Pilates is a gentle strength and conditioning activity. It aims to improve how you move and reduce aches & pains by using smooth, steady and targeted exercises to develop strength, flexibility and movement control.
Is Pilates for Me?Pilates (pronounced "Pee-Lar-Teys") is for anyone. One of the many benefits of Pilates is that every exercise can be tailored to suit the individual, regardless of your age, gender, mobility issues and level of fitness. In my class I aim for everyone to be 'challenged' but always within the boundaries of what they can manage and what they are comfortable with. Consequently you can make it as hard - or as easy - as you like!
Pilates aims to improve your strength, flexibility and control in a balanced way, with particular emphasis on your "core" - the muscles comprising your stomach, back, shoulders and pelvis. It was developed in the early part of the 19th century by German-born Joseph Pilates who used his method to help rehabilitate wartime soldiers, before moving to the USA in the 1920's where he continued to teach Pilates for many decades.
What does the Class Involve & How can it Help Me?
The Pilates that I teach involves mat-based exercises in a variety of lying, sitting, kneeling and standing positions and all positions can be modified as necessary to suit. Pilates can help reduce aches and pains, improve flexibility and mobility, relieve stress and tension and reduce risk of injury. There is some evidence supporting Pilates helping to reduce back pain and many people attend the class because they find this to be the case.
When and Where is the Class?
I run a small group class on Mondays 1-2pm at the Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge HX7 7DD. The class is priced at £9 per class or you can block book 5 classes for £40.00, with these 5 classes to be taken over a maximum of 6 weeks. Do get in touch first to check that there’s space. A health information form needs to be filled in prior to your first session, downloadable from here or you can collect one from me on the day, just come a few minutes early so that you’ve time to fill it in. What to bring? Yourself wearing comfortable clothing - mats are provided courtesy of the Yoga Centre. Classes take place during term-time only.
I also use and teach Pilates as:
- A method of treatment, following assessment, with individual clients with specific problems - Privately on a one-to-one basis in your home or at my clinic - Privately in a small group setting at a location by your arrangement – contact me for further details To book drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07981 931853. And you can subscribe to my newsletter and pop a ‘like’ on Facebook for further details and updates.