CLASSES

All of our classes are run by experienced Chartered Physiotherapists. We keep our class numbers small which allows us to give individual attention to each class participant.

Our classes run in blocks of six weeks with each class lasting 1 hour. The cost of a 6 week block is €90. Please see our FAQ and Class Schedule for more information.

Please note: We require new clients to our clinic to attend an Initial Physiotherapy Assessment prior to joining our classes (except for mums-to-be who are joining an ante-natal class).

We are a Physiotherapy clinic first and foremost. Our extensive range of classes and rehab sessions complement our physiotherapy treatments and are designed specifically for our clients.

It is essential that we as Chartered Physiotherapists have a full understanding of our clients needs and requirements. As a result, we require all new clients to our clinic to attend an Initial Physiotherapy Assessment first.

Your Initial Physiotherapy Assessment allows us to fully understand your individual physical condition, history and abilities. During the session we identify your needs and help to set your goals. You will get advice and recommendations on the most appropriate class or intervention for you.

If you are recommended to join a class, your Chartered Physiotherapist will use the information gathered from your Initial Physiotherapy Assessment to monitor your progress and modify your exercises accordingly. This ensures you can progress safely and get the most benefit from your class.

The cost of an Initial Physiotherapy Assessment is €90 for a one-hour assessment session. Initial Physiotherapy Assessments qualify under most health insurance schemes.

At Pilates Physiotherapy Cork our classes are led by Chartered Physiotherapists who plan and instruct classes based on the needs and goals of each class participant. 

How do we do this? Everyone who attends our classes is either an existing patient or has attended an Initial Physiotherapy Assessment. From the date of your first appointment with us, we keep a full Physiotherapy record of each treatment and class that you attend. 

In advance of each block of classes, our Physiotherapists review the notes of each class participant and based on this information, they adapt exercises and plan exercise sequences. During each class, our Physiotherapists monitor every participant and will tailor instructions for individuals where necessary. We also keep our class numbers small, which allows us to give each class participants the attention they need. 

When you join a class at Pilates Physiotherapy Cork, you can be assured that all the exercises you do are safe and appropriate for you. Because classes are tailored to your individual needs, you can also be certain that you have the best chance of achieving your goals, whether that’s recovering from injury or improving your physical ability. 

Pilates Classes

Pilates is a series of exercises that can be used to improve our movement awareness, flexibility, strength, control and endurance. As Chartered Physiotherapists we modify these exercises to suit all abilities and physical conditions. We use Pilates exercises in our classes to build strength, help alleviate pain and symptons, improve fitness and help you to reach your rehab goals.

Our Pilates Fundamentals class is a beginners level class. This class incorporates principles of Pilates that are beneficial to healthy living, including breath awareness and an appreciation of efficient movement patterns. 

Beneficial for:

          • Improving body awareness, coordination and control
          • Improving ability and endurance for day to day living
          • Managing pain or dysfunction 

Suitable For: Everyone regardless of physical fitness, age, ability or previous Pilates experience.

Class Requirement: New clients to the clinic are required to complete an Initial Physiotherapy Assessment

Our Pilates Masters class incorporates more challenging Pilates exercises at an intermediate and advanced level. This class delivers a work out that complements all training regimes.

Beneficial For:

          • Anyone looking to complement their weekly exercise regime with a whole body, movement awareness class
          • Increasing your fitness, strength and ability

Suitable For: Those who want to maintain a higher level of strength, endurance and flexibility.

Class Requirement: Completion of our Pilates Fundamentals class

There is a lot of evidence to support the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. Our Ante-Natal Pilates class helps mums-to-be to maintain and improve flexibility and general fitness throughout pregnancy.

Our classes are led by Chartered Physiotherapists so you can be assured you are exercising in a safe environment.

Beneficial For:

          • Maintaining fitness and muscle tone during your pregnancy
          • Learn how to proactively manage any pregnancy related aches and pains you may experience
          • Learn about the importance of pelvic health during childbearing years

Suitable For: All mums to be.

Class Requirement: Completed Pre-screening Questionnaire including consent of your GP or Obstetrician. If you are having twins or triplets please let us know on your questionnaire. Please contact our clinic for your questionnaire.

Our Post-natal Pilates class helps you return to fitness following your pregnancy. Led by our experienced Chartered Physiotherapists, you can exercise in a safe and relaxing environment under close supervision.

We also run a Mum & Baby post-natal class where the focus is on Mum but your little one is welcome too. If your baby is crawling then you may not get as much from this session. If you get the opportunity to come alone to a Mum and Baby class, we encourage that too.

Beneficial For:

          • Learning about how to manage your postnatal recovery and return to fitness
          • Managing pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and other postnatal issues

Suitable For: Mums who are at least 6 weeks post-natal.

