WHAT IS PILATES
Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability, posture and flexibility. The mind and body are brought together to achieve these aims through the following eight sound principles: Concentration, centering, breathing, isolation, precision, control and flowing movement.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE OF PILATES INVOLVE?
This 6 week course is designed for complete novices, those lacking in confidence on the Pilates technique, those suffering or recovering from low back pain and many other musculoskeletal conditions. It is a progressive course, starting with the very basics, building up the pilates levels with a wide variety of exercises to ensure by the end of the course you have improved your core/flexibility and fitness. Classes are fun and informal but you will need concentrate. This is for adults only. You will need to bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing (as you would for a gym); we provide mats and towels. You must be able to get off and on a mat on the floor independently and be comfortable lying on you back (on a mat), side and front for up to 20 minutes at a time. Classes are limited to 8 per class.
WHO CAN DO THE PILATES COURSE?
Pilates is an excellent form of exercise whatever fitness level you are. The classes and 1-1 sessions I teach are “modified”; slightly different from traditional Pilates exercises because they are designed by physiotherapists specifically for use in the rehabilitation setting. The exercises are based on traditional Pilates exercises but broken down, modified and therefore made suitable for not just those who want to tone up and get fit but also those suffering with low back pain, post abdominal/back surgery, pregnant women (ante natal) and post natal.