About The Class
What is Pilates – Pilates is a system of whole body movements incorporating the 6 Joseph Pilates Principles. Breath, centre, concentration, control, flow and precision. Without our principles it just becomes a movement class!
Who is Pilates for? – Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness from the pure beginner to elite athlete.
What are the health benefits of Pilates – Pilates can improve posture, balance and joint mobility, increase flexibility as well as relieve stress and tension enabling you to move and hold yourself better.
Can Pilates help reduce back pain – There is scientific evidence that pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain. In Pilates you create your very own corset of strength and strengthen the muscles that support your spine.
“Taking regular Pilates classes is like taking an insurance policy out on your body so you can continue doing the things you love doing for the rest of your life, or like a weekly MOT for your body”
My aim is make you feel better, look better and move better!
Pilates with Helen
Can only be described as life changing.
This is the Pilates foundation class – designed to take you step by step through the 6 principles behind the Pilates technique and to help you build familiarity with Pilates mat exercises. You will learn how to develop better posture by increasing core strength, improve balance and stability and increase mobility and flexibility – this is what Pilates is famous for! Perfect for those new to Pilates – we focus on bringing you the fundamentals that will allow you to move with more freedom, control and precision in your everyday life.
Once familiarised with the Pilates method, the fundamental movements and you have built up your core strength you can then challenge further. Improvers Pilates offers you more challenging movements. We combine the movements using small pieces of equipment to take you to the next level- foam roller, balance pads, fitness circle, flex bands, toning balls and small ball are some examples of the equipment you will use!
“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a new body.
Body Control Pilates
“Pilates is a mind and body training programme which helps to keep you both mentally and physically in shape. Pilates teaches you to be aware of your body and your movements. As you learn the Fundamentals of Alignment, Breathing and Centering (Core Stability) you will immediately notice (or perhaps others will!) an improvement in your posture, you will stand taller. Even after a few sessions you should find you are more flexible, your balance and co-ordination will improve and you’ll start to tone up all over, particularly around your middle as you streamline your body.” Lynne Robinson – Founder of Body Control Pilates.
Chair Exercise Class
This ‘fun’ chair based exercise class is for those who would like to improve their health and well being but struggle to get on and off the floor.
My aim is to improve your mobility, flexibility and core strength. Other factors to be included that will benefit you are….Improved posture, alleviate joint and back pain and increase your balance by using the ‘chair’ to do standing stability work.
We shall be using small equipment such as small balls and flex bands and my hedgehogs will also make an occasional appearance too!
Class structure – 45 minutes
Standing balance and functional movements [holding onto Chair]
**Please Note** you will need to download this form, fill it in and bring with you to my class.