Modern Pilates – what is it?
Pilates is a form of slow, controlled exercise, which strengthens and stabilises the body. Exercises aim to develop core strength, pelvic and shoulder stability, as well as joint mobility, while improving postural alignment and flexibility.
There are two types of classes- Mat and Reformer. Mat classes use an exercise mat to stand or lie on. Reformer classes use resistance equipment. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, currently we are offering online Modern Pilates mat classes and chair-based Pilates classes via Zoom. During normal times, Wendy works at The Studio in Tattenhall and offers Modern Pilates and AT-Pilates classes.
Modern Pilates is a functional approach to Mat Pilates, devised in association with physiotherapists and based on the foundation work of Joseph Pilates to make Pilates exercises accessible for all. Exercises are slow and controlled, developing strength, natural balanced alignment and flexibility for everyday activities. In these sessions, the teacher may use their hands to guide you and provide feedback on your postural alignment if you are comfortable with this. Classes can include exercises in standing, sitting, kneeling, bending/ squatting and lying on the floor. You may use a chair for support during balance exercises or to help you move down to the floor. All exercises can be adapted if necessary. You are encouraged to work at your own level within your safe limits. Exercise progressions will be offered, however you may chose to work at a lower level or rest whenever you need to.
These Pilates classes blend ideas from the Alexander Technique (AT) with Modern Pilates exercises to help improve balance, coordination and movement. The Alexander Technique (AT) emphasises the release of excess, unhelpful physical tension in the body. The combination of AT and Pilates allows you to find a balanced state of muscle tension to allow natural ease of movement. These classes also include Alexander Technique ‘active rest’ in semi-supine (lying with the knees bent) to allow you to learn how to release excess muscular tension in your body.
What happens in a class?
All classes involve slow, controlled exercises to develop core, shoulder and pelvic stability, as well as exercises to mobilise joints, strengthen key muscles, develop bone strength to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and gentle stretching and relaxation. Exercises will explore the full range of movement from standing to bending to lying down on the floor.
Who are the classes suitable for?
Classes are suitable for adults of all ages and abilities. You are encouraged to work safely within your own limits. You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire before starting the classes and may need permission to exercise from your GP if you have a heart condition, high blood pressure or bone, joint and muscle conditions. Written permission from your GP is not required, as long as you have asked for advice regarding your exercise readiness from your doctor. This is to allow you to work safely. You may be advised not to undertake specific movements e.g if you have had a joint replacement.
What do I wear and bring?
Please wear Yoga/ Pilates/Exercise-type clothing for comfort and ease of movement. You may need to bring a Yoga-type mat to lie on and a small towel to fold and rest your head on. Please check the class information.