Equipment Pilates

At Revive Ashgrove we use Clinical Pilates exercises along with a range of rehabilitation tools and equipment to deliver our Exercise Therapy sessions.  

Exercises and stretches are performed on very specialised pieces of equipment, such as the reformer, cadillac (or trapeze table), wunda chair, spine corrector and ladder barrel. We also have other therapeutic equipment such as a Galileo (whole body vibration machine), bosus, and more for use during these sessions.

Using equipment, exercise becomes more specific and specialised as body parts can be supported, and resistance can be added or taken away. This can increase or decrease the challenge of an exercise. The repertoire of exercises that can be performed on the equipment is endless, meaning that you will never become bored with your program.

At Revive, we strongly recommend exercise therapy sessions for anyone with musculo-skeletal or medical issues such as back or neck pain, fibromyalgia, joint pain or stiffness, and pregnancy.

When starting exercise therapy sessions, we have a basic requirement that you complete three hours of one-on-one training with a physiotherapist and instructor. During these sessions you will be assessed and taught the basic principles of good exercise form, your deep abdominal muscles will be scanned with a "real-time" ultrasound machine, and your program will be formulated with your specific needs in mind.

Once your physiotherapist is satisfied that you are ready, you are able to participate in sessions with up to three other clients on specialised equipment under close guidance.  Some people may prefer to continue training one-on-one for the closer attention of the instructor.

Exercise Therapy training is a superior workout in many ways; your program is designed specifically for you and your needs following an in depth assessment with an experienced physiotherapist.  The increased specificity and intensity of the workout means you will see faster and more noticeable results. We recommend that all exercise therapy participants do at least 2 equipment sessions per week to see results. These sessions run throughout the day on the hour.  Once you have completed your initial three sessions you will be eligible to start group training. Bookings are essential.

Initial Assessment and one-on-one session (obligatory)
This is a one hour session with a physiotherapist.  It involves assessment of your strength, flexibility, balance and any injuries you have; an ultrasound scan on your deep abdominal muscles and the basic principles of pilates.  From this session your physiotherapist will design your personalized program of exercises.

Second and third sessions (obligatory)
These sessions can be with a physiotherapist or pilates instructor.  During these two one hour sessions you will become familiar with the equipment and consolidate your program so you can move into group training with confidence.

Personal one hour session
You may choose to work one on one with an instructor to clarify exercises, to extend your program or simply because you prefer to work one on one.  Think of this as pilates personal training.

ETS (Exercise therapy sessions)
One hour training session with two to three other clients (i.e. max 4 in a group).  You do your own personalised program under the supervision of a therapist/instructor.

5 personal sessions pass
You can reduce the cost of your personal training by purchasing a card of 5 sessions (these must be used within 6mths of purchase)

10 group session pass
You can reduce the cost of your group training by purchasing a pack of 10 groups.

20 group session pass
Designed for the dedicated Pilates client, these cards further reduce the cost of group training.


If you see a pilates instructor and are claiming your exercise therapy sessions on your health fund under physiotherapy cover, you MUST have regular contact with a physiotherapist.  This is a requirement of your health fund in order for you to claim.

You are therefore required to have a RESCAN and REASSESSMENT session (1hr) with a physiotherapist every tenth session.  This session will be a chance for you to see your abdominal muscles activating again to see your progress and check if you are still recruiting these muscles correctly.  Your physiotherapist will also be re-assessing your stability, flexibility and strength to give you feedback about your progress and revisit and update your goals.

There will be some changes to your exercise therapy program – you may receive new exercises, some progressions or some changes.  Your program will not markedly change, but you should feel more focused and confident about your exercises.  This session is also a chance to speak to your physiotherapist about any injury, mobility or pain issues and explore physiotherapy treatment concurrently with exercise therapy to accelerate your rehabilitation.

Please note this session is not included in any group card purchases.

Reprogram +/- Rescan

If you are a regular exercise therapy participant, you will find from time-to-time, the need to add to and progress your program.  To prevent you from getting bored with your sessions, you can completely change your program or just change some of it.  You may just wish to be working harder and feel the need for a more challenging program.  We would advise you to book a REPROGRAM session (1hr).  You can book this session with a pilates instructor or physiotherapist (your choice).  If you do this session with a pilates instructor and you wish to claim on your health fund, then you MUST have contact with a physiotherapist during this hour.  We do have a pilates instructor who is registered with health funds and you can claim on your pilates cover (rather then physiotherapy cover) if you see Jenny.  Please note there is a price difference to have a reprogram with a physiotherapist.  Following any major changes to your program, we strongly recommend that you follow up this session with a one-on-one session to consolidate and learn your new exercises correctly before returning to group training.

Please note this session is not included in any group card purchases.


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