We offer classes to suit all ages and ability levels, all taught by Chartered Physiotherapists.
Pilates is a form of body conditioning that focuses on developing a strong core by using the deep abdominal muscles to control movement and postures. Pilates develops muscle tone throughout the body and improves flexibility, posture, body awareness, balance and breathing.
We offer classes to suit all ages and ability levels. We can cater for the keen sports person, the weekend warrior, those who are not so fit and people recovering from serious illness.
Our classes at Total Physio continuing all year, so you can keep maintaining your strength and mobility! Call us now to sign up!
Classes start from 27th February and run for 7 weeks. All of our classes are taught by Chartered Physiotherapists, who are experts in how the body moves.
- All classes are payable in advance
- 7 week course of Pilates / Strength Classes, taught by a Chartered Physio, costs just €105
- Pregnancy classes are run on a rolling basis, and can be joined at any time, subject to spaces!
- If you are unsure what level would suit you, please call us and we can advise you!
- Please note that parking is on a first come, first served basis. There is parking at the park and ride at Stillorgan luas stop, or you can come by luas and get off at Sandyford
- Don’t miss out, sign up now by calling us on 01-2137000
Don't just listen to us, hear what our class participants have to say about the classes here at Total Physio:
- "It was my first pilates experience and I loved it"
- "Beginners classes were educational, helped bring awareness and allowed me to discover my core. Pilates has been something of a revelation for me. I'm a convert!"
- "The level was consistently challenging and motivational."
- "I find myself more flexible and more stable than I was before. I found Shane quite focused on everyone's different abilities which was great."
We are always happy to add classes to our schedule subject to numbers, so let us know if you are interested in more class times!
What are the benefits of Pilates?
- Improved muscle tone & strength without adding muscle bulk
- Better posture
- Increased flexibility
- Reduced stress on your joints and muscles
- Stronger spine
- Stronger bones
- Injury prevention
- Increased energy levels
- Improved immune system
- Improved sleep
- Improved physical & mental health
What should I wear?
Comfortable and loose fitting clothing. No trainers are required
Do I need to bring anything?
Bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated during the class. All the equipment, such as mats, resistance band, physio balls and fit circles, that you will need will be provided for you during your class.
Will Pilates improve my sport performance?
Absolutely! Many top athletes are now making Pilates an integral part of their fitness programme to enhance their performance. All athletes know about the crucial importance of stretching, suppleness and flexibility. Well, these are the very fitness components that Pilates enhances!
Pilates is a super way of improving:
- Mobility & flexibility
- Muscle strength
- Co-ordination & muscle timing
- Core stability
- Injury prevention & recovery
All sports have their own key patterns of movement. Repeated use of these movement patterns can result in muscular imbalance. Less relevant muscle groups can become weak and inefficient, with the more predominant muscles becoming bulky and tight. Pilates focuses on the body as a whole, aiming to rebalance muscles and improve postural alignment to give a stronger and more efficient body.
Is Pilates suitable if I have an Injury?
Yes of course! All our Pilates instructors are Chartered Physiotherapists and can guide you through a Pilates programme to speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of recurrence.
Please tell your instructor when you are starting your course about the nature of your injury and what stage in your recovery you are at.
Is Pilates suitable after serious illness?
Most definitely! Our Pilates instructors are Chartered Physiotherapists with extensive knowledge of how the body works. If you are very weak we recommend a 1:1 session with a physiotherapist before joining one of our classes. This will allow us to assess your posture and strength and any areas of weakness or concerns will be highlighted and the exercises will be tailored to suit you. We commonly have people who have recovered from different forms of cancer and from heart attacks in our classes.
I am reasonably fit, will I benefit from Pilates?
Yes! There is a natural progression from basic Pilates exercises to the more advanced exercises. The exercise programme will be tailored to challenge your body, whatever level you are at.
Is Pilates safe during pregnancy?
Yes! Each exercise is specifically chosen to challenge you while supporting you through the many changes in your body as your pregnancy progresses.
Pregnancy Pilates is a great way to tone and maintain good postural strength during this time. The strength gains achieved will keep you fitter as your bumps grows larger (and larger!). Pilates will also strengthen you to manage the new positions you'll be in as a new Mum, such as feeding, carrying car seats, and lifting and pushing the buggy.
Pregnancy Pilates is taught by Chartered Physiotherapists who have completed specialised training in pregnancy Pilates.
Pregnancy Pilates will:
- Strengthen the areas prone to weakness from ligament laxity, such as your pelvis and lower back
- Stretch the areas prone to tightness from postural changes, such as your chest, neck and upper spine
- Limit fluid retention
- Help minimise pelvic pain and joint discomfort
- Become a great meeting place for all you mums-to-be where you can compare notes and plan for maternity leave outings!
How soon should I start postnatal pilates?
A postnatal pilates class can begin after your 6 week checkup (normal delivery) or after 10 weeks (after a Caesarian Section).
Post natal classes run subject to numbers. If you are interested in signing up, please call us. Once we have 3 people signed up, we can run the class!
What are the benefits of attending a postnatal pilates class?
Postnatal pilates focuses on working postural muscles, overworked pelvic floor muscles and helps tone the tummy (which is the main aim of most of our new Mums!). Postnatal pilates classes are great building blocks for getting you strong enough to return to your pre-pregnancy sporting activities.
If I find the class I am in too fast for my ability, can I move to a more suitable level?
Of course! At all times it is vital that you are happy with the standard of your class.
If you find it too fast for your ability, or indeed if you are too good for the class you find yourself in, please talk to your instructor immediately so that we may find a class better suited to your ability.
How do I register for classes?
How can I make a payment?
Once you have registered with us and booked into a class that suits you, payment may be made by cash, cheque or visa. We regret that we cannot confirm your place in the class until payment has been received in full.
What is Fit 4 Golf Pilates?
It is a new and exciting pilates workshop that we run intermittently at Total Physio. It doesn't matter if you have the best golf clubs money can buy, your body has to be able to swing that club without a hitch.
Golf is a game of asymmetry, extreme spinal ranges of motion and high velocity. Fit 4 Golf Pilates aims to create symmetry and balance, improve co-ordination, muscular endurance and flexibility.
Do I need to play golf to attend the Fit 4 Golf pilates class?
Not necessarily. While the workshop will be aimed at those who like to play golf, it will still work on the basic principles of pilates (breathing, pelvic placement, shoulder blade and rib cage placement and head and neck stability). This workshop will also suit anyone who plays another asymmetrical sport, such as tennis or squash, and will help restore balance and strength on both sides of the body.
What is the history of Pilates?
Pilates was founded by the late Joseph Pilates, who was born in 1880 near Düsseldorf, Germany. He was a frail child and developed an exercise programme to improve his body image. While he was interned during the First World War, he developed a fitness programme for his fellow internees in order to maintain their health and fitness levels. He always claimed that his regime was the reason why not one of these internees died from the influenza epidemic that killed thousands in 1918. Returning to Germany, he began to work with dancers and trained the Hamburg police force in self-defence. He then emigrated to the United States of America and set up a fitness studio in New York, beside the New York City Ballet. He worked closely with the 'elite' New York ballet dancers, as his exercises perfected and complemented their exercise programme. He attracted those who wanted to do a workout to build strength without adding bulk, balancing strength with flexibility.