Pilates

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” – Joseph Pilates

Daily mat classes of maximum 12 people are run by Jill Raine and Emma Malone who use a unique structured programme of 14 levels starting from complete beginners right up to Full Mat level and then Pilates Challenge.


Pilates Assessment

If you have already done Pilates or are wanting to join a class without doing Pilates Preparation, an initial assessment is required to ensure that you enrol in the right level of class for your ability. During this one hour assessment we do a postural assessment, check your stabilisation and run through some of the mat exercises to assess your flexibility, mobility and understanding.


Pilates Preparation

Complete beginners join the Pilates Preparation class which is a six week course designed to teach you all the basics to enable you to start exercising safely plus information on anatomy, alignment and breathing.


Pilates Mat Classes

We use a unique structured series of class plans with six weeks in each level so that you learn all the basic mat exercises and gradually build up to the Full Mat sequence – the original exercises as done by Joseph Pilates (see his book Return to Life through Contrology)
This ensures that you learn all the variations and, more importantly, that you understand when and why you need to adapt the exercises for your individual abilities
At the end of each level we have a review class so you can see what improvement you have made and what you need to focus on in the future.

“In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” – Joseph Pilates

Pilates Challenge

pilates_strippedbackOnce you have mastered the Full Mat sequence you can move on to Pilates Challenge, which is based on Miranda Bass’ Stripped Back Pilates
This is Miranda’s version of the sequence done in 30 minutes to a CD of percussive sounds.
You can get her DVD and CD from www.basspilates.com


Pilates Challenge Extra

Experience Pilates Challenge in the zone doing the class with Jill. Learn to listen to the music, hear the cues and find the time and space to improve your form.

Only open to people who know the sequence – available as catch ups or extras. No talking, no faffing, no excuses!


“With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person?” – Joseph Pilates

Benefits of Pilates

  • Improves posture
  • Improves mobility and flexibility of the spine
  • Increases muscle strength, endurance and tone
  • Promotes healthy joints
  • Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
  • Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders
  • Facilitates injury prevention and physical rehabilitation
  • Improves motor skills such as balance and co-ordination
  • Builds stamina and increases circulation
  • Encourages deep and efficient breathing
  • Improves well being
  • Alleviates aches and pains, particularly back problems
  • Through weight bearing exercises, it helps to improve bone density
  • Relieves stress and tension
  • Heightens body awareness
  • Improves quality of life

 

“A man is as young as his spinal column.” – Joseph Pilates