Pilates is an exercise class, largely based on the mat, where an emphasis is placed on core, pelvic and back strengthening. The classes would not only just involve strengthening these muscles, but the legs and arms also. It’s primary goal is to improve posture, improve abdominal, back and pelvic strength and improve flexibility of the spine and legs. They are excellent if you want to get fit, improve your overall strength and help your recovery if you’ve suffered an injury.
The classes can be as easy or as tough as you make it. The exercises demonstrated in the classes can be made easier or harder depending on your level. Our classes here are delivered by experienced chartered physiotherapists, and Chen who is our very experienced Pilates instructor. Both the physiotherapists and Chen have completed relevant training in this discipline – they are experts in body movement. We have a direct link from our clinic to our classes as they happen in the same building. We ask you to fill in a screening form to ensure your safety to take part in the classes. Below is a brief description of the Pilates classes we host:
- Beginners Pilates – Our Physiotherapists, Sean and Rachel, lead these classes for those who have very limited or no experience of Pilates. It is an introduction to common but important movement patterns and cues. Ideal for those recovering from injury.
- Mixed Level & Advanced Pilates – as the names suggest, these classes involve more difficult exercises than those in the Beginners. It is suggested that those who have completed some Beginner classes and are more experienced in Pilates, and those who want to continue to progress their strength should try these ones.
- Pregnancy Pilates – this class is for pregnant women and is suitable for most women. If you have been doing Pilates regularly, then you can move into the Pregnancy class as soon as you feel you want to. If you have never done it before, and are generally not an active person, and are in your first trimester, we recommend not trying this until you’ve hit your second trimester. The class is completely safe during your pregnancy and it’s purpose is to improve your strength and flexibility in your pelvis and spine so that as the foetus grows, you become stronger and stronger in order to tolerate the pregnancy as much as you can. It will also allow you to recover quicker after you’ve given birth. Think of it like Prehab!
- Post Natal Pilates – this class is geared to those who have had their baby. As soon as you feel up to it, this class is more tailored to improving the pelvic ligament stability after the birthing process. You can continue in this class for 1-2 years after labour.
- Men’s Only Pilates – we know Pilates is very popular with females! As a result, our physiotherapist Sean has designed a class just for men! It is more difficult than a Beginners, so if you are a man who’s totally new to Pilates, trying out the Beginners class would be a good start. Sean also leads a Beginners class here so that the transition is seamless!