Hydrotherapy For Women – Sydney CBD

Macquarie Street Physiotherapy has recently commenced hydrotherapy classes for women. We are thrilled at the immediate popularity of these classes. We have access to the women’s only hydrotherapy pool at City Tattersalls Club in Pitt Street just south of the Mall. Hydrotherapy provides an excellent medium to exercise in, for a variety of conditions that may be better suited to water than land.

Hydrotherapy is the practice of guided, specifically designed exercises in water. Warm water promotes muscle and ligament flexibility and pain relief. This can allow movement of joints that might otherwise have been painful. Buoyancy reduces bone and joint stress, and provides resistance to facilitate strength. The compressive force of immersion aides in swelling reduction. As such, hydrotherapy allows muscular strengthening and active mobilisation even in the presence of significant pain.

Hydrotherapy is particularly helpful for swollen sore joints, such as hips and knees. It is the ideal exercise for pre-surgical and post-surgical total hip and knee joint replacement. Osteoarthritic joints will enjoy the heat, buoyancy and resistance of the water especially so for those with higher BMI’s, reducing the pressure on those sore joints.

Strengthening of balance muscles and postural muscles will also help those with osteoporosis.

The benefit of hydrotherapy over aqua aerobic classes is that you are individually assessed by a physiotherapist, and your exercises in class will focus on your specific needs. Once you are proficient and confident with your specific programme we may encourage you to do independent pool exercises and, if capable, progress to an aqua-aerobic class.

Only women are able to attend due to Club policy regarding the women’s fitness centre. Membership of the Fitness Centre at City Tatts is not a requirement to attend Hydrotherapy. You do, however, require at least social membership at City Tattersalls Club. This costs $5 per annum, and membership can be easily obtained online or at the desk on the ground floor. If joining in person, you can do this on the first day of attendance. Picture i.d. required.

A doctor’s referral is generally not necessary. We will send you a form to complete (or you can complete it over the phone) regarding your general health, which allows us to be confident that exercise in water is appropriate for you. If there is uncertainty, it might be that a GP’s clearance is necessary. You need to be able to change clothes independently. There is a shower/change-room adjacent to the pool area.

There is no facility for taking clients who are only mobile via wheelchair.

We offer small group classes with a maximum of 5 per class. Classes are held on Thursday afternoons and run for 45 mins. Additionally, 1:1 sessions which run for 30 mins are also available. It is recommended that you take a course of at least six weeks to reap the most benefit.

You do not need to know how to swim. The hydrotherapy pool is standing height throughout, with a rail around the edge. It is kept at a comfortable 29°C.

If you are a current patient of Macquarie Street Physiotherapy (MSP) you may not need an initial assessment. If you are not, or are a returning patient of MSP, you require a short assessment (at no additional cost) at the pool, prior to your first 1:5 or 1:1 session. Please discuss with Macquarie Street Physiotherapy reception.

In the case of small group or 1:1 sessions, you may be able to obtain a rebate from your private health insurer. Alternatively if your GP feels you are eligible for an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) you can receive a rebate from Medicare of over $50 for 5 x 1:1 sessions.

City Tattersalls Club Women’s Fitness Centre, Level 3/198 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD, is a few shopfronts south of the Pitt Street Mall.

Town Hall and St James are the closest train stations. Various buses have stops on Pitt Street. There are paid parking stations in close proximity to City Tatts.

Group classes cost $35/class. If you have extras on your private health insurance, you may qualify for a rebate for hydrotherapy run by a physiotherapist.

Individual sessions are $65. If your GP refers you through the EPC Medicare scheme, this will partially fund 5 sessions of 1:1 Physiotherapy (land or pool based) per year.

After your initial assessment, if you decide to continue 1:1 classes or 1:5 classes, payment is required prior to class. MSP will provide you with an itemized receipt.