CLASS TIMES: 10am on Friday mornings. Please bring your own floor mats.
COST: £7 per class
Changing and toilet facilities are available if required.
Pilates class sizes are kept to a maximum of 7 people until COVID restrictions have been eased.
PILATES CLASS INFORMATION
Once Covid restrictions have been released, class sizes will be kept to a maximum of 8 people. This allows the instructor to give each individual effective attention and support when performing the exercises.
Who can do Pilates?
Because Pilates can be modified to provide either a gentle strength training program or a challenging workout, most people would have no problem with this form of exercise. It is suitable both for beginners and for people who already exercise regularly.
It is recommended to check with your health professional if you haven't exercised for a while, are older or pregnant, or have health problems.
Pilates may not be recommended if you have the following conditions:
Unstable blood pressure
A herniated disk
A risk of blood clots
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on the deep postural muscles. This helps to improve general fitness, postural alignment and overall well-being.
Similar to Yoga, Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. In Pilates the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.
Pilates also focuses on the mind-body connection. While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves. This helps to relieve stress and tension.
This form of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates in New York in the 1920's where he founded a new method of movement called 'Contrology' A practice to encourage the mind to control postural muscles to help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. His studio at this time was very close to the New York City Ballet and 'Contrology' became very popular with injured and recovering professional ballerinas. It wasn't actually until after his death that this practice evolved to become suitable for all and was named after him, 'Pilates'.
What are the health benefits of Pilates?
As Pilates focuses on core strength, posture and flexibility the health benefits include:
GOOD POSTURE Pilates will teach you to gain and maintain good posture. The exercises require that your body is always in alignment. This is especially beneficial if you suffer from lower back pain.
MUSCLE TONE The exercises involve the use of muscles that you may not use on a daily basis and will help to build tone.
This is especially good for older people and those who are normally quite sedate in their daily life as muscle tone is usually lost with age and inactivity.
FLEXIBILITY We tend to lose flexibility as we age or through lack of movement. Pilates will help to restore your flexibility.
After a while though, you'll be amazed at how much more flexible your body has become. This is especially important for avoiding injuries.
IMPROVES YOUR BALANCE Through the mind-body connection which is taught in Pilates you will become much more aware of how your body moves and performs.
Therefore, improving your physical balance through achieving correct posture.
REDUCES STRESS When doing the exercises, you'll be totally focused and won't be able to think about the stresses that weigh you down on a day-to-day basis.
You'll be more focused on your breathing and the moves that you are making with your body. This is an excellent way to relieve stress.
SENSE OF WELL BEING Pilates focuses on providing balance between your mind and body and it gives you an overall sense of well-being.
On the day of your class please ensure:
Our Cancellation Policy
Please wear a mask when entering and moving around the studio. No mask required when in your own space and during the class.
Wear appropriate, comfortable clothing that you can easily move in and remove loose jewellery.
If you feel unwell at any time during the class please stop immediately and alert the instructor.
Please don’t attend if you are feeling unwell, have any Covid symptoms or have been ordered to self-isolate.
Bring a minimum of belongings with you (anything you bring is at your own risk).
Have your own water bottle to hand and take small sips when required.
Bring a small towel/cushion with you.
Please arrive at least 5 mins before so that we are ready to go on time. If you are late you can’t be admitted due to the warm-up being a crucial part of the class and it is disruptive to others.
Should you need to cancel or move your class, we respectively request that is done at least 24hrs prior.
For classes cancelled up to 24 hours before the class starting a credit for a future class will be issued.