Pilates is a system of body conditioning that focuses on improving flexibility, muscular strength and endurance in a low-impact way. It’s a system of specific exercises originally created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. He used the exercises to rehabilitate patients during World War I and then the exercises were used by gymnasts and others to help reach their full physical potential. Over time, Pilates’ exercises have been modified to suit a wider range of abilities but they still very much emphasize proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.
The Pilates class is a mat-based class that focuses on:
- strengthening the core group of muscles that support the spine to reduce the risk of injury, aches and pains as well as improving posture
- stretching and lengthening muscles that get tight as a result of daily life e.g. sitting for prolonged periods, exercising and not stretching properly, tension or sleeping badly, and
- improving range of movement and the ability to move freely.
This is a low-impact class, and all the exercises can be adapted to suit different abilities.
The class is held at my home in Walmer at 6-6:55pm on Thursday evenings. The class costs £7 per session if you pay as you go or £20 for a monthly block of 4 classes.
A basic yoga mat is provided as well as any other equipment used during the class but I do recommend buying your own pilates mat to give you more support and comfort during the class. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely but it not too baggy.
Tailored specifically to your postural needs and physical conditions, I offer private Pilates classes for 1-4 persons, on request and subject to availability, either at your home or at my home in Walmer.
This option is perfect if you have any specific bone or joint conditions, e.g. low back pain, herniated disc, scoliosis, arthritis etc that may mean a class environment is not suitable for you.
Home visits: usually 45 minutes, £30 (one or two to one only)
My home: up to an hour, £30 (maximum 4 students).