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The Power of Pilates

Queenstown physiotherapist Aimee Liddington was motivated to open the contemporary Form Pilates studio at Frankton to change people’s lives through exercise. 

“Life is busy, and exercise can be hard. Form is the embodiment of a dream to see people moving their bodies into holistic wellness through positive physiotherapist led movement,” she says. “By combining the most effective elements of Pilates, the wisdom of physiotherapy and the science of movement our method transforms the body and mind. We provide fully supported workouts that leave participants feeling energised, stronger and with a deeper connection to their body.”

Aimee has created a welcoming environment where upbeat music, laughter and encouragement is all part of the atmosphere at the weekly group classes and individually tailored private sessions.

“Our Renew classes are the perfect starter for newbies and suitable for pre and postnatal women and those with a mild injury. Our signature Restore classes are open level and  focused on perfecting fundamentals through basic movements with a little spice. The advanced level Refine classes are Reformer Pilates with a dynamic edge. They are an intense flow of challenging movement patterns in an advanced repertoire.”

Aimee has a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Sports Science and a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy and has worked in leading hospitals and musculoskeletal clinics and studied clinical Pilates at the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. 

She says Form Pilates is NZ physiotherapy registered and an ACC registered health provider meaning treatments may be subsidised for clients rehabilitating from injury.   

“We work with amputees, people with brain injuries, stroke sufferers, multi-traumas to everyday niggly shoulders and sprained ankles. Clients often become regular members due to the wonderful results physiotherapy led Pilates provides by targeting intricate muscle groups often missed in other forms of exercise.”

“We also work closely with many top-level athletes undertaking an assessment to pinpoint muscular asymmetries, imbalances, areas of weakness or tightness, reduced balance, strength and endurance. Pilates once or twice a week is the perfect adjunct to their other training, drastically improving their range of movement and flexibility.”

The last 12 months has been one of intense activity establishing Form Pilates studio. 

“Bringing this dream alive took a lot of perseverance with amazing support from friends, and local businesses,” says Aimee. “We are seeing incredible results and love sending people out into the real world feeling stronger, warm and energised rather than exhausted or intimidated. Whether people prefer attending a group class or private training we offer a safe, non-judgmental space to exercise in the best way possible.”