All Core Control Exercise appointments are held at our Gold Coast physio, Burleigh Heads clinic

Core Control offers many benefits over traditional gym strengthening. These include increased muscle tone, strength, flexibility and improved overall mobility and movement control.

Core Control is great for anyone but particularly those with injuries, weak muscles and bad posture because it encourages you to strengthen your problem areas so you work hard but with low impact. Talk to any of our physiotherapists to see if you can benefit from Core Control Exercise.

How is Physio directed exercise different?

We understand your injury and we tailor each program to work around those injuries and help treat them.

Physios draw from many different evidence-based exercise modalities to develop an individual program for the prevention and rehabilitation of spinal pain. We use balance cushions, resistance work and Clinical Pilates informed exercises which have been adapted from traditional Pilates over the last 20 years incorporating recent advances in research into spinal pathology. This research has shown that improving control of proximal spinal stabilisers (or “core” muscles) can dramatically reduce the risk of low back pain, and also help in recovery from spinal injury.


We concentrate on your control of posture as well as “dynamic stabilisation” – which basically means being able to control spinal movement during activity – by activating those deep “core” muscles around the spine and abdomen. This is usually done with low load exercises, which also reduce the risk of pain during and after the exercises. It is this learned, precise control of spinal movement that is so important for preventing spinal pain.

If you are getting treatment for spinal pain, talk to your physiotherapist to see if Core Control Exercise is appropriate for you. Normally, patients can progress to exercise-based therapy fairly quickly. Remember, Core Control is not about “brute strength” but about precise movement patterns with core control, and therefore the exercises are usually low load. This means you can start these exercises early on in your rehabilitation program, even if you are in moderate discomfort. Often, we encourage early movement and exercise, as research indicates that exercise during the acute (early) stage of an injury can significantly speed up recovery times.

Our Equipment

Our Burleigh Heads practice has a dedicated gym / rehabilitation area with 2 reformers and Trapeze table, and we offer one on one sessions and semi-private (maximum 2 people) with each class being 30 minutes. Each client has their own programme, tailored to their condition, which is done under direct supervision of a physiotherapist.

Please contact us for any further information or to book.

What to Bring

  • H2O, 2 towels and pillows if you are pregnant and you need them to support your belly.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and grippy socks (for hygienic reasons and so you don’t slip on the mats). We have grippy socks for sale at reception.

Our Core Control/Clinical Pilates Gurus

Ceridwen Way

Director & Principal Physiotherapist

Natali Zantvoort

Senior Physiotherapist

Luke Skillington


Adeline Green


Stefanie Gawlik

Stefanie Gawlik


This service is available at the following locations

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Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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