Natural movement with Pilates
Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient and graceful movement.
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.
As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This can be one of the ways Pilates helps some people overcome back pain; as the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.
My method of teaching is not about 'correcting' or 'fixing'; it is more about guiding you on a journey of self-exploration within your own body. There are different ways of performing each exercise and it is about finding out which method works best for you. Throughout the process you may find alternative ways of moving which cause less stress to your body and gain a greater awareness of your own movement patterns.
Pilates is a ‘mind and body’ exercise:
By paying attention to all aspects of your health and how they fit together, a strong, dynamic and flexible body and mind will result (Joseph Pilates 1883-1967).
Exploring movement within your body can bring about a greater awareness and understanding of how your body works both internally and externally. You can become stronger, more flexible and able to function in everyday life with grace and ease.
Classes will leave you feeling stretched and relaxed yet energised at the same time. Your posture and balance may improve as well as your breathing.
Therapeutic movement with Pilates based exercises can also help alleviate back pain alongside other rehabilitative issues.
Who are these classes for?
They are suitable for all levels of fitness for both men and women of all ages and communities. All the exercises are performed on a mat in bare feet or socks and can be adapted to suit individual needs where necessary.
It is a completely safe form of exercise when taught correctly and clearly; it therefore excludes no-one.