All classes are based upon the original 34 movements developed by Joseph Pilates. Classes provide low impact yet highly intense workouts, ideal for everyone, classes are of mixed ability and suitable for beginners through to advanced level, sedentary or recuperating after illness or surgery. Furthermore, Pilates provides a safe and beneficial workout.
Beginner-Improvers Ideal for those new to the Pilates technique. This class you gain strength, stamina and flexibility safely, as you are guided through a series of beginner movements, modified and tailored to your own needs and ability.
Improvers-Intermediate (Mixed Ability) This class involve exercises which have beginner option to advanced option and clients go at their own level. It is a flowing class, new challenges combined with relaxation and stretching.
Intermediate-Advanced This class is designed for those already well versed in the Pilates technique. Both physically and mentally challenging, new movements are incorporated with combinations and higher intensity of known movements.
Small Equipment used is:-
Resistance Bands: They offer both assistance and support during your Pilates workout as well as providing constant resistance which promotes muscle strength. They allow you to move freely and achieve a large range of motion in all directions. Bands can add challenge and variety to your Pilates class. They also help you to enhance body awareness and can be used as a rehabilitation device.
Stability Balls: The Stability Ball has a prominent role in the world of clinical rehabilitation.
Pilates on the stability ball requires the whole body to maintain correct posture, balance and coordination. At the same time it improves muscle strength and muscle tone. It restores or improves flexibility and enhances spinal stability. Maintaining proper alignment on the stability ball stimulates the body’s natural motor reflexes. The ball is ideal for stretching and offers additional options to stretching techniques.
Small Balls: The Pilates Small Ball is a great way to enhance your Pilates workout as it focuses on your core muscle group and increases muscle activity. It can be used to help tone abdominals and inner thighs as well as increasing your strength, endurance and concentration. The unstable nature of the small ball offers a reduced base of support, so can help to challenge the body’s balance and control. It’s beneficial for pelvic floor exercises and suitable for relaxation and shoulder/neck massage.
Foam Rollers: Foam Rollers were originally used for rehabilitation work. The unstable base means that the rollers are great for challenging your core stability and assist in developing the deep stabilising muscles by challenging the body’s balance and control. They can also be used for stretching and massaging by putting your body weight on the roller.
Pilates Circle: The Circle provides moderate resistance to Pilates. They can be used to engage the core muscles and increase muscle activity in the pelvic region. They help to strengthen the muscles in the shoulder, hips, inner and outer thighs. The Pilates circle can also be utilised when performing stretching exercises.
Weighted Balls: Pilates Weighted Balls are used for light weight training to add more resistance to the exercises. The balls can help to develop better balance, coordination and flexibility as well as strengthen the shoulders, arms and upper torso. The soft, hand sized balls are the perfect size to allow you to hold them comfortably. They come in various weights, allowing you to increase the resistance as you progress.