Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we are most frequently asked. If you have a question about any of our classes or treatments please don't hesitate to contact us.

Pilates FAQ

What are your Terms and Conditions?

  • Please arrive to class on time. The warm up is a very important part of Pilates. Missing this could cause you an injury.
  • Minimum of 4 people necessary for class to go ahead.
  • Pilates course must be paid for to reserve your place before the course commences.
  • You can cancel your classes online by pressing CANCEL or LATE CANCEL or by texting or ringing into the clinic. If you cancel in less than 12 hours the class will be deducted from your account.
  • If you cancel your Physiotherapy appointment in less than 24 hours you will have to pay for the missed appointment.
  • There is a €20 processing fee for any refunds

Do I have to attend the same class each week ?

No, you can book 6 classes or more and you can decide which day and time suits you each week. This suits shift work.

Can I Pay As I Go (PAYG)?

Yes, you can PAYG for any of our classes. This can be done on our online booking system or via our APP.

Do I need to bring anything?

No, we provide all mats and equipment needed.

Bring along your screening form and a bottle of water.

Why should I do Physio Led Pilates?

  • Chartered Physiotherapists working in private practice spend their day assessing and treating musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries are injuries to the muscular or skeletal system e.g tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves , discs and blood vessels. Injuries like these may be the reason you have been advised to try Pilates.
  • Physiotherapists are trained intensively (3 or 4 year degree) in using a clinical reasoning process to diagnose injuries and formulate a treatment plan to help you return to full function. Your Physiotherapist will use this process when you attend your Pilates class.
  • In a class your Physiotherapist will be able to determine your range of movement of specific joints, any faulty movement patterns, any altered posture or poor biomechanics.
  • You may want to book a physiotherapy assessment or private Pilates session prior to attending your first class. Each class is 45mins or 60 mins long. We provide small classes.

How do I book a class ?

  • Click Book a class or Class Times
  • Select the class you wish to attend.
  • Set up an account
  • Purchase the class package which suits you best eg 4 classes, 6 classes, 10 classes.
  • Sign yourself in to the class for each week you wish to attend.

You can book via our APP on your phone or tablet.

Download Mindbody. Search Louise O’ Rourke Physio & Pilates. Save us to your favourites.

  • Click Schedule
  • Click Book
  • Purchase your class or classes
  • Sign in.

You can also ring in and pay over the phone and the admin team will reserve your space. Call 087 9376858 / 01 2573722

What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a treatment method used by specifically trained physiotherapists to reduce pain, disability and improve function. It incorporates specific Pilate’s exercises to assess and treat each client individually. Research has shown that just treating a structure only sees a recurrence of the same or similar problems. Clinical Pilates is designed to find and fix the root cause of an injury, not just the injury itself. Hence, it focuses on client function. It is unique and very different from generic or fitness Pilates. It looks at the whole picture of the client.

How is Clinical Pilates different?

  • It treats the cause of the pain, not just the symptoms
  • It does not focus on core stability training, it focuses more on direction-specific exercises
  • Aim is to increase the recruitment of muscles
  • Establishes clear treatment  and outcome predictors
  • It uses pathology specific exercises to treat patients

What does it involve?

The physiotherapist will assess different movements and positions to establish which movement or direction aggravate your symptoms. Following an assessment you will be given a direction-specific exercise to do at home. Exercises can focus on trunk flexion, trunk extension, abdominal and back strengthening.

How can Clinical Pilates help me?

  • Reduce pain and safely manage injury
  • Correct poor mechanics that underlie injuries
  • Greater resistance to injury
  • Training your muscle groups to help your body to work safely and more efficiently
  • It is ideal for rehabilitation and preventing further injury

Is equipment used in pilates?

Classes may involve the use of various equipment to help modify the exercises.


Arc Barrel:
Offers various workout possibilities. It is versatile for different body types, for example if the lower back (lumbar area) is stiff the barrel can assist with certain exercises such as the roll over prep and the full roll over.







Flex Band:
Can assist in exercises for weak abdominals or can be used to increase the intensity of certain exercises.






Foam Roller:
Can be used for promoting balance, flexibility and core strength. Can also be used for self myofascial release and massage therapy.









