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Clinical Pilates and Classes

What's different about Pilates at Bodyreform?

The Bodyreform difference is that our physiotherapists teach most of our clinical Pilates classes, so you know you’re in safe hands.

If you’re injured or suffer from pain, clinical Pilates training by a qualified Physiotherapist is an important part of your rehabilitation and ongoing wellbeing.

Likewise, if you’re fit and active and looking to improve your core strength, Pilates is an excellent complement to any gym or training programme, making you stronger and more agile, and increasing your flexibility and resistance to injury.

No matter what your age, clinical Pilates is a method for building core strength and improving spine power, posture and body awareness.  Quite simply, clinical Pilates can transform the way your body looks, feels and performs.

Our Pilates classes get results, it's that simple

Whatever your reason for improving core strength, Bodyreform offers some of the most effective Pilates one-on-one and group mat and equipment classes.

If you’re new to Pilates, our classes will teach you how to identify and activate the specific core muscles that stabilise your spine. These spine-stabilising muscles switch off after back pain lasting more than a few weeks.  When this happens, these core muscles need to be retrained to function correctly.

In our experience, most people who start Pilates need a few one-on-one sessions to learn how to identify and activate their core muscles. Once you’re able to do this, you can then choose between continuing with one-on-one Pilates tuition or joining one of our group Pilates mat or equipment classes.

We offer classes in our comfortable Pilates clinic in Grey Lynn. Please refer to our Pilates classes for more information.

Why Focus On The Core?

The Pilates method is more than 100 years old and uses a series of original exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. More recently, physiotherapists have adapted these exercises to improve safety and exercise efficiency to facilitate core and spine strength. Physiotherapists using evidence-based research are best placed to assess and teach correct lower back (lumbar) stabilisation to our clients. We get results because we use a combination of physiotherapy assessment, ultrasound imaging, education and 1-1 teaching.

The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. These muscles work in layers – the deeper muscles attach directly to the spine and work to stabilise it, while the surface muscles work to move the spine. If the deeper muscles don’t work correctly or are inhibited because of lower back pain or injury, the surface muscles need to work harder to stabilise the spine and hold you upright so you can freely move your arms and legs.

More traditional forms of exercise are not specific to lumbar stabilisation (core strength/spine strength) and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. Having a strong core means that all the muscles in the trunk of your body are strong and flexible, and are working together to support and stabilise the spine.

The benefits of core strength

Clinical Pilates builds core strength without adding excess bulk to create a sleeker, stronger, and more toned body.  With core strength comes:

  • a stronger back
  • improved posture
  • great spine and joint flexibility
  • improved balance
  • more easy and graceful movement
  • reduced pain levels

Pilates Classes in Auckland

Clinical Pilates is the integration of evidence-based physiotherapy with Pilates. Taught by physiotherapists, clinical Pilates is a progressive exercise training directed at developing your core strength improved body awareness and global strength (your outside muscles).

By strengthening your key muscles for ensuring a strong and stable trunk, lengthening short muscles and correcting your posture and the way you move, our Pilates classes will enable you to rehabilitate from injury or pain, and prevent the risk of these reoccurring.

Pilates classes sizes are small: To ensure you receive quality instruction for maximum results, we keep our Pilates mat classes small, with no more than five or six people per session.  Our Pilates equipment classes cater for three or four people per hour. Private classes can be arranged by appointment. Please email

Bookings are essential and a concession rate is offered for attendance at consecutive classes.

Please note: We require at least 12 hours notice if you are unable to attend your booked class.  Shorter notice or failure to attend your class will incur the full charge.

Our Pilates classes are a short drive from Mt Eden, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay and Pt Chev.

Pilates Mat Classes

Pilates Mat Classes:   If your pain is managed and you are aware of your body injury, a Pilates mat class may be a good place to start.  It’s a group run mat session that utilises exercises which facilitate spine flexibility and strengthen gluteal and abdominal muscles.  During the course of your mat class, the Pilates instructor will teach you the fundamentals and principles of Pilates.  

Our Auckland Pilates mat classes teach you how to correctly activate your deep abdominals (core strength) that support your lower back.  Exercise performed in class is aimed at further strengthening your abdominals and spine.

During your class, we will use a variety of small equipment, such as triad balls, dense foam rollers, hand weights, resistance circles and therabands to improve your core muscle strength.

Our small class numbers (no more than 5 or 6 people per session) allows for close supervision of technique, ensuring you get the most benefit out of each Pilates session.  Pregnant women are also welcome to our Pilates mat classes.

Pilates Mat Classes Room

Our Pilates mat classes are held every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning.

Day Times
Tuesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Saturday Pilates Classes 11:00am – 12:00pm Current unavailable

Pilates Equipment Classes

Pilates Equipment Class:  Using Body Balanced equipment from the USA, Pilates sessions are instructed on the equipment to improve your spine flexibility and elongation, to improve your balance and awareness (proprioception) and your deep abdominal core strength.

Equipment includes reformers, combo chairs, Cadillac tables, arcs and other small equipment.  Our equipment Pilates classes are unique to Auckland. Each client works with a Physiotherapist on individual exercises that enhance their personal injury and increases their speed to recovery and rehabilitation.

So, no two people will perform the same exercise during the class.  Small equipment from Pilates mat classes is also used within our Pilates Equipment Classes.  The use of appropriate equipment will be guided by your physio or therapist.

Bodyreform Pilates classes are limited to a small number of participants to ensure you receive the proper supervision and coaching to ensure maximum results from your exercise.

Day Times
Monday Pilates equipment classes 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Tuesday Pilates equipment classes 7:00 am – 8:00 am
9:30 am – 10:30 am
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday Pilates equipment classes 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday Pilates equipment classes 9:30 am – 10:30 am
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday Pilates equipment classes 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday Pilates equipment classes 9:00 am – 10:00 am currently unavailable

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