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.
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.
My Pilates classes are popular and the majority that attend are doing so regularly once or twice a week so it is part of their regular weekly schedule.
My Pilates Training
I started training to teach Pilates in 2003 and following an intensive teacher training in London and 50 hours supervised practical client coaching in a London Studio I realised I preferred a less rigid approach and needed more freedom for what I wanted to deliver. I qualified to a Level 3 Advanced Pilates Teacher but changed my approach to a more contemporary style and started weaving exercises and principles I had self learned from The Alexander Technique, Franklin Method and Egoscue Method and some Yoga and Fitness Training into my Pilates Classes. This contemporary style suits my clientele.
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.