What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed in the early 20th century by a German physical trainer called Joseph Pilates who was born in 1880. He had several illnesses as a child and as he grew he studied various forms of exercise including body building, yoga and even gymnastics to try and overcome his own problems. He then developed a series of exercises to suit himself  which improved his physical and mental well being and he became exceptionally fit and these exercises became what pilates now is.http://kilkennyphysioclinic.com/pilates-in-kilkenny/

Years later in America he began working with dancers, gymnasts and athletes and developed Pilates as a form of exercise for all.

Over the years many organisations have used the same principles of Pilates exercise as established by Mr Pilates, but put their own slant on them hence many very effective and safe forms of Pilates have emerged.

The Instructors who do Pilates in Kilkenny Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic and our sister clinic, the Core Clinic Ltd., in Clontubrid, Freshford, are qualified in the Stott Pilates Technique or the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute, (APPI) Pilates. All instructors are also Chartered Physiotherapists, as we feel this is best for the client.

We also teach Stability Ball classes which are in essence a form of pilates using and exercise ball

Chartered Physiotherapists, who have completed a Degree in Physiotherapy will have an in-depth understanding of Normal Movement and will be best equipped to teach these detailed exercises effectively and safely.

Core principles of Pilates

There are eight principles as described by Joseph Pilates:

  • Relaxation
  • Concentration
  • Co-ordination
  • Alignment
  • Breathing
  • Flowing movement
  • Empowering the centre
  • Stamina

When these principles are applied and taught effectively and safely, Pilates helps to:

  • Strengthen and tone muscle
  • Improve posture
  • Improve co-ordination
  • Provide flexibility and balance
  • Relieve stress and tension


Can anyone do pilates?

Pilates are a very suitable exercise for anyone to do providing they are well taught.

Pilates when Recovering from Injury

Many people who suffer injury and are recovering from or have problems with their back, neck, legs etc will benefit from Pilates. We offer well structured classes with small numbers to facilitate careful supervision in Kilkenny Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic. Sometimes it is advisable to begin with our back class if the client is not yet ready for Pilates, your therapist will decide if you are ready or not.

Pilates for chronic pain

Many people suffer in silence. Some because they don’t have time to get sorted, some because they always put themselves last, some because they cant afford physiotherapy, some just put it on the long finger and some just don’t realise that help is at hand. Pilates is a great solution for chronic pain and problems.
Pilates is a great way of relieving yourself of low grade long term aches and pains without huge cost. It is a form of exercise that, when well mastered, can be used as an effective home exercise programme to maintain flexibility and core strength.

Pilates for Healthy Individuals 

Pilates is perfect for healthy individuals. This is an ideal form of exercise for building up Core Strength and flexibility to help you with every day activities, improve performance at sport and prevent many sporting injuries.
Our pilates are done in our Pilates studio on the Dublin rd, and in our Sister Clinic, the Core Clinic in Clontubrid, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny where we have more space and the classes can progress on to Intermediate and Advanced standard

Men’s Pilates

Pilates is suitable for men. In fact it was designed by a man.  Usually men are just too embarrassed to turn up, and think that Pilates is a woman’s thing, but that is so far from the truth, we find that our men work exceptionally hard in the classes and do extremely well in them. Don’t worry – there’s no Lycra involved!!!!

Teen’s Pilates

We have special pilates classes to suit teenagers, some of the exercises are modified and done using an exercise ball to keep the interest. Most feel a huge difference in their posture, flexibility and some in their sporting ability especially in reducing injuries.

Children’s Pilates

We have special pilates classes to suit children, while we address core strength, flexibility, coordination, and speed, we modify the exercises to become fun as well as effective.

Stability Ball Pilates

To provide variety and challenges to our Pilates classes, we do complete classes on the exercise ball.

Pilates for Elderly/Osteoporosis

Our classes for the elderly are designed to get the over 60s, and those with osteopaena or osteoporosis working on their posture and inner strength, to delay that downward trend of the elderly spine.

Pre & Post Natal Pilates

Well instructed and structured classes are perfect during pregnancy and just after. Depending on numbers these classes may take place in Kilkenny Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic or in our Sister Clinic, the Core Clinic Ltd., Clontubrid, Freshford.

See Pregnancy Pilates for more information

Pilates During Pregnancy (Pre – Natal / Ante-Natal) in Kilkenny

  •   Safe form of exercise (When properly instructed)
  •   Retrain Pelvic Floor & Prepare body for birth
  •   Prevent Backache during Pregnancy
  •   Improve Posture during Pregnancy
  •   Help with Relaxation
  •   Recreation & Time to Yourself
  •   Meet other Mothers to be

Pilates Post Pregnancy (Post – Natal) in Kilkenny

  •   Safe form of exercise (When properly instructed)
  •   Tone Up & Bring Body back into shape
  •   Release Back after pressures of pregnancy
  •   Retrain Pelvic Floor
  •   Prepare body for more strenuous Exercise
  •   Recreation & Social Element
  •   Time to Yourself away from baby or
  •   Bring your baby with you


Core Clinic Pilates through Kilkenny Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic Ltd.

This is a purpose built Pilates studio in Clontubrid, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny. We cater for all the above groups and do  classes through Kilkenny Physiotherapy Clinic in Kilkenny City.


All courses must be paid for on or before the first night. No Refunds or carrying forward to another term for missed classes. Missed nights may be made up in another class during any given term,  if spaces are available and requested.

To enroll in any of the above classes use 1 of the following options:

  • Use our contact us page and enter your details and your preference of classes
  • Call 056 7752258 for Kilkenny Classes
  • Call 086 6611163 for Freshford Classes