What is Pilates?
“If at 30 you are stiff and out of shape you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong you are young” Joseph Pilates
The Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1940s. It is a unique and versatile method of exercise aimed to improve body awareness, posture, strength and flexibility. The original Classical exercises devised by Joseph Pilates are still valued today and are graded or adapted to suit the client.
A general matwork class involves a maximum of 12 clients, to enable some individual attention and guidance to be provided within the class environment. Small equipment such as soft balls, bands, foam rollers are also sometimes used in class and often a short relaxation exercise is included.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
"Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit” Joseph Pilates
Pilates is beneficial to improve your general fitness and well being and can be enjoyed at any age. It can be adapted to suit someone new to exercise or to someone who is actively involved in other sports.
- Develop strength, flexibility and ease of movement.
- Improve posture and joint alignment.
- Tone core postural muscles to support the spine.
- Gain focus, relaxation and stress relief.
- Prevent injury or rehabilitate following injury.
- Body and mind awareness/proprioception.
- Balance and co ordination.
- Improve your breathing and breath control.
Beginners Pilates - How to get started with Bodywise Derby
Prior to joining a class you will need to do one of the following:
1. A beginners workshop - we run 3 or 4 workshops a year on a Saturday morning 10 am until 12.30
2. Have a one to one session with either Serena or Lesley
This really is to enable clients to get the best out of Pilates by learning the fundamental principles : what the core muscles are and how to start using them effectively during a class. This also enables us to assess you properly and consider any injuries, postural, post natal issues you may have.
This may seem long winded but really does make a massive difference to maximise the benefits of the method safely.
One to one Pilates with Bodywise Derby
Individual Pilates sessions allow a more detailed assessment of your rehabilitation and exercise needs, specifically for your lifestyle and activities of daily living. It may be that you have, or are recovering from illness/ injury and require a more bespoke programme with home exercises in between sessions.
Alternatively, you may feel that you would like to start your Pilates programme by gaining the benefits of one to one, to build on your strength and confidence prior to joining a matwork class.
Price - £40 for an hour, home exercises will be agreed for you to work on in between sessions.
Reflexology and Pilates are not substitutes for medical treatment , if following a discussion/ initial assessment it is felt that a referral to a practitioner such as your GP, Midwife or Physiotherapist is required, then this must be done prior to commencement of your Reflexology or Pilates sessions with Bodywise Derby.
Many thanks Lesley and Serena Bodywise Derby.
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