About Pilates

Pilates

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Pilates is a body conditioning form of exercise.  It was originally designed by a man called Joseph Pilates and after suffering with a number or ailments, he managed to come up with a regime to strengthen his body and mind.

Most of the exercises are mat based & suitable for all fitness levels ranging from, the  injured or elderly, to athletes & dancers.  To join a group class it is important that you can get down to the floor and up again, even if you need help.  If your not sure, it may be worth booking a private class first, so we can talk through any worries you have.

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The exercises are mainly slow and controlled, using co-ordination and concentration, but although it may look easy, it certainly will work muscles you didn’t even know you had!  Pilates exercises mainly focus on your core abdominal muscles, which help to strengthen and support your back, helping to reduce problems in that area.  They also help to correct other movement issues in the rest of the body, commonly tense shoulders and necks, or tightness in the hips and hamstrings, so that eventually your body will be balanced and work correctly.

We also place some importance in breathing and use the breath to enhance the exercises, this is great for relaxation and many clients say they sleep really well after participating in a class.  You will find the hour goes like a flash because you finally start to relax through your body and increase your circulation.

Each class has a maximum of 12 clients, but some classes have much less.  This is to ensure that everyone gets personal attention and correction during the class.  It also means that exercises can be changed to suit your body type and any current issues or injuries you may have.

I also like you to feel that your not just coming to a class but your joining a group and hopefully making new friends!   We try to have various social get together’s through out the year and I often meet up with various clients for a coffee and a chat!

I’m proud to say that even though some of my clients may leave due to timetable changes or life events, that I have a large number that return, even years later.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like more information!

The 8 principles of Pilates

  • Relaxation
  • Concentration
  • Co-ordination
  • Centring
  • Alignment
  • Breathing
  • Stamina
  • Flowing Movements