Massage Spikeys:
Often when we begin Pilates certain mobilising muscles try to do the work of our stabilising muscles. These muscles may be tight due to overuse, sports or your occupation. The spikys are great for releasing muscles such as rectus femoris (front of the thigh) and loosening the gluteals and hamstrings.








Mini Flex Ball:
This soft inflatable ball has several uses. This tool will add energy to your workout. It can help engage your inner thighs muscles (adductors). It can also be used as a supporting cushion for the neck when it is partially inflated








Stability Ball:
Used to add instability to Pilates exercises. To sit in neutral you have to switch on the deep stabilising muscles and then the challenge is on moving your limbs while keeping the ball absolutely still. Excellent for engaging those muscles around the scapula and the pelvis. Can be used for prenatal Pilates.








Spine Corrector:
Designed to support the spine and reduce neck tension. It is ideal for those with weak lower backs, neck pain, shoulder tension and for developing proper form during abdominal work. Can also be useful in the early stages of pregnancy.






Stability Wobble Cushion:
Exercises can be performed in standing, sitting and kneeling challenging stability, strength and balance.








Thick mats:
In mat Pilates we use thick mats to provide cushioning and support for your joints and to help absorb the shock.





Toning balls:
Hand held weighted balls excellent for increasing strength, stamina and flexibility in the arms, shoulders and upper torso. They can be used to challenge core strength and also for retraining and stabilising muscles in the shoulder region. They can also help with the Roll -Up if you are struggling to curl up!! We use 450g, 900g, 1KG up to 1.5KG’s







Reformers & Towers:
Specialised Pilates equipment imported from America. Exercises can be done in various positions such as lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps and pushing the foot bar. It can train many different body parts in several different ways and is ideal for anyone with an injury. In the clinic the reformer is used to help rehabilitate injuries such as shoulders and ankles. We have morning and evening Reformer classes as well as private and semi private sessions with a Chartered Physiotherapist. Our Reformer Studio has 11 Reformers and 8 Towers.



Can exercises be changed if I feel pain?

A Pilates workout is gentle and controlled and is ideal for everyone. Every one can work at their own level or pace.

A Physiotherapist will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range and monitor your improvements.

If you have neck pain you can still work the abdominals by keeping the head, neck and shoulders on the mat. To increase strength in the neck you can lift your neck intermittently throughout the exercises.

As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates can help with lower back pain. As the trunk is properly stabilised, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.

If you have any questions about Pilates or a specific injury you would like to know more about please contact us on 087 9376858 or email us on

Different modifications of the 100 exercise

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Are there any Pilates tips I should know?

All of our Pilates Teachers our  trained in exercise therapy. Please inform them of any injuries you have at the beginning of the class.

  • If your Teacher asks you to do an exercise and you are uncomfortable with it or feel pain, do not do it as there a million other Pilates exercises your Instructor can give which will be more suitable to your spine or injury.
  • If you are recovering from an acute disc bulge you will avoid flexion exercises. This will include shell stretches, cat stretches, ab prep and several other Pilates exercises. This is where your Physiotherapist will give you modifications so you are not just sitting there missing out on your workout!
  • If you have Osteoporosis or Osteopenia you will avoid flexion exercises. Your Teachers is trained in Bone Health and will modify your exercises.
  • If you are unsure of any exercise or any of the Pilates terminology please ask your Teacher.
  • Try complete your home exercise program at least twice per week.
  • Inform your Teacher of positions you are not comfortable in and they will offer you some props.
  • Ensure your neck is supported at all times. Please inform your Physio if you are feeling neck strain.

What type of Pilates is used?

We use STOTT Pilates in this clinic. This is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates. This includes modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available. The five basic principles of STOTT Pilates are:

  • Breathing
  • Rib cage placement
  • Pelvic placement
  • Scapula movement and stabilisation
  • Head and cervical placement.

By introducing these principles awareness of how the body moves is developed by the client. The STOTT Pilates repertoire consists of more than 500 exercises suitable for Beginners, Improvers and Intermediate levels. The aim of STOTT PILATES is optimal musculoskeletal performance – strength, flexibility and endurance. With a focus on core stability and the 5 basic principles, STOTT PILATES also helps restore the natural curves of the spine, relieve tension and enhance self confidence. The result: a balanced and aligned body that looks fit, feels revitalized and moves with ease.