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 takes place on Thursday evenings, 6:15-7:15pm at Walmer Parish Hall. Pre-booking is required. Book online HERE.
A basic exercise mat is needed but you may also want to consider having a thicker pilates mat, a belt and soft pilates ball to support some exercises (I can advise on where to purchase props.)
Tailored specifically to your postural needs and physical conditions, I offer private Pilates classes for 1-4 persons, on request and subject to availability, 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.
45-50 minute class: £30 (maximum 4 students).