Pilates is a wonderful training method that focuses on re-aligning the whole body and encouraging effective movement patterns
It is a total body conditioning program that promotes toning and flexibility of muscles in order to maintain correct posture. Named after Joseph Pilates the method focuses on core stability and strength to help alleviate many aches and pains caused by our sedentary lifestyles and poor posture.
It has received much attention in the press due to its popularity with celebrities, athletes and elite sportsmen. The benefits of taking up this movement form are numerous, from building ‘core stability’ to helping posture, breathing patterns and much much more.
Group classes are run during the school term and cost approximately £10 a class. Numbers are kept small (maximum 9 people) to ensure plenty of personal attention and to cater for those who would find big group classes too daunting.
3 Week Beginners Course
16th - 30th March
This 3 week course is designed to teach you the basics of the Pilates methodology. You will learn key concepts such as core engagement and alignment. Exercises are repeated each week so that you feel confident. It is important to go at your own pace and by keeping the classes small there is ample opportunity for personal corrections and to ask questions.
9.30am Pilates (general/bone health)
10.35am Yoga (general)
6.20pm Yoga (Intermediate)
7.25pm Pilates (Intermediate)
8.30pm NEW Pilates Beginners
6.20pm Pilates (general)
7.25pm Men's Class
8.30pm Pilates (Improvers)
6.20pm Yoga (general)
7.25pm Pilates (Improvers)
8.30pm Beginners Ashtanga
Pilates for those with osteoporosis
It is estimated that in the UK 50% of women and 20% of men over 50 will suffer a fracture. Due to our sedentary lifestyles the prevalence of Osteoporosis in the UK is rising.
Osteoporosis is the term given to a lowered in bone density and the resulting increased risk of fracture. Many of these fractures occur at the hip and wrist but also can occur in the spine. Current guidelines for those with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis is to avoid flexion of the spine (curving forwards) and many twisting and side bending movements. Therefore, many common Pilates exercises are not advised. Instead weight-bearing, resistance and impact exercise should be done in order to encourage the body to lay down more bone mass.
If you have been diagnosed with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis please contact us to discuss how we can help you safely exercise and perhaps join our bone health class designed specifically to help protect your body from fractures.
If you suffer from back pain or specific health conditions it is advisable to have at least one private session before attending a general Pilates class.
In a private session the focus is very much on your abilities and your goals and is very useful when suffering from particular conditions. As an exercise referral specialist Danielle is fully qualified to work with those with a variety of issues such as: Asthma, Arthritis, COPD, Diabetes, Hypertension, joint replacement surgery, back pain, mental health, MS and parkinsons.
4-6 sessions will give you a good grounding in the Pilates style and how it can help you. Please note that if you suffer with any of the above you must check with your GP before starting any new forms of physical activity and exercises.