“ Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness” Joseph Pilates
Pilates builds functional strength, this means building strength throughout your body without compromising flexibility, and therefore good alignment and posture. It is a holistic fitness program which incorporates both eastern and western thinking. It requires you to focus on individual muscles and this added focus and concentration helps to create that mindful connection from your brain to your body. Unlike many exercises which target the superficial muscles, Pilates goes deeper starting with your core muscles and working out creating a strong and supple body.
My aim is to run classes that enable you to not only feel the benefits of Pilates but to teach you simple moves you can do at home and how to use Pilates in your daily life.
I offer a range of group Pilates classes for all levels and abilities. A hands-on approach, with the technique of each movement the key focus allowing you to really understand how to move correctly. Pilates class numbers are kept small, so that you receive individual attention and make the greatest gains in your strength and flexibility. If you would like to talk about your requirements for personal one to one or two to one Pilates in the comfort of your home please contact me.
All Pilates classes and retreats are now run through my sister company Beyond the Studio Pilates please click on the links below to atke you to the right page on my other website.
Pilates Class Levels
My aim with all my classes is to offer a bespoke service. Apart from my Get up and Go council led classes all private Pilates classes run with no more than 10 clients per session to make sure I can give a personalised service and feedback on every move. So although below shows the difference between class levels I can accommodate everyone within my classes in most cases.
Starting with the complete basics and principles at a physically gentle level. This can be more of a challenge mentally as you learn how to use your body correctly and identify how to avoid ‘compensations’. This is where everyone should start off on their Pilates journey.
Building on the techniques learned in the beginners classes, in Improvers, we develop the exercises to a more physically demanding level, whether that means increasing the range of movement or reps required per exercise. One or two alternatives and explanation and visual demonstration will be given. Improvers requires knowledge of the basic principles but not necessarily great physical strength.
The pace of this level is faster with slightly less detailed explanation as we go through progressions. Participants are expected to know the exercises as they start to explore harder movements and begin to understand their own limits, with more verbal correction given.
This most physically demanding level, a real work-out but still follows the basic principles. Everyone should work to their own level within each exercise. The pace is fast moving and challenging. Participants are expected to know their own limits and modification alternatives if a move does not suit their body.