“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young”Joseph Pilates
What is Fitness Pilates?
Fitness Pilates takes the original mat-work exercises and brings them up-to-date by adding functional adaptations, 3-dimensional movements and a whole-body focus. Over time you can expect to see improved flexibility and mobility, a stronger core and a better back. No previous experience is necessary.
It is not a clinical or diagnostic class but will help with generally strengthening and lengthening the body and reducing postural imbalance.
Fitness Pilates brings together mind and body and offers you the chance to ‘hang up your life’ for 60 minutes and focus on how your body moves & feels.
How does it fit in with other Pilates programs?
Fitness Pilates is aimed at all levels, ages and abilities. It sits very well alongside clinical Pilates sessions where the focus is more on rehabilitation, and it is also an excellent introduction for those who have not tried Pilates before.
Fitness Pilates is an excellent addition to any exercise routine, giving you the opportunity to train your body in a less ‘mechanical’ way. It provides a perfect balance to more physical forms of exercise and helps participants to develop a stronger connection with their bodies.
What is SpineSafe™ Pilates?
SpineSafe™ Pilates is based on the same principles as traditional pilates, combined with up-to-date research from the world of physiotherapy. It promotes core & pelvic stability, shoulder-girdle stabilisation & natural alignment through the body, with a view to reducing pain, improving mobility and strengthening the core muscles.
It offers a more specialised class which is suitable for clients who have spinal issues, age-related degeneration or injury, but is equally relevant for those without these issues.
Although it is still not a clinical or diagnostic class, SpineSafe™ Pilates sits very well alongside the work of your health care practitioner in supporting your spine health.
What does a Fitness Pilates or SpineSafe™ Pilates session involve?
Both classes are taught to music and typically consist of the following components:
- warm up/mobilisation/mental and physical preparation
- standing functional exercises
- mat work exercises
- relaxation section
“In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body” Joseph Pilates
What should I wear/bring?
- you will need comfortable clothing which stretches to allow you to move freely
- ideally you will have several light layers so that you can remove them as you get warm and add them back on for the relaxation section
- ideally you will have bare feet for the session but if you prefer to wear socks, the non-slip ones are best
- you might want to bring a bottle of water with you
- you will need to bring a yoga mat with you
When are the sessions?
Please refer to my class timetable for session times and venues
As each term-time course becomes available to book you will find availability here:
Small equipment to use at home:
If you would like to practice Fitness Pilates at home between sessions you might like to buy some of the small equipment we use in class. I have small inflatable balls (approx. 7-8″ diameter), prickly balls and medium resistance stretch bands available to order.
Please note items will be brought to your next session & will not be posted to you.