HOW ARE ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGISTS (AEP'S) DIFFERENT FROM PHYSIOTHERAPISTS?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists are both allied health professionals, however AEPs primary focus is to use active therapy to prevent, manage and treat complex medical conditions, rather than passive therapy like massage or manipulation.
AEP's and other manual therapists like physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists often work together to aid a patient or clients rehabilitation and return to health.
AEP's are the experts in exercise rehabilitation and are qualified to work from acute rehabilitation all the way through to return to competitive sport.
HOW CAN I JOIN A SMALL GROUP CLASS (PILATES OR STRENGTH)?
We ask that you attend an initial prescreening appointment prior to joining our group classes. This is so we can take any relevant medical history (pregnancy status, postnatal status, cancer care pathway etc) take some biomechanics and work with you one on one with our equipment. This allows us to individualise exercises to you as much as possible within a group setting. Exercise is not a one size fits all!
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY CLASS OR APPOINTMENT?
We understand life gets busy, especially with children or multiple appointments. At Pear, we require 8 hours notice for all appointments or classes, or will charge a late cancellation fee of $13. If you no show to an appointment, we will charge 50% of the appointment fee.
CAN I USE MY PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE?
Yes, all our services (classes, massage, exercise physiology) are eligible for private health rebates. We have TYRO HealthPoint avaliable in the studio for instant claiming.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY APPOINTMENT OR CLASS?
It is best to wear clothing suitable for the gym, with closed in footwear like trainers or clean grippy socks for working on our Pilates equipment. We sell grippy socks in the studio.
WHAT IS A LABOUR PREP MASSAGE? WHAT'S INVOLVED AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM PREGNANCY MASSAGE?
A labour prep massage (LPM) is a whole body massage where the focus is preparing the mind with relaxation, preparing the pelvic girdle for labour using remedial massage and include acupressure points to assist in stimulating and encouraging labour to start. During labour a mother may choose to use a number of body positions that are optimal for birthing her baby, like squatting, kneeling or even being on all fours. These positions require more flexibility in the legs and hips, so to help facilitate these positions, we focus on releasing the muscle groups in the thighs, hips and lower back.
HOW MANY LABOUR PREP MASSAGES SHOULD I DO / HOW MANY WEEKS SHOULD I BE TO START?
Ideally including LPM in your pregnancy plan from 36 weeks and continuing weekly to labour onset, will give your body the most benefit. From 38 weeks we can include acupressure points to assist in stimulating and encouraging labour to start. It is important to remember that each woman and labour is unique and certain techniques are not guaranteed to start labour, but will support your body in the stage it's at.
WHAT IS AN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST?
Exercise physiologists study the effect of exercise on the body, and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease, support optimal health, and aid in recovery from injury or surgery.
We believe exercise is medicine, and prescribe exercise to treat, or prevent health conditions and injuries in the same way a doctor might prescribe medication.
We work alongside your GP, specialist and other allied health to best support your recovery and return to health.
CAN I BRING MY BABY OR CHILDREN TO THE APPOINTMENT? CAN I BREASTFEED OR FEED OR CHANGE MY BABY THERE?
Yes! Pear is a child friendly and breastfeeding friendly studio. Children always welcome!
WHAT MAKES ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGISTS DIFFERENT TO OTHER EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS?
The differences are:
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY INITIAL APPOINTMENT?
When attending an Exercise Physiology appointment, we ask that you please wear some comfortable clothing you can move well in, closed in shoes & bring clean grippy socks for use on the Pilates equipment.
At your initial or class prescreening appointment with our Exercise Physiologists we take any relevant medical history, if you are pregnant or recently postnatal we will record how many weeks, if you are receiving treatment for cancer we will record your clinical care plan, look at your biomechanics (ie how your body is moving) and work with you one on one with our equipment.
We will also send you home with homework exercise program to begin. No scribbled stick figures here, we use PhysiApp, a free download for IOS & Android to follow along with your homework exercise program via videos to record your process.
We will come up with a plan together, with review appointments, home programs, small group classes providing a combination of support for your movement and health goals.
CAN I COME TO CLASS IF I AM CHEMO TOXIC?
Chemo toxic is the term used to describe the impact of chemotherapy on the body, specifically 48-72 hours after getting dosed. Toxic waste products are present in body of the person who has had chemotherapy (urine, stool, saliva, secretions) and can be harmful to others.
You are welcome to join us for classes or one on one exercise physiology at any time, chemo toxic or not! However we do ask that you wait until after this window (48-72 hours after) for any manual lymphatic drainage or remedial massage appointments.