Versatile pilates classes and services

Pilates classes

Our pilates classes are all led by Chartered Physiotherapists who have undertaken further training with APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute). The classes run in 6 week blocks and are suitable for beginners through to elite athletes. It can help as part of a rehabilitation program following injury or as a stand alone method.

The pilates method is essentially a mind-body centring technique that emphasises the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability, namely the lumbo-pelvic region.

From this central core the pilates method works by adjusting the intensity of each exercise through the use of differing length levers (various limb movements) and resistance (using pilates equipment such as magic circles, theraband, weighted balls). Combine this with appropriate breathing control and the essence of the mind-body technique that is pilates is evident.

We have classes on:

Monday at 4.45pm
Tuesday at 7pm
Thursday 5pm
Thursday 6.15pm

Specialist Womens Health service suitable for ante-natal and post-natal mothers.

PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) is a common condition which affects up to one in five pregnant women. In the past PGP was known as SPD, but this implied it was only the symphysis pubis that was affected, which is not usually the case. In practice, the sacroiliac joints are usually affected as well, and pain can be felt around the base of the spine, groin, hips, buttocks and thighs.

Prior to starting at Versatile Clinic in January 2014, our Chartered Physiotherapist Clare Kay Shuttleworth MCSP worked as a band 7, highly specialist Physiotherapist at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

After working as a senior Physiotherapist across all areas of MSK including Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and General Musculoskeletal out-patients, Clare specialised in Obstetric Lumbo/pelvic pain and successfully managed an interesting and diverse caseload of conditions ranging from Rectus Abdominus Diastasis to SIJ irritability and hypomobility, and Pubic Symphysis dysfunction. Clare was also involved in providing antenatal education classes and taught antenatal and postnatal exercise classes.

She remains very enthusiastic about the positive difference that Physiotherapy can make to antenatal and postnatal women experiencing the pain and frustration associated with impaired mobility and disturbed sleep. In my experience, ‘hands-on’ manual therapy involving soft tissue release and joint mobilisations, in conjunction with advice on activity modification, posture and the introduction of a home exercise programme, does in most cases, effectively treat PGP.

Clare’s goal for patients is always to promote independence and provide lots of self-help strategies. 2-3 sessions if often enough.

The Royal college of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have published useful information for patients, as have the pelvic partnership: www.pelvicpartnership.org.uk and the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP).

We are based on Lyne Riggs Estate (right opposite Tesco) in Carnforth  LA5 9EA

Telephone 01524 733033 or visit our website Versatile Clinic