Pilates Class Descriptions

Pilates for Beginners/Improvers

The beginner/improver course is great for those who want the basic moves of pilates but can also have the challenge to work hard if they choose and build core strength as well as stretch, mobilise and ease aches and pains.

Mixed Ability Pilates

Mixed Ability courses (beginners welcome but we advise if you have no experience in Pilates you do a 1:1 course before or soon after joining the course so go over the basics for you) The classes involve exercises which have beginner option to advanced option and clients go at their own level. It is a flowing class with different focuses each week and new challenges combined with relaxation and stretching.

Pregnancy Pilates

Our Pregnancy courses will help you during your pregnancy to stay in shape but also will prepare you for the birth of your baby. We will help you to strengthen your body; improve your posture; we work on pelvic stability to minimise pelvic pain and back pain; stretching and mobilising the body to ease aches and tension; breathing in preparation for birth and relaxation.

Intermediate/Advanced Pilates

Intermediate/Advanced Pilates course is suitable for those who have done a beginner/improver course before and want to progress to the more advanced moves and challenge their strength and stamina. A great workout combined with stretching mobilising and well earned relaxation at the end.

Mum & Baby Pilates and Toning

Mum and baby pilates and toning course involves pilates exercises to encourage your abdominals to close back together in a safe way. To ease back pains with stretching and mobility. We also focus on posture, alignment and body awareness. There is a strengthening and toning element to the class as well to help you get back in shape after having your baby. Mums join the class any time after their 6 week check to when baby is starting to crawl. The other classes and some “ME TIME is then a great option thereafter.

Pilates for Healthy Backs

Healthy backs class is focused on exercises to reduce back pain, rehabilitate from any back injury and improve posture alignment and body awareness. You will feel fantastic after the stretches and mobility we do in this class combined with the relaxation and concentration elements.

Stretch, Tone, Define

Pilates has evolved into one of the most recognised forms of exercise today for improving posture and providing great tone, definition and inch loss. It also helps you move more freely in your body, optimising muscular and skeletal function. Pilates expands body awareness, helping develop your concentration while relaxing and de-stressing your mind and body.

How Pilates Originated

The Pilates methodology was developed by Joseph Pilates during the First World War when he was an intern held captive in the UK. The exercise method is essentially designed to elongate, strengthen and create balance within the body.

Pilates developed his ideas by helping other internees on the road to recovery from serious injuries. This proved especially effective during the outbreak of influenza that struck the UK in 1918 when not one of Joseph Pilates’ trainees died.

What is known today as the reformer machine (found in many Pilates studios) was developed from Joseph attaching springs to beds to create resistance to help strengthen his patients.

Soon after the war, Joseph Pilates Emigrated to America where he met his wife Clara and they set up his fitness studio, sharing it with the New York City Ballet. Hence, Pilates started being taught to dancers and elite athletes. The method spread rapidly, with slight variations to the core principles and exercises taught worldwide.

Body Control Pilates is built on Joseph Pilates’ eight principles and breaks the movements down, building the best possible foundation so that everyone can progress effectively and safely.

The Benefits

Pilates strengthens the inner core muscles so that the outer muscles can work more effectively, thus preventing overuse and potential injuries. By realigning the body with better posture, you strengthen weak muscles and lengthen tight muscles. Strong core muscles, and improved movement and posture, help reduce lower back pain and shoulder problems, among many other complaints.

Pilates is different from yoga because it focuses on working from a strong centre maintaining core stability. ‘The ‘core’ consists of many different muscles that stabilise the abdomen, spine and pelvis and provide a solid foundation for movement.’] In Pilates we use thoracic breathing into the lower ribs and back in order to maintain core stability. This type of breathing also helps to oxygenate the body and massage internal organs.

You will develop an increased awareness of your body and posture. In Pilates we use co-ordinated movements whilst maintaining correct alignment and progressing to more advanced exercises. Stamina and flowing movement is worked towards to achieve increased fitness and well-being.

 

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