight areas within their body, learn exercise modifications or want to get a home exercise program tailor made to be able to praciste Pilates effectively at home between classes.
If you have a group of friends and would like to have your own private group class, contact Jo below to arrange a time.