Clinical and Mat Pilates

Mend and Maintain offers small group Pilates (maximum of 6 participants) and private clinical and mat work classes. There’s no need to worry about not being able to ‘keep up’ because each class is designed to cater to your individual needs.

You’ll be given a comprehensive, free assessment before you join one of our groups, with the option of private Pilates classes. This allows your instructor to determine which areas you need assistance with – in terms of balance, weaknesses and any restrictions you may have. Your instructor will use this assessment to develop a tailored program that progresses each week safely to get you fighting fit again.

Our classes will strengthen your core and safely help your rehabilitation. These programs suit those who wish to improve their performance and try and prevent damage, or who want a gentle way to recovery post-injury.

We offer mat and clinical classes, and the differences between these styles are listed below:

Mat Pilates

These classes are perfect for beginners who want to explore this form of exercise, as it teaches you muscle control and technique. Those who want to improve their fitness by strengthening their core will also benefit from these sessions.

This style involves using your body weight as well as small equipment for the exercises. This helps you improve control of your muscles, and works your stomach, upper and lower back, and legs. Without any apparatus for support and assistance, you need to learn how to fully control your body in order to get the full benefit of the exercise.

Though it may not seem intimidating, when you advance in this routine, you’re likely to see results fairly quickly due to how your body bears the whole weight of the exercise. This will improve your agility, posture, strength and flexibility, as well as tone your muscles.

Clinical Pilates

As the name suggests, this form of exercise refers to techniques that have clinical benefits. Training and knowledge of physiology and physiotherapy allow the instructor, after a thorough assessment, to determine which exercises are best suited to your needs.

Your instructor then uses their clinical insights to develop a routine that can be modified and adapted to meet your requirements.

This style is often used by those looking for injury prevention, or a modification of their dancing or sporting technique.

It can also be used for the treatment of conditions such as:

  • Lower back pain
  • Joint replacements
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Neck pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Poor abdominal strength
  • Proximal (core) instability
  • Pelvic floor conditions


Mia Soper

Elwood Myotherapy is amazing. I feel so lucky to have found Ashlee. She is knowledgeable beyond belief and extremely easy to be around. Her myotherapy makes it possible for me to chase 3 kids around, and maintain an exercise routine while managing 15 years of back issues.


I am so grateful to my boss for recommending Ashlee to me after the effects of Chemotherapy and an associated chest infection had left me practically bed ridden for months. Loss of muscle strength, stiffness and pain in both my legs, back and neck made it very difficult to function on a daily basis. Migraines were becoming a problem. Plus I’d managed to injure my shoulder painting the kitchen while I was sick! I was feeling 100 years old! Ashlee’s knowledge, professionalism and dedication to helping people is enabling me to get back to the pre-cancer me as much as is possible. I’m back at work, getting stronger each day and I’m feeling fantastic. I’d see Ashlee every day if I could!

Gerry Parncutt

I experienced chronic pain in the past but have not done so for some time now since receiving regular therapy from Ashlee. I now have unrestricted freedom of movement and confident agility for my age which has enabled me to extend my fitness to a level where I don’t break down with muscle cramps in my upper legs or spasms in the lower back, as I would have done in the past. It is apparent to me that Ashlee has the know-how to fix her patient’s problems.

Ashlee is without doubt a knowledgeable therapist who has demonstrated an unfailing ability to identify the true musculoskeletal problems causing the pain. Her remedial work is energetic, thorough and accompanied by a set of specific exercises focusing on problem areas. It’s clear to me that Myotherapists like Ashlee are the unsung heroes of the physical fitness industry.


I would recommend Ashlee to my family and friends. Ashlee is very professional, knowledgeable and experienced Myotherapist. I wish I had known about Ashlee earlier. As I have chronic lower back and hip issues for a few years. I have wasted time and money going to see a few physiotherapists with no improvement. Now after 2 months of treatment, and rehab exercises and helpful tips for better posture. I am more flexible. The constant ache I had going in and out of my car or standing up after sitting down has eased considerably. Ashlee also conversed with my Personal trainer to coordinate my mobility and exercise program which helped very much.

Jack Genesin

Having suffered from Sacroiliac Joint inflammation for several years, I was referred to Ashlee to help with my constant pain – not only to reduce pain, but to also be able to put together a comprehensive management plan. Ashlee is one of the most caring health professionals i have come across so far. She has a persistent motivation for coming up with a solution for her clients that cannot be rivalled. Highly recommend.

Why Choose Us?

Mend and Maintain offers a number of sessions for those across the region, all of which are available in the form of a small group or private classes. We have people travelling from Brighton, St Kilda and other nearby suburbs to our clinic.

If you’re not sure which type is right for you, you can meet with one of our team for an assessment. We can identify issues such as imbalances in your muscles, movement patterns that are dysfunctional, and poor posture, and will determine which form is going to get you the desired results.