Pilates Classes

 

Pilates is an exercise system.  This focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and posture.  It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s and incorporates yoga, martial arts, dance and various bits of Western exercises.  It was initially adopted by professional dancers where Joseph Pilates taught in New York and has spread over the world.  It is used by celebrities such as Madonna, Jennifer Aniston and the Duchess of Cambridge.  

So the answer to what is Pilates – Pilates is a whole body exercise system.

Professional Pilates Instruction

There are many health reports of Pilates although so far there has been limited research to substantiate this. 

Longstanding teachers of Pilates state that it can improve:

Flexibility and joint mobility

Posture and balance

Relief from stress and tension

Core strength and muscle tone

Pilates is suitable for many different people.  It can be totally modified to suit your needs.  Many people do Pilates because they’re not fit but it can also challenge the fit person.  It is a gentle low to no impact exercise programme.

However, it is important to always discuss any injuries and special needs with your teacher so these can be taken into consideration during the class.

Please do not push yourself into pain. Work at your level and gradually increase as able with the support of the teacher.  This is so you don’t injure yourself, soft tissues need to gradually build up stamina, release and endurance.

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Pregnancy Pilates

Pregnancy pilates teaches you to stay active, enjoy your pregnancy whilst keeping your body mobile, flexible and toned.

We also discuss positive ways of moving to help you lose your fear and gain trust in your ability to birth, according to your own choice.

Listening and learning from your body, keeping flexible, reducing tissue tightness from static postures and opening up to the changes that are taking place, prevents problems both during pregnancy and also through the birthing process itself.

The focus is on establishing a routine that will see you through the rest of your pregnancy.

Classes: Monday 6.50pm-7.50pm

Post-Natal Pilates

A weekly exercise class that is designed to re-strengthen key muscles after birth. It incorporates effective fat burning exercises, as well as teaches you to relax and manage the early stages of motherhood.

This supportive and friendly group will help you to set achievable goals, create realistic meal plans and offer discussions on the joys and challenges of being a mum.

Babies are welcome so no childcare to arrange.

It’s great to get back to fitness – this programme allows your body to reconnect with abdominal and pelvic floor friendly exercises.

Classes: Wednesday 10:30am-11:30am

Mixed Ability Pilates

Pilates is suitable for many different people and can be totally modified to suit your needs. Many people do Pilates because they’re not fit but it can also challenge the fit person. It is a gentle low to no impact exercise programme. However, it is important to always discuss any injuries and special needs with your teacher so these can be taken into consideration during the class.

Please do not push yourself into pain. Work at your level and gradually increase as able with the support of the teacher.  This is so you don’t injure yourself, soft tissues need to gradually build up stamina, release and endurance.

There is much information on the internet and DVD’s about Pilates however in order to learn the basics about Pilates it is best to attend a class. Sign up for our monthly classes using the link below.

Classes: Monday: 8pm-9pm 
Wednesday: 6.50pm-7.50pm and 8pm-9pm

Over 50’s

This is a modified Pilates class working on posture, balance, muscle toning.

A typical class will include:

  • A warm-up moving the limbs and spine through YOUR available range of movement
  • Exercises in standing to strengthen weight-bearing muscles and work your balance
  • Mat-based exercises – so can get on and off the floor (in your own time) and work your core and upper and lower limbs in different positions.
  • Finishing off with some gentle stretches.

Classes: Monday 12pm-1pm and 1.10pm-2.10pm

Arthritis Focused Pilates

Research has shown repeatedly that exercise with arthritic joints improves function and joint range of movement, as well as managing pain.

It also improves grip strength, muscle strength and balance.

The class is aimed at:

  • Maintaining muscle strength even with joint pain
  • Keeping your joints moving
  • Staying flexible in your body
  • Working on your balance and control
  • Posture awareness
  • Implementing a daily mobility and short exercise routine
  • Improving sitting to standing and stairs

Classes: Tuesdays: 12pm-1pm

HIIT

HealthyHIT Pilates is a combination of the High Intensity (HIT) or High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) principle and Pilates movements in a structure that is sure to be the next big HIT in the health and fitness world.

HealthyHIT Pilates is a series of 6 classes, each lasting just 30 mins that works you hard, but teaches you correct technique to ensure you complete the workout in the right way.  High-Intensity Training is a great concept, and the physiology behind it is fascinating.  The results are outstanding, as research proves, your metabolism changes can last up to 24 hours after a session, meaning you continue to burn calories well after you have finished exercising.

Classes: Saturday 08:15am-08:45am

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Whether you’re looking for help with balance, flexibility, pelvic floor or simply want to be that little bit fitter, we have a class for you!