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Clinical Pilates for Dancers

Prana Physiotherapist, Cecilia Mizzi, shares her experience with Clinical Pilates

Before becoming a Physiotherapist, I was a professional dancer for more than 15 years. Dancing taught me a lot about who I am, how to listen to my body and how my body moves. It provided me with a spontaneous, adventurous life, fortunately showing me many parts of the world. However, being on stage and under the spotlight performing two shows per night for a contract of nine or more months, also led my body to be pushed past its threshold. And as the saying goes, the show must go on, and it does, potentially leading to injury.

Pilates was a big part of my strength and conditioning training and this is how my relationship and love for Pilates began. It complimented dance so well, always striving to make the most complicated moves and exercises look so effortless! It was my go to. Pilates doesn't discriminate. It is not concerned with what you are wearing or if you can touch your toes. Pilates gives you the permission to listen to your body and provide it with what it can endure on the day. Whether I was in peak form or injured, Pilates allowed me to stay conditioned mentally and physical without falling behind.

Clinical Pilates at Prana is somewhat very similar. Your journey starts off with a thorough but friendly consultation with myself or any of Prana’s Physiotherapists. We discuss together all things about you, your body and what you want to get out of the class. With all this information and some attainable movement testing, your Clinical Pilates Program is put together and designed just for you.

The style of Pilates offered is DMA Pilates (Dance Medicine Australia) which is directional specific, determined in your initial assessment. Directional specific means you will be exercising efficiently in a direction that feels good for your body. We encourage high repetitions with low resistance, permitting your body the time to learn correct movement patterns and proficient muscle recruitment. Pilates at Prana welcomes all. Classes are intimate, ensuring you have the support but also the time and space to take your class at your own pace.

On a final note, did you know Prana means to breathe! If Clinical Pilates has got you curious, take a calm, deep breath and surrender your body to do all the talking.

Click the button below to book your initial consultation with one of our experienced Physiotherapists and start your Clinical Pilates journey today!


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