Pilates Classes Selection

We have a pilates class for everyone

Class Selection

We specialise in adapting our exercises during every class to suit beginners, intermediate and advanced clients, as well as for specific conditions such as back pain or spine rehabilitation. We also run 1-1 and 1-2 sessions for clients who’d like the full focus of the instructor.

We address a full range of health issues during each small Pilates group session. You can be fully confident that any concerns you have at the start of each class – be it a slight ache, small niggle or recurring pain – will be addressed, further explored if needed, and taken into account when working through each exercise. Here’s what you can expect from any of our Pilates classes and sessions:

Pregnancy & Postnatal Pilates

We run dedicated classes for both pregnancy Pilates and mum and baby Pilates. You can find everything you need to know on our Pregnancy Pilates Classes page.

Beginner’s Mat Pilates

Beginner’s mat work classes are small, friendly, and ideal for those who’ve never tried Pilates before. You’ll work alongside others who want to feel the benefit of Pilates, without using large equipment. During the session, you’ll use a combination of:

mat work

foam rollers

weighted balls

elastic bands

exercise balls

You’ll always work within your own abilities, raising awareness of your the way your body moves, while continually developing strength and flexibility.

All new clients will be invited to a free 1-1 session before signing up to a class, so that the full extent of your mobility can be assessed. If you’re already a member, book here.

Equipment and Mat Pilates

When you regularly attend Pilates classes, don’t be surprised to see many of the same faces in your small group each week. The joy of Pilates is that it benefits everyone: those who have a problem area to work on, those who want to increase flexibility and core stability, and those who are well experienced and love to be continually pushed.

As you become more experienced using the equipment, and your technique and strength improves, you’ll enjoy the continual challenge of advanced equipment Pilates. Everyone is verbally assessed at the beginning of the session to understand any limitations, and you’ll be led through 60 minutes of Pilates exercises challenging your core strength, balance and co-ordination to safe limits. We’ll closely supervise you throughout the session, making sure you have good execution of every movement. This means you’ll safely exert your body without aggravating any problem areas.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with the huge range of Pilates studio equipment available including:

reformer

chair

trapeze table

ladder barrel

mat

foam rollers

weighted balls

elastic bands

exercise balls

You’ll always work within your own abilities, raising awareness of your the way your body moves, while continually developing strength and flexibility.

All new clients will be invited to a free 1-1 session before signing up to a class, so that the full extent of your mobility can be assessed. If you’re already a member, book here.

Spine Rehabilitation Pilates

Do you suffer from occasional or recurring back pain? If so, it’s the most common issue we deal with, and Pilates classes can often help to alleviate many of these problems.

All medical referral notes are welcomed and we’ll work closely with your consultant, GP or practitioner to ensure that we’re delivering what is expected from each exercise therapy session. Our unique client management system allows us to track all information related to your health and exercise log book, so you can always be reassured that your health is our first priority. We’d recommend Pilates classes to anyone who has:

long-term or recurring back pain

previous inter-vertebral disc injuries or prolapses

pre or post spine surgery

What can I expect during a class?

You’ll enjoy 60 minutes of structured exercises using top of the range Pilates studio equipment. This includes:

reformer

chair

trapeze table

ladder barrel

mat

foam rollers

weighted balls

elastic bands

exercise balls

As classes are always small, we will constantly adapt each exercise to your meet your own personal capabilities. You’ll always get plenty of feedback to help you make the most of each move, enabling you to get the full benefits from your Pilates workout.

Progression and regression of the exercises will be assessed on a monthly basis. We’ll ensure that you understand all aspects of each exercise like breathing, muscle synergy, alignment and equipment settings. This ensures that you get maximum results throughout the hour.

Spine and back rehab sessions will help you to manage your back pain and feel better.

All new clients will be invited to a free 1-1 session before signing up to a class, so that the full extent of your mobility can be assessed. If you’re already a member, book here.

Free 1-1 Sessions for New Starters

We love welcoming new people into our Pilates classes, and absolutely understand any hesitations you might have about trying something new. All new clients will have a FREE initial 1-1 session with one of us, so that a full history and flexibility assessment can be made. Once we understand your requirements, we can book you into a Pilates class that fits with your lifestyle. Book your free Pilates session today.

1-1 or 1-2 Private Sessions

If you’d prefer to have some personalised sessions on a 1-1 or 1-2 basis, we’ll find a time that best suits us both. We’re all highly qualified and experienced in Pilates and rehabilitation, so you can feel fully confident that every session will be individually tailored to your needs. We make a point of teaching clients the correct functional biomechanics and techniques to strengthen their bodies efficiently and intelligently, for long-lasting results. Home exercises are always given to sustain your continuity and progression.

All new clients will be invited to a free 1-1 Pilates session before signing up to a class, so that a full assessment can be made. If you’re already a member, book your Pilates class here.

The Benefits of Reformer Pilates

A reformer is one of the key pieces of equipment used in a Pilates sessions as it offers many different benefits for every client.

The reformer is a wooden frame that is about the same length as a single bed although slightly narrower in width. Inside the frame sits a flat carriage that you can sit, kneel, stand or lie on, which moves back and forth on wheels, depending on the exercise you’re doing.

The padded headrest attached to the carriage can be adjusted up or down depending on how much support the neck needs during a particular movement, and the padded shoulder blocks make every exercise a comfortable experience. One end of the carriage has a set of springs that can be quickly attached in various combinations to increase or decrease resistance during an exercise, ensuring every client can work within their own abilities.

Above the springs is a foot bar which is the same width as the reformer frame, and it is adjustable depending on the height of the client and the type of exercise being carried out. The bar is multi-functional and can be used as a hand support when doing ‘the plank’, as a foot perch during ‘kneeling splits’ and to push against when lying down to complete the ‘walking on the spot’ movement.

Ropes similar in thickness to a skipping rope are also attached to the reformer and offer two different lengths of hand straps to use during an exercise such as ‘the hundred’, ‘arm circles’ and ‘mid-back series’. They can also be used with your feet for movements such as ‘leg circles’, ‘the frog’ and ‘the stag’. These straps can also be interchanged for other handles including tri-loops, Y-loops and triple D ring loops.

Reformers are widely used in equipment Pilates because they are so versatile. You can push, pull and perch with your hands and feet, stand, sit, kneel and lie down on your front, side or back to bend, twist, crunch, curl and rotate. Adding additional equipment such as weighted balls and flex rings allow you to perform hundreds of different Pilates exercises. Regular Pilates classes can lead to improved posture, core strength, flexibility and pain relief and as every exercise is tailored to your own level of strength and skill, ensuring that people of all ages and abilities feel the benefits from regular sessions every week.

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