Pilates is an established and recommended form of exercise by many medical practitioners, developed by Joseph Pilates to initially improve his own health and fitness. The Pilates method is developed around precise flowing movements and when practiced, faulty movement patterns in the body can be identified and corrected. Pilates realigns, evenly conditions the body, improving posture and back strength. The body is stretched and strengthened, targeting the deep ‘core’ muscles giving the body a defined and lean shape. Flexibility is improved, joint mobility enhanced, helping to decrease and prevent muscular pain and tension.
Barre classes developed to help tone, sculpt and stretch muscles whilst learning basic ballet technique. Blending the strength and conditioning of ballet alongside the stability and control of Pilates. The classes improve posture and flexibility by targeting core, hips, legs and back, helping you to feel stronger in body and mind.
Aimed at raising your heart rate and improving overall functionality, strength, mobility and stamina. A non-stop class intended for Pilates fans who desire a more intense cardio workout without losing the principals of Pilates. Combining high energy, up-beat movement with the precision and focus of a Pilates class.
Beginner Hatha Yoga classes: Exploring the fundamentals to connect mind, body and breath. The health benefits include improved flexibility, muscle tone, coordination, balance and relaxation. Classes provide a solid foundation to move onto the next stage. Mixed Ability Hatha Yoga classes: Deepening your practice while respecting any physical boundaries in a non-competitive environment. Creating mind-space and de-stressing with an intertwined practice of flowing movements, postures and breath work.
Gentle Somatic Yoga (GSY) is an exploration of movement that is revolutionary in its ability to improve health, wellbeing, quality of life, and personal performance. GSY incorporates slow, mindful movements that raise bodily awareness to heal persistent tension-based patterns in the body. The corrective exercises are called Somatic Movement Flows® , ideal for overcoming bodily pain and dramatically increasing flexibility through the healing power of brain- to-muscle awareness and re-education. The techniques known as Somatic Movement Flows, are designed for a personal exploration of the mind/body connection. This is achieved through isolating specific muscles, mindfully contracting those muscles, and then slowly releasing them until the tone of muscles return back to neutral.
Bespoke sessions ideal post injury or surgery and to perfect technique. One to one tuition is designed around you, allowing you to focus on your goals and needs. Pilates sessions are either mat based and/or using studio equipment, including Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, Combo Chair and Spine Corrector. Yoga sessions are mat based. A personal plan can be supplied to focus on at home. Sessions take place in Studio 2 at Pilates & Beyond.