Pilates

Balance strength, flexibility and mobility with toning,
floor based exercises

About Pilates

Pilates is an effective body conditioning method.
It places an emphasis on using the core stabilising muscles of the abdomen and back to achieve a better balance between strength and flexibility. It is a functional form of exercise improving efficiency of movement in daily activities.
Combining slow, flowing movement, breath awareness and attention to correct body alignment, Pilates engages mind as well as muscle to bring about a feeling of physical and mental wellbeing.

Pilates can have great results for men and women of all ages and fitness levels and its benefits include:

History

German born Joseph Pilates, a keen sportsman, devised his fitness method at the time of the First World War.
After the war he emigrated to America and set up a studio in New York teaching his exercise programme which quickly attracted sportsmen, actors and dancers.
The Pilates exercise method was brought to Britain in the 1970s but it is really from the 1990s that it has become accessible to all.
It continues to increase in popularity as its benefits as one of the safest and most effective forms of body conditioning exercise are now widely recognised.

About The Instructor

I trained with Michael King and the Pilates Institute (now known as Pilates Precision).  I hold a Level 3 Pilates Matwork Diploma, the highest current level of Pilates qualification meeting national standards agreed by the fitness industry. I continually update and enhance my skills by attending workshops and courses, including:

Group Classes

Classes are multi-level to suit all fitness levels and all ages from 16 to 70+. Everyone is encouraged to work at the level most appropriate to their current ability with modifications and progressions being offered as appropriate.

A class will typically begin with gentle standing work to focus and prepare the body. A series of toning exercises are then performed on the mat lying on the back, side and front or whilst seated. Small equipment such as soft balls, resistance bands and foam rollers may be used during class to introduce added assistance or challenge. At the end of class there is a short guided relaxation section.

Clothing worn should be comfortable and allow freedom of movement eg leggings or track suit bottoms and t-shirt. Some people like to put on an extra layer for relaxation. No special shoes are required as Pilates is performed with bare feet or in socks.

I believe in a class content that is varied but attainable, keeping participants motivated and inspired. Class participants generally leave feeling energised yet relaxed, lengthened and probably several inches taller!

If you are recovering from an injury, postural related problem or medical condition, please check with your doctor or health practitioner about the suitability of joining a group Pilates class. I shall then be pleased to discuss the most appropriate class for you to attend.

Personal Training

There are a number of reasons why one-to-one Pilates sessions may be appropriate. Individual sessions tailored to your specific requirements can make a real difference if you are:

For those who are looking for a cost effective way of receiving more individual attention then a one-to-two training session with a friend, work colleague or family member is an option to be considered.

Exercise for Low Back Pain Management

Medical guidelines recommend that people with persistent non-specific low back pain should be encouraged to stay physically active and exercise. I hold a certificate in Exercise for Low Back Pain Management. This enables me to conduct assessments and design individual progressive exercise programmes to suit the specific needs of those with ongoing low back problems.

Please see Cost & Location for more details.