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Yoga Crop_02aWhat is Pilates?

Pilates came about by a gentleman called Joseph Pilates in the late 1920’s in Germany.  He devised a sequence of moves that worked the mind and muscles in harmony. Joseph Pilates devised a series of exercises, training techniques to which he dedicated his entire life so that he could become physically stronger after suffering childhood ailments.

Pilates is a unique combination of exercises to correct posture, teach correct breathing and improve relaxation.

The general misconception of Pilates is that it is just for people with injuries however this is not the case as many athletes, professional ballet dancers and celebrities use Pilates to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility.

Who can attend?

Pilates is a great form of exercise that can be enjoyed by everyone no matter what age or level of fitness you are currently. All of the exercises you will be taught are have progressions so that you can choose the level that you feel comfortable to work at. The use of small equipment in Mat Based Pilates such as resistant bands and blocks are used as an aid to improve your workout.

If you are recovering from an injury or have any health conditions that could be affected from participating in a class please consult you local GP or health professional before entering a class. We may ask for your consent to liaise with them if necessary.

What to wear

When attending a class we recommend that you wear comfortable clothing like you would when going to the gym. No jeans or trousers with belts, buttons or zips. We also advise wearing clothing that enables you to see the contours of your body, as correct postural alignment is a key factor in Pilates. Therefore very baggy clothing may hinder your workout. Barefoot is recommended; however socks are optional. No shoes are allowed.

All mats and any other equipment you might need are provided for you when participating in one of our classes.

After Your Class

Each participant feels different after attending a Pilates class, You might feel taller, more evenly balanced, more body aware and hopefully relaxed yet invigorated. Depending on what level you worked at during the session, over the following couple of days your muscles might feel a bit sore (this is completely normal).

The benefits you can achieve from Pilates include:

  • Reduced Stress Levels
  • Reduced Back Pain
  • Increased Energy Levels
  • Improved Posture
  • Toned and leaner muscles
  • Increased Bone density (excellent for older woman due to risk of osteoporosis)
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Increased Joint Mobility
  • Improved Respiration
  • Increased Balance and Co-ordination
  • Reduce Muscular Aches and Pain
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