Pilates workouts focus on building a strong healthy body by promoting concentrated movement. Compared to yoga exercise, Pilates is more dynamic. Pilates is designed to combine your breathing rhythm with the movement of your body. In Pilates exercise, you stabilise your torso while moving your arms and legs in different directions. This challenges your flexibility, balance, stability and strength.
For Pilates beginners, the exercises are hard at first because your body will need to adjust to the feeling of using supporting muscles for the balancing and strengthening movements. Start practicing slowly, as your body allows, then more exercises can be added to your routine once your body adapts.
Almost anyone can do Pilates
Classes run as courses (block of usually 5-7 weeks) costing £10 per person per class.
Places should be booked and paid for in advance. Please contact me by email or by telephone to book onto a Pilates course. If a space is available you will need to fill out an enrolment form. (Download your enrolment form here).
Class numbers are restricted to 12 to ensure maximum supervision and support from me as your instructor. If classes are full, your name can be placed on a waiting list. It is recommended that you attend a one to one assessment prior to enrolling onto a group course. A 1:1 is essential for all clients with a recent history of injury.
Ability levels: Group classes are taught at various levels of abilities, as classified below:
- Beginner’s Level 1:
Those completely new to Pilates. Designed to teach the Pilates ‘basics’ and provides the foundations for other courses.
- Improver’s Level 2:
Designed for those with a sound understanding of the Pilates technique and who wish to refine their skills and broaden their exercise repertoire.
- Intermediate Level 3:
Designed for those who have completed a beginners course, refined the ‘basics’ and have core stability. Exercises become progressively more challenging, we increase loading and add more complex co-ordination.
- Intermediate Level 4:
Pilates for those who have completed intermediate courses and want to work with the more choreographed flowing sequences. More emphasis is placed on upper body strength and pushing away from the mat using more of the classical mat exercises.
If you uncomfortable in a group class situation or feel you require one on one attention then a private session may be more suitable. As you become more confident with your Pilates routine you may find that a group mat class situation is a better, fun and social way to keep fit.
Pllates is commonly performed at a leisurely pace; you might want to pair the class with another more intense aerobic exercise – such as swimming, running, cardio-machines or a brisk walk to get your heart going.
What to bring/wear: All the necessary kit, mats etc. are provided. We exercise barefoot, wearing clothing that is non-restrictive and comfortable.
Please Note: Unfortunately there can be no refunds for missed classes but a ‘catch-up’ may be attended at a different time within the same course term, subject to space being available.