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Physio-Pilates is a unique form of therapeutic exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, breathing, strength, and flexibility. It is often used to help rehabilitate the body after injury, particularly injuries of the pelvis, low back, or neck. Physio-Pilates is a treatment tool used by physiotherapists trained in Pilates, linking current spinal stability research and the traditional exercise rehabilitation and conditioning work of Joseph Pilates. It’s ideal for use in the rehabilitation setting, for general health and athletic performance, and as a preventive measure to avoid injury. More and more health care professionals are recommending Physio-Pilates as part of an individual’s rehabilitation. Physio-Pilates differs from a regular Pilates class as it is based on a person’s physiotherapy assessment and uses exercises that are adapted to make them more suitable for clients with low back and neck pain or those recovering from injury. At the initial consultation, your physiotherapist will conduct a full assessment including health history, lifestyle, posture, movement analysis, and personal goals. An individualized program will be designed and will include exercises that can be done at home in between treatment sessions. In Kelly’s sessions, Physio-Pilates exercises are done on a mat and incorporate small equipment like balls, foam rollers and resistance bands.

 

Kelly Whitman

Physiotherapist

Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Kelly graduated from the Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy in 2002. Most of her 15 years of experience in physiotherapy comes from private practice in orthopaedics but she has also worked in various hospital settings, both in Halifax and in Canada’s far north. In 2017, she completed her training to become a certified Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist and enjoys using this system of stretching to help people maximize their mobility and athletic performance. She is an experienced STOTT PILATES® certified instructor, having training in matwork, small equipment and reformer. She teaches Physio-Pilates group classes and individuals from beginner to advanced with a focus on injury rehabilitation and injury prevention. She has completed numerous post graduate courses in movement dysfunction, manual therapy and therapeutic exercise. 
 
Kelly prefers a hands-on approach and enjoys helping clients determine the root cause of their pain, not just treat their symptoms. She integrates manual therapy and the mindful movement of Pilates to help individuals recover from injury and achieve a healthy, active lifestyle. Kelly is a former competitive athlete, having competed at the national level in figure skating and track and field. She worked with Dalhousie Varsity Cross Country men’s and women’s teams as Head Trainer. Kelly enjoys working with individuals and athletes of all levels and ages.

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