What is Pilates?
Pilates is one of the most popular exercise systems in the country. It seems like everyone is either doing Pilates, or interested in starting a Pilates exercise programme. One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy and people at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
Unlike some forms of exercise Pilates does not overdevelop some parts of the body and neglect others. Whilst Pilates training does focus on Core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole.
Why Pilates works
Pilates works the deep stabilizing muscles of the core which include your deep trunk muscles, the muscles that support you spine, the pelvic floor muscles, which support your bowels and bladder as well muscles of your buttocks and hips.
The Pilates method teaches you how to control your body and use you’re stabilizing muscles, helping you to move better which in turn will improve posture, back & joint pain and well as prevent injury.
Here are just some of the benefits of Pilates…
- Improve Back pain or stiffness
- Improve joint pain or stiffness
- Improve posture
- Flatten tummy & tighten your waist
- Strengthen & tone you muscles including bums & Thighs
- Promote relaxation
- Improve Flexibility
- Aid recovery from surgery
How long will it take to feel Pilates is making a difference?
In most cases you will feel an improvement in the way your body feels and moves within 12 weeks. Most people feel a difference in their back or joint pain within this time. You will also see a vast improvement in posture, balance and strength within this time too
How many times per week should I attend?
I recommend at least once a week but the more you can do the better the results will be. I also offer a home programme as part of my packages, so you can choose to follow the exercises at home via video link, especially for those who are keen to get results more quickly!
What’s the difference between Mat based and Reformer Pilates?
A mat based Pilates class consists of some standing balance work but mostly mat based floor exercises. We will focus primarily on core work and although your arms and legs will still get a workout, the emphasis is on using the deep truck and stabilizing muscles of the body (your core). Mat work is great for those who reallyneed to focus on balance, posture and mobility.
During a reformer class we use the reformer machines which make the exercises more diverse. The springs and pulleys on the reformer can add resistance for more challenge or can assist participants during more challenging movements making them easier. Reformer Pilates is great for those looking for a more challenging workout and those who want to tone and strengthen. We also offer Cardio Reformer classes for those looking to improve cardiovascular fitness and burn calories.