Pilates

Pilates is an exercise method, which relies on strengthening core postural muscles. It works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape your body, which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It avoids the muscle and ligament damage, sometimes associated with other fitness regimes. Specific problem-areas can be targeted by an exercise, but always in relation to the rest of one’s body.

DROP IN PILATES CLASSES

PILATES COURSES

Most of our classes are booked in 6 week term blocks, however we do have Drop in sessions available which must be booked and paid in advance.

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Beginners: For people with no or very little experience of the Pilates Method. This level deals with the basic fundamentals and how to begin to achieve some core stability, how to use breath correctly and how to apply the Pilates principles.

Drop InA mixed level class to suit all abilities. We do advise beginners to attend a beginners course before attending this drop in sessions. No need to book.

Flexible Strength: For all levels from beginners to advanced. it is advisable to attend a beginners course before embarking on these classes. The focus of this exciting class is using Pilates moves to strengthen the core muscle group, utilise free weights to strengthen muscles and a yoga influence to stretch the body, creating a long lean body.

Mixed Level: For people who have completed a beginners course and feel confident with the breathing techniques and engagement of the core muscles.

Improvers: For people with a little more experience and for those who have mastered the basic principles. They must understand placement and have good core stability.

Intermediate: These classes are for those who have been doing Pilates for at least a year. The classes are designed to challenge the whole body and are conducted with increased flow of movement.

Advanced: These classes are for those who have mastered the principals of Pilates and have been practicing Pilates confidently for over two years. These classes are not recommended for those with any back injuries.

Rehabilitation Pilates & Pilates for Back Pain: These smaller classes are for those recovering from injury, an operation or with back pain. We work closely with Doctors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths & Podiatrists to ensure your specific needs are met. It would also suit those with osteoporosis. These smaller classes are taken by a Chartered Physiotherapist lead modified Pilates instructor

Mother and Baby Pilates: Postnatal classes for new mothers where your baby comes too and lies next to you. The classes will target the abdominals and pelvic floors as well as stretch out all those tight muscles.

THE CLASSES

Mat Based Pilates

Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. Mat based classes build strength without excess bulk and teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement, improving flexibility and agility.

The Benefits

The benefits of Pilates include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Greater joint mobility
  • Improved posture
  • Stress and tension relief
    Flatter stomach
  • Less incidence of back pain
  • Improved balance and co-ordination
  • Greater strength
  • Core Stability
  • Improved flexibility
  • More efficient circulatory & respiratory system
  • Increased bone density
  • Reduction of risk of injury

Who is it for?

  • Anyone wishing to improve his or her total fitness, posture and appearance.
  • Professional sports-persons using advanced conditioning programmes to enhance performance
  • Any athlete can be given an extra edge.
  • Performers (actors, dancers, musicians)
  • Chronic back pain sufferers.
  • R.S.I. sufferers
  • First-time exercisers
  • Those suffering from the menopause/the elderly
  • Those wishing to prevent and treat osteoporosis (some exercises use light weights)
  • Those with stress-related illnesses, eating disorders, weight disorders
  • M.E. sufferers