Clinical Pilates


Pilates was originally called “Contrology” and was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, this exercise method is a mind-body centring technique that emphasises the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability, the lumbo-pelvic region.

From this central core, the Pilates method works by adjusting the intensity of each exercise through the use of various limb movements and resistance (Pilates equipment).

Combining this with the appropriate breathing control.

The Pilates technique is taught in two different categories, matwork and machine-based work. The matwork is composed by 34 exercises (including strengthening, mobility and stretching exercises) completed on an exercise mat.

Pilates is a low impact exercise that creates optimal strength through muscle balance and improves neuromuscular patterns. Is suitable for all ages and levels of ability and fitness.

The optimal strength gained from a consistent Pilates practice is nonrigid, balancing strength with mobility and flexibility. It helps you move and breathe through your daily activities with more freedom and power and less pain.


The main benefits of Clinical Pilates are:

  • Increases core stability and flexibility;

  • Creates postural and body awareness;

  • Improves endurance;

  • Corrects muscles imbalances;

  • Breathing cycle training;

  • Improves muscle control and coordination;

  • Promotes concentration and relaxation.

Some benefits for pregnant women:

  • Reduces the incidence of pre-eclampsia and pre-term labour;

  • Reduces incidence of Gestational Diabetes and high blood pressure;

  • Strengthen and tone pelvic floor muscles;

  • Educates the patient how the breath can help during labour and the postnatal period;

  • Prevention of Pelvic Girdle Pain, low back pain and other MSK disorders;

  • Improves mobility and sleep;

  • Faster postnatal recovery;

  • Weight control;

  • Improves mood.

Some of the benefits after childbirth:

  • Assists in weight loss and prevention of obesity;

  • Increases mobility, strength, and muscle tone;

  • Recovery of Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA); 

  • Strengthen pelvic floor muscles; 

  • Posture re-education and body awareness;

  • Social interaction;

  • Psychological well-being;

  • Reduction of anxiety and childbirth depression.


The initial 1:1 Clinical Pilates session will be a movement assessment in which the Clinical Pilates teacher will introduce you to the principles of Pilates – focussing on your movement patterns and areas of imbalance using a range of equipment. An individual plan will be put together to set personal goals. We will work with you in further sessions to achieve those goals and then a plan will be adjusted as progress is met. Liaison will also take place with other team members who may be taking care of your clinical needs in order that the combined programmes provide the best outcome for your recovery.

Book your individual or group classes here at the CMM.


London Brentford​

* 60 min – during COVID-19 pandemic, includes 10 min for safety procedures.