Exercise Classes


What is Pilates?

Pilates is a type of exercise that aims to improve physical well-being by focusing on correct alignment, strength, flexibility, control and muscle activation patterns. Pilates has a focus on the core of the body because it is the centre point from which all movement is generated. It is an excellent way to improve range of motion, strength and quality of movement.

Pilates classes at MDP

Our pilates classes are run in small groups (about 6 to a class) and focus on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing. Attention is given to the patients’ strengths and weaknesses, tailoring the classes to suit the individual’s needs. We run over 10 classes throughout the week (mornings, evenings and on Saturdays) excluding public holidays.

Cost: $24 per class (prepaid). Rebates are available with most health funds.

Duration: 60 minutes

Seniors strength and flexibility classes

Designed for adults aged 60 years and over, these exercise classes incorporate some of the Pilates principles and also involve the use of light hand weights and stretch bands, light aerobics and gentle stretches.  Classes are run in small groups (about 6-8 to a class) at midday each Tuesday and Thursday, excluding public holidays.

Cost: $19 per class (prepaid). Rebates are available with most health funds.

Duration: 60 minutes

What should I wear?

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes such as fitted gym clothes (e.g. tights) or loose fitting clothing, ensuring that the body is not restricted when bending or stretching. Pilates is best performed with bare feet.

Who can exercise?

Although most people are suitable for our exercise classes, some are not (due to certain health risk factors) and it is important that you are assessed before commencing a class. At Menai District Physio we require all new pilates patients to do a pilates assessment, a pilates introduction workshop or both (see below).

Pilates introduction workshop

This workshop is only for patients who have no prior pilates experience. It provides the foundational pilates skills to ensure a smooth transition into one’s class and to ensure the effective execution of exercises in the class setting.

Cost: $95 (duration: approximately 40 minutes).

Pilates assessment

The assessment is for patients not currently seeing an MDP physio or for patients who require an assessment by their health fund in order to claim a rebate on their pilates classes. The assessment screens patients to determine their appropriateness for pilates and ensures that each patient receives an exercise prescription designed uniquely for them. The assessment is conducted by an MDP Physiotherapist, although in certain cases, if required by your private health fund, an MDP Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) can conduct the assessment – see below for information about claiming with health funds.

Cost: $95 (duration: approximately 40 minutes).

Pilates introduction workshop AND Pilates assessment

Patients who are not referred by an MDP physio and who also have no prior pilates experience will require both the workshop and the assessment.

Cost: $120 (duration: approximately 60 minutes).

Payment policy and health fund claims

Class payments and make-up classes

Payment is on a per term basis (i.e. for a 10 week term an upfront payment of $240 is required). At the end of each class, each client is given a receipt which they can send to their health fund to claim (if their health fund covers pilates).

Missed classes may be made up anytime during the term if there is a place available. Some classes will also be available during the school holidays following each term for clients who wish to do make-up classes. Clients who have used up all of their deposit during the 10 week term are also welcome to attend these classes at the pre-paid rate ($24/class) and just pay on the day.

Sign up sheets for school holiday classes will be available in the last 2 weeks of the term or you can call 9543 0199 to book. Not every class will necessarily run during the school holidays, depending on demand. However we do hope to offer a variety of class days and times to suit the majority of people.

At the end of the school holidays, any remaining deposit will not be transferable to the following term.

 Pilates assessments and health fund claims

Please note that many health funds now require annual Pilates Assessments before granting rebates for Pilates classes. Please check the policy of your health fund to ensure you have satisfied their requirements for claiming.

See above for information regarding Pilates Assessments.

 Practitioners running the classes

At MDP our classes are run either by our physiotherapists or an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP).

 What is an AEP?

AEPs are 4-year degree qualified allied health professionals who solely specialise in the delivery of exercise-based interventions for people with and without health problems. AEPs are trained in assessing individuals for exercised-based interventions, and in the prescription and delivery of these interventions, in a manner tailored toward your individual needs.

If your pilates class is instructed by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and you want to claim pilates under Exercise Physiology you may need to have your assessment completed by an AEP rather than a physio.

For more information on the services AEPs offer, please see our brochure: “Exercise Physiology at MDP” at reception or on our website: www.menaidistrictphysio.com au.

 Will I have the same practitioner each class?

Each class is assigned to an individual practitioner. While we do strive to maintain consistency of practitioner within our classes, this can change without notice when the practitioner is unwell or on holidays, or occasionally with notice when the practitioner’s work timetable has changed. Changes to the timetable can result when a staff member leaves or a new member comes on board, or to accommodate a staff member’s outside interests (e.g. sport training schedules).