Improving your core strength & dynamic stability
Aiding your rehabilitation
Improving your co-ordination and muscular control
Enhancing your agility and stamina
Increasing balance between strength & flexibility
Improving your pelvic floor balance and strength
Enhancing your body awareness
Relieving muscular tension
Reduces stress and anxiety
Improves long term brain function
Reduces levels of the stress hormones
Improves digestion and bowel function
Pilates is an movement discipline which involves both the mind and body, its not just about physical exercise but also gives a deep sense of well-being.
It is a combination of strength and mobility work which develops trunk strength & dynamic stability to help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine.
Pilates can be customised easily to suit the needs of each participant and is often recommended as a means of rehabilitation.
One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, post natal women and people who at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
The pilates method is not just a series of exercises but a complete approach to developing body awareness and an easy physicality in day to day movement. It requires commitment from both the teacher and the client as it takes time to improve and change the body’s postural and alignment habits.
Pilates offers both mental and physical training, by improving body awareness and focus, tension is released from the body, correct postural alignment is taught along with sound muscle recruitment patterns are encouraged.
As with most other fitness Pilates is most effective practiced a minimum of 3 times per week, that will increase strength, flexibility and endurance. In his book, Return to Life Through Contrology [Pilates], Joseph Pilates suggests that the best results will be achieved by those who practice his method at least 4 times per week.
Most of our clients attend one or two classes a week, drop in to my monthly Karma (charity classes) or attend the occasion private session to fine tune their technique. Many top up with mini workouts at home 15 – 20 minutes at home once or twice a week can really make a difference.
If you can do some Pilates everyday that’s great, be sure to keep your workout varied and balanced Pilates is about keeping the mind engaged with the body.
Group classes are predominately floor based on a mat, the initial classes are focused on earning the basics correctly to keep you safe, avoid tension and strain.
Beginners courses are structured with each class building on the previous one.and will incorporate a variety of small equipment such a small balls, bands, weights and the famous Pilates magic circle.
Comfortable stretchy clothes that allows you to move easily is recommended.
Fitted clothing is best, for women sweat pants/leggings and T-shirt are fine, for men sweat pants or shorts but for your own modesty please wear cycling shorts under loose shorts.
Trousers/shorts with fitted waistbands are not suitable for pilates classes as they make it difficult to move without restriction.
A small towel to support your head, it is important to maintain correct head and neck alignment so unless you regularly sleep without any pillows you will need support.
Bring a bottle of water if you think you will get thirsty. All equipment including mats is provided.