Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I wear?

A: To a physiotherapy consultation - If you require treatment on your lower body (legs, hips, lower back, knees etc) please make sure you wear or bring a pair of shorts with you so your Physiotherapist can properly assess the area. If you require treatment on your upper body or back, please bring or wear a T-Shirt or singlet. You may need to remove some clothing, sometimes down to your underwear so the Physiotherapist can access the treatment area. You will be covered with towels during the treatment. Please bring your sneakers if it is a sports or running injury.

To an equipment Pilates consultation - In your first assessment, you will be having a ultrasound scan on your deep abdominals. Please wear something so the physiotherapists can access your stomach.

To equipment Pilates, mat Pilates class, stretch class, core class and yoga class - Wear loose comfortable clothing or something you would normally wear to exercise in.

Q: Do I need a doctor’s referral?
A: No

Q: Can you send me for an X-ray/scan?
A: Yes, but you won’t always get a Medicare rebate.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Any referrals from doctors/podiatrist etc and any X-ray/scans (doesn’t matter how old they are) and your running shoes (if you are a runner).

Q: How often will I need to come to physio?
A: This is dependent on the type and severity of your injury. Your physio will discuss this with you during your appointment.

Q: Can I do an on-the-spot claim on my private health fund?
Yes, under physiotherapy and massage cover for all funds except GU corporate health.

Q: What is the usual rebate from private health insurance funds?
A: This is dependent on your health fund as well as the level of cover you have individually. If you would like to know the exact amount you will claim on a service at Revive, please call 3366 0500 and our receptionists can provide you with the claiming codes so you can ask your health fund.

Q: What is Pilates?
A: Over the years Pilates has taken on many different shapes and forms as it has passed from teacher to teacher. Some styles have taken on a genuinely therapeutic approach and are taught in a slower and more deliberate manner.  Others have maintained an athletic and more dynamic approach focussing more on movement and rhythm.  In it's essence Pilates is meant to stretch and strengthen the body in keeping with balance and alignment.   Posture, length, and muscle control is at Pilates'core and many different styles of teaching are employed to reach these goals.

There has been much controversy over what can be deemed true Pilates, and in some cases we must agree to disagree.  However Joseph Pilates, in his own books, made it clear that his method was meant to propel us forward to becoming responsible and in control of our bodies and our health.   He sought to enlighten, invigorate, and empower us and to that end you must find what works best for you and your lifestyle, and your goals.
For more information on Pilates, see our Pilates page

Q: What are the different types of Pilates I can do?  What is mat Pilates and what is exercise therapy (equipment Pilates)?
A: There are two different ways you can carry out exercise therapy. It involves the use of very specialised equipment that allows the addition of spring resistance to movement and/or the support of bodyweight to make an exercise more or less challenging and very specific.  The repertoire on the equipment is endless making for an interesting exercise experience.  Exercise therapy is the most suitable form of Pilates for anyone with musculoskeletal issues such as back or neck pain, during and after pregnancy or for those wanting a specific intense workout tailored to their specific needs.  Exercise therapy is either carried out one on one with an instructor or in a small group of no more than three people - each person does their own individualised program under the supervision of an instructor.  Your sessions will still include some exercises on the floor and we ensure we give you some exercises you can perform at home.

Mat Pilates is performed in a class setting , so everyone does the same or similar exercises.  This form of Pilates is done on the floor on a mat, and can be very challenging as you use bodyweight and gravity to provide resistance to the exercises.

Both forms of Pilates have benefits - if you are unsure of what will be more suitable for you give us a call at the studio and talk to our friendly staff. 

Q: What are the benefits of this type of conditioning equipment?
A: Core conditioning equipment is highly versatile. It facilitates hundreds of exercise variations, is no-impact (and therefore easy on the joints), allows for modifications for those with injuries/conditions, allows for three-dimensional movement/conditioning, and is suitable for a wide variety of clients (from rehab to pro athlete). It also facilitates balanced strength & flexibility, provides eccentric/concentric muscle contraction (resistance on the in and out moves), total musculo-skeletal conditioning (muscles & postural alignment), and facilitates core conditioning and peripheral mobility.

We are working to recreate your approach to exercise. By using the Pilates movements and philosophy, you will create a system that is the most beneficial to your individual body and lifestyle. You are reteaching your body lessons of correct form and movements that will stay with you for a lifetime. The overall goal is to break bad habits and to connect to and form an alliance with your body. For most this means the enjoyment of moving correctly and reaping the benefits of what that brings: better posture, a strong centre, and a feeling of well-being.

Q:  How often should I do Pilates?
A: We recommend 2-3 times per week. This frequency will ensure you see results.

Q: Can I lose weight just doing Pilates?
A: Pilates can be a positive addition to your overall weight loss program. Weight loss occurs when the number of calories consumed is less than the number of calories expended. The most successful and healthy way to achieve weight loss is an exercise plan that includes an aerobic component coupled with a strength training component and following a balanced diet.

Combining pilates with aerobic exercise also offers additional benefits: greater mind-body connection, improved posture, flexibility and functionality.