|Day||Time||Teacher||£ / class*||To try a class|
|Friday||09.30-10.30||Alexandra||£8||free to observe one then 1:1 necessary prior to joining (£40 /hr)|
|Friday||10.45-11.45||Alexandra||£8||free to observe one then 1:1 necessary prior to joining (£40 /hr)|
* Pay per course; you may try out a class, after which you will be requested to pay per course. The length of each course varies depending on bank holidays, schools etc (usually 6- 12 weeks)
Please contact the teacher for current course dates, and to arrange to try out a class
Please note, Pilates is not suitable for the first trimester of pregnancy. You may attend after this provided you have practised Pilates before
Pilates targets the deep postural core muscles, building strength from the inside out, re-balancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape the body which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It improves posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility. Better breathing helps relieve stress and tension. Pilates is ideal for athletes looking to enhance their performance, fine tune their technique and reduces their risk of injury, it is also ideal for first time exercisers. Its’ slow, precise and controlled approach means that it gives long-term results. It is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems.
Based on the work of Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) The Body Control Pilates® Method has broken down the “classical” Pilates exercises, which take years to perfect and are probably well beyond the capabilities of the average person, into a safe and effective program. In this way Body Control Pilates® teachers can work with first time exercisers, older clients, clients needing rehabilitation after injury or an operation, as well as challenging elite athletes. Both the gold medal winning men’s rowing four and Chelsea football team train with a Body Control Pilates® teacher as part of their routine and Elizabeth Hurley puts her streamlined curves down to a daily session with her Body Control Pilates ®teacher!
These good movement skills are taught step-by-step, which will ultimately give you the strength and flexibility needed to perform the more advanced classical Pilates exercises. Class size will never exceed 10 people ensuring close supervision and support for each individual.
Whether you want to work on a one-to-one basis or in a group class the Body Control Pilates® method can help you achieve you goals!
Muscles exert force to overcome resistance. Training results include increased muscle fiber endurance, size and strength along with increased connective tissue strength. With increased muscular endurance, your muscles are able to exert force for extended periods. Increased endurance enables you to perform everyday tasks without fatigue. Additional benefits include improved muscle tone as muscles are lengthened and strengthened without appearing bulky.
The focus of proper positioning is within the core, your abdomen and lower back muscles. By conditioning the core muscles, they will contract with all movements to stabilize and align your spine. A strong core will increase the effectiveness of all exercises due to your ability to maintain proper alignment. Core strength increases your ability to generate power to your muscles and decreases the risk of injury.
With improved alignment, your muscles will strengthen to improve spinal support and stability. Improved posture will lengthen your joints giving you a taller appearance. Muscular imbalances will be corrected decreasing the risk for injury, especially to the lower back. Awareness of proper posture during exercise will carry over to awareness of proper posture when performing everyday movements.
Flexibility is the range of motion of your muscles and connective tissue. Pilates require your muscle groups to move through a full range of motion. Improved flexibility decreases strain and stress on your joints and muscles. Muscles contract with increased efficiency, and workouts are more effective. Improved flexibility reduces stiffness, soreness and the chance of injury. You can perform everyday movements with less strain and fatigue.
Pilates workouts emphasize proper breathing. Breathing becomes deeper and less frequent, resulting in improved relaxation. Benefits include increased lung capacity and breathing efficiency during workouts and at rest. Your lungs are better equipped to supply your body with increased oxygen during workouts. Energy levels increase during exercise and at rest.
Pilate’s exercises focus on understanding and engaging with your body. while your body does the exercise, It trains the mind to control and direct the body.
Pilate’s exercises target the core areas, so you move from the centre instead of from overused tired external muscles.
Pilate’s exercises start with the breath and encourage flowing movement.
Pilates teaches concentration, precision, control, and centering, breathing, and flowing movement.