Level 1 is for those who have done some Pilates before. The pace is moderate and the focus is on strengthening the core, preventing back pain, correcting body alignment, re-balancing muscles and improving posture. As with all levels of Pilates the movements require focus and concentration, developing a mind body connection that is both deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.
Level 1-2 is faster paced and introduces some more challenging exercises adapted from Joesph Pilates' classical mat series. The focus is still on increasing core strength, maintaining a healthy back, alignment, breathing and creating long balanced muscles but there is more emphasis on flow with each exercise transitioning smoothly into the next. It is suitable for those who have done some Pilates before and want more of a challenge.
Beginners/Healthy Backs introduces the main principles of Pilates. It focuses on correct alignment, particularly of the spine and pelvis and gradually introduces exercises that target the deep core muscles. Small equipment such as balls, bands and poles are integrated to help develop awareness of alignment and muscle balance. Special attention to mobilising the spine in all directions aims to lengthen the spine, improve back pain or stiffness and maintain flexibility. It is perfect for people new to Pilates or for those wishing to maintain and improve good posture, strength and flexibility.
Pilates for Bone Health still focuses on core strength, good posture and alignment but also incorporates exercises that help maintain or build bone density. It is particularly suitable for people with Osteopenia and level 2 Osteoporosis as it aims to build up muscle strength around vulnerable areas such as the spine, hips, ankles and wrists. There is also more emphasis on lengthening and mobilising the spine to help ease or prevent compression of the vertebrae.
Level 2 is based on Joseph Pilates' Classical Mat sequence. It introduces some of the more demanding exercises and flows smoothly from one exercise to the next. It will develop more strength at a deep level as well as more control, precision and co-ordination. It it meant to be challenging but also rejuvenating - prepare to feel that you have worked your entire body! Not suitable for beginners.
1:1s are brilliant for beginners, for people with specific issues or injuries