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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a mind and body conditioning exercise programme that benefits the deep postural muscles of the spine to improve overall core stability and posture.

Developed by the late Joseph Pilates, the Pilates method initially designed for rehabilitation purposes during the early twentieth century. Pilates was later adopted by dancers as its philosophy blended well with their focus on core strength, co-ordination, flexibility and posture.

Pilates is based on a set of principles which exercise the whole body through a range of mat and equipment based exercises. Pilates combines the co-ordination of deep postural and stability muscles, breathing, and arm and leg movements with postural correction, suppleness and flexibility. With regular practice, Pilates positively changes the body. Many GPs, Physiotherapists and health professionals recommend Pilates as one of the safest form of exercises available today.

More recently Pilates has been adapted by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) to provide a specific program for athletes of all levels, as well as for the general population  to improve long term outcomes following an injury by increasing the speed of rehabilitation.  The APPI Pilates Method is suitable for all ages and levels of ability and is the school of thought we follow at Heal Physiotherapy.

 

What benefits can be gained from Modified Pilates?

Improvement of posture

Encourages overall fitness and body awareness

Rehabilitation of spinal problems

Injury prevention

Core stability and flexibility

How is Pilates taught and is it suitable for me?

All our Pilates classes are tailored to our clients’ individual needs ranging from beginners to advance levels. We run 2-5 Pilates classes every day and all our classes are taught by qualified Physiotherapists. Classes are capped at a maximum of 12 participants per class and run in blocks of 6-8 weeks. An induction class is scheduled prior to the beginning of every block and all new clients are required to attend this.

Cost

1 hour classes - £54 for six week block.

1:1 sessions are available at £35 per class.

Types of classes

Mixed level- These classes would be ideal for clients who are either new to Pilates or for clients who wish to maintain or improve their level of strength and flexibility. Your physiotherapist will demonstrate the various levels of exercises allowing you to work at a level you are most comfortable in.

Level expected to perform- Level 1-3

Advanced classes- These classes are ideal for clients who have substantial Pilates experience and are able to demonstrate adequately the key elements of Pilates. This class would be suited to clients who are looking for a bit of a challenge. Clients who wish to attend advanced classes should speak to their physiotherapist.

Level expected to perform- Level 3 and above

 

Gordon Craigie | Company Director

Pilates appears to be the art of relaxing and doing very little for an hour, then later feeling muscles you didn't know you had reminding you that, actually, you worked very hard for an hour!  Sally is an excellent teacher, always correcting form without appearing over-fussy and adapting to the various ability levels in the class with ease and humour.  Her physiotherapy background is particularly reassuring when I'm being forced out of my comfort zone - all the time! - and the results are well worth the effort.

 
Class Timetable

Monday

9:30

Mixed Level

Kerri

10:45

Mixed level

Kerri

 

17:30

Advanced

Kim

18:45

Mixed level

Lynsey

Tuesday

9:30

Mixed Level

Sally

10:45

Mixed Level

Asani

 

17:30

Mixed Level

Erica

 

Wednesday

9:30

Mixed Level

Jane

10:45

Mixed Level

Jane

 

18:00

Mixed Level

Erica

19:15

Advanced

Erica

Thursday

9:30

Mixed Level

Asani

10:45

Mixed Level

Asani

13:00

(45 minutes)

Mixed Level

Erica

18:00

Mixed Level

Kerri

19:15

Mixed Level

Kerri

Friday

9:30

Mixed Level

Erica

10:45

Mixed Level

Asani

 

 

 

 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Heal Physiotherapy supplies all the equipment for the Pilates classes including floor mats and any equipment needed for the class.

You will be required to wear comfortable clothing with socks.

Heal Physiotherapy also sell all the equipment utilised in our classes including Pilates socks, cushions, weights and balls, should our clients wish to have their own.   

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