Class Requirement: Initial Postnatal Physiotherapy Assessment with our specialist Women’s Health physios, Seana Ryle, Katie Gould, Jo Chapple or Eithne Fitzpatrick

Strength & Conditioning Classes

In our Strength & Conditioning classes we use circuits style exercise, cardio-vascular workouts, weight training and functional fitness approaches to build strength, endurance and improve overall well-being. These classes are ideal for those looking to work-out under the close supervision of a Chartered Physiotherapist. We offer a range of Strength and Conditioning classes for different abilities and client needs.

These classes cover principles of strength & conditioning training, cardiovascular exercise and functional fitness work to improve your overall ability and wellbeing. These higher intensity classes are run under the close supervision of our Chartered Physiotherapists.  

Beneficial For:

          • Returning to fitness post-injury, dysfunction or pain
          • Improving strength, fitness and endurance
          • Learning principles of strength and conditioning training, cardiovascular work and functional fitness.

Suitable For: Anyone who wants to improve their fitness with a higher intensity exercise class

Class Requirement: New clients to the clinic are required to complete an Initial Physiotherapy Assessment. A minimum requirement for the class is to be able to get up from the floor independently.

These sessions are ideally suited for people who are looking for individual, tailored rehab approach. These sessions focus on the clients individual specific rehab goals e.g, post-op or post-injury rehab / return to sport / improving day to day function. 

These groups run as ‘Pay As You Go’ sessions (pre-booking is essential) and spaces are offered on a first come, first serve basis. A maximum of four people can book into these sessions at a time. Some people opt to attend regularly during their period of rehab, others attend once a fortnight, once a month or just as they need to to monitor and progress their home or gym program accordingly. 

Beneficial For:

          • Specific individual rehab goals and requirements e.g. post-injury / post-op / return to sport
          • People who require more flexibility in their strength and conditioning rehab sessions e.g. shift work

Suitable For: Anyone looking for individual, tailored rehab sessions supervised by a Chartered Physiotherapist

Class Requirement: New clients to the clinic are required to complete an Initial Physiotherapy Assessment. A minimum requirement for the class is to be able to get up from the floor independently.

Strength and Conditioning exercise classes for mums who want to return to fitness postnatally in a safe and relaxing environment under close supervision of a Chartered Physiotherapist.

If your baby is crawling then you may not get as much from these sessions. If you get the opportunity to come alone to a Mum and Baby class, we encourage that too.

Beneficial For:

          • Learning how to manage postnatal recovery and return to fitness appropriately
          • Managing pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and other post-natal issues including diastasis, with appropriate, graded exercise and activity
          • Learning how to scale exercises appropriately to suit your own postnatal journey

Suitable for: Mums who are at least 6 weeks postnatal

Class Requirement: Initial Postnatal Physiotherapy Assessment with our specialist Women’s Health physios, Seana Ryle, Katie Gould, Eithne Fitzpatrick or Jo Chapple

These exercise classes are specifically designed for people, who for many different reasons, may be very cautious or nervous of exercise and activity. Serious illness, fear of falling (or a history of falls), pain, dysfunction, poor health and low confidence can all be common barriers to exercise for some people. In the Active and Well class we aim to help people overcome these barriers. 

Beneficial For:

          • Improving confidence with exercise and activity
          • Learning how to pace and progress your exercises appropriately

Suitable For:

          • Any-one who has health conditions or concerns, which makes it hard for them to find a route into exercise.
          • People who are finding that day to day tasks are getting more difficult

Class Requirement: New clients to the clinic are required to complete Initial Physiotherapy Assessment with our specialist Healthy Ageing Chartered Physiotherapist, Sinead Curran

These exercise classes are specifically targeted for people who have been diagnosed with bone health issues such as Osteoporosis, Osteopenia or have a high risk of fragility fractures. In the classes you will learn principles important for building stronger bones and reducing fracture risk. These classes are run by Sinead Curran, our specialised Bone Health Chartered Physiotherapist. 

Beneficial For:

          • Strength training, fitness and well-being
          • Balance, posture and body awareness work
          • Learning how to exercise safely while managing bone health conditions

Suitable For: Are for any-one who has been diagnosed with Osteoporosis, Osteopenia or who has a risk of fragility fractures.

Class Requirement: New clients to the clinic are required to complete and Initial Bone Health Physiotherapy Assessment with our specialist Bone Health Physio, Sinead Curran

Yoga Classes

Yoga classes focus on slow, relaxed movement patterns and flow with elements of mindfulness and relaxation. Exercises are progressively challenging and develop your strength, flexibility and endurance.

Hatha style yoga classes led by our fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapist and yoga teacher, Eithne Fitzpatrick. This class focusses on slow, gentle movement patterns and flow, with elements of mindfulness and relaxation. Exercises are progressively challenging and develop your strength, flexibility and endurance. 

Benefits:

          • Improving body and movement awareness, flexibility, strength and ability
          • Learning how mindfulness and relaxation are essential adjuncts to wellbeing and health

Suitable For: Everyone regardless of physical fitness, age, ability or previous Yoga experience.

Class Requirement: New clients to the clinic are required to complete an Initial Physiotherapy Assessment.