What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise method designed to stretch, strengthen and restore the body to balance. It consists of a series of low impact toning exercises which work the body from the inside out. Pilates focuses on balancing and realigning the body, stabilising the spine, and increasing strength, mobility and flexibility. It also helps you develop an awareness of how your body works, helping your mind and body work in harmony. Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level.
Based upon an anatomical understanding of the body’s muscular and skeletal systems, I will create an individual comprehensive exercise programme for you. Classes focus on specific areas whilst using exercises that integrate the whole body to re-educate and restore it to optimum musculo-skeletal function.
10 REASONS TO TRY PILATES TODAY:
Hours spent sitting in front of a computer screen or slumped in front of a TV, compromise the strength and stability of the spine, resulting in back pain and rounded shoulders. Pilates helps to re-align the spine and create posture.
Relief from back pain
As mentioned above, a great deal of lower back pain comes from poor posture and daily mistreatment of our spines. Realignment of your spine and improved posture, can eliminate back pain entirely.
A good night’s sleep
Sleep is essential to life. Pilates can help stretch muscles, releasing tension and pain, and can help trigger natural sleep responses.
Increased strength and stamina
Pilates focuses on developing your “core” muscles – muscles found in your abdominal and pelvic regions as well as in your back. By toning and stretching these muscles, and by correcting your posture, your natural strength and stamina will improve in leaps and bounds. In combination with this, Pilates will also give you a full body workout, working muscles you didn’t even know you had!
Osteoporosis affects three million people in the UK every year, with bones becoming weak and susceptible to fractures (especially bones in the spine, wrist and hips). By promoting good posture and balance, pilates can actively help you avoid becoming one of those people.
Relaxation and stress relief
Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that creates body awareness. And the better you understand your body and how it works, the easier it will be for you to release tension, relax and beat the stresses and strains of modern life.
Help with prevention of incontinence
Stress incontinence is the most common form of incontinence and affects over three million people in the UK. A common cause of this type of incontinence in women is pregnancy or old age, where the pelvic floor muscles can be weakened. Pilates helps strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, thereby curing what can be a very distressing problem.
Improved balance and co-ordination
Pilates helps improve your balance and co-ordination by realigning your spine and strengthening your “core” muscles. Better balance and co-ordination means fewer injuries. It is especially good for sports people and dancers.
Aids recovery after injury and prevents reoccurrence
Because of its low impact nature, pilates is widely recognised as being beneficial to people who are recovering from injury. In fact, many of the injuries that sports people are afflicted with can be avoided – and pilates can play a big part in ensuring correct body movement and core body strength leads to fewer such injuries.
No pain plenty gain!
Is a gentle but effective non-aerobic form of exercise that will tone and strengthen your muscles and transform poor posture, without stressing the joints or the heart.
Our pilates 1-1 sessions are taught at Fine Fettle
Our pilates group classes are taught at the Space Centre