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Pilates

Pilates

Class Times

Time

Instructor

Level

Monday & Friday 09:30 plus Thursday 12:30 BEGINNERS Suitable for Beginners - Learn the Pilates Principles as we gently work through the Basic Pilates matwork exercises for Stability, Strength, Flexibility and Mobility.  Medical Screening Form required to be completed by you prior to starting Pilates so advanced booking essential. New clients welcome.
Tuesday 17.15 and 18:30 ALL LEVELS Tuesday evenings have space they are Beginner/Intermediate level classes
Thursday
09:30 and 10:45 
MIXED Thursday mornings have been running for over 12 years so have lots of regular attendees and are therefore the busiest classes.  09:30 currently has spaces but 10:45 is usually full each week with spaces booked up well in advance - there is also a new Thursday 12:30 class which is Beginner level and has spaces (see above).
Saturday 10.00 ALL LEVELS Suitable for all - a Pilates based workout to strengthen and tone.  New clients welcome.

Improve your flexibility,
strength and fitness.

Pilates is the perfect, non-impact way to keep flexible and fit. It is is suitable for all ages and abilties with benefits including greater freedom of movement, core strength and a healthy, strong and flexible spine, to name but a few.

The Classes

Classes start with a few gentle mobilising/relaxation exercises to get the mind and body prepared and allow unnecessary tension to release. You will be guided through finding your optimum postural alignment and also through finding your breath (which for Pilates is a lateral and thoracic).

Lead by demonstration and description you will complete a series of Pilates based exercises. Classes always include stability exercises for the pelvis, strengthening exercises for the abdomen, mobility and lengthening exercises for the spine.

Often, classical Pilates exercises will be included and sometimes equipment such as bands, balls, weights, rolls, isotoners, barrels, arcs, sit fits will complement the routine.

The Benefits...

Arrow Develops a strong core flattening and firming the abdominal area
Arrow Helps build strength and lean muscles without bulk and gives longer, sleeker appearance
Arrow Heightens body awareness and coordination
Arrow Promotes flexibility and agility
Arrow Teaches good posture and graceful movement
Arrow Strengthens and stretches simultaneously, promoting the rehydration of connective tissues and joints while helping develop muscle mass and bone density, effectively reversing the effects of aging from the inside out
Arrow Finish workout feeling relaxed with increased energy
...and much more.

Booking your Pilates Class

All mats and equipment are provided. Classes start promptly so you should arrive at least 5 minutes before hand, to give you time to remove outdoor coats and shoes and to settle on your mat. BOOK HERE

The history of Pilates...

The Pilates method of body conditioning was developed by Joseph H. Pilates while interned on the Isle of Man during the Frist World War, and was developed to strengthen and tone the muscles.

Pilates was plagued by sickness as a child, and his method sprang from his determination to strengthen his frail body. Joseph referred to his method as "The Art of Contrology", or muscle control, which highlighted his unique approach of using the mind to master the muscle. Pilates-based conditioning facilitates the development of lean, elongated muscle and functional movement that relates directly to activity or sport. Through accurate practice and alignment, deep breathing is coordinated with each movement, encouraging abdominal support of the spine, torso and limbs as well as increasing oxygen uptake. 
It improves posture, flexibility and balance. The routine itself has been carefully designed to increase strength and flexibility and elongate muscles; the beautiful result is a lean, strong body type similar to that of a professional dancer. 

Joseph Pilates

The Mind, Body and More...

"The mind itself builds the body," Joseph Pilates once said. Any successful athlete would agree. In sports, 
the 'zone' describes this mind-body connection. By emphasizing complete concentration, proper breathing and correct spinal and pelvic alignment, Pilates Fitness trains you to integrate mind and body in every session. Pilates is referred to as the 'science of control.' It is a non impact form of exercise that can be used by anyone.