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.
We offer modern Pilates classes and one-to-one sessions. Modern Pilates is devised with physiotherapists and is 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. Pilates is beneficial for adults of all ages and fitness levels.
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 if you prefer. Exercise progressions will be offered, however you will be encouraged to work within your safe limits and rest whenever you need to.
These Pilates classes blend ideas from the Alexander Technique (AT) with Modern Pilates exercises to help improve body-awareness, functional movement and general health and wellbeing. The combination of AT and Pilates allows you to find a balanced state of muscle tension to restore postural alignment and ease of movement.
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, but may still join the class.
What do I wear and bring?
Please wear Yoga/ Pilates/Exercise-type clothing for comfort and ease of movement. You will need to bring a Yoga-type mat to lie on and a thick towel to fold and rest your head on. Please check the class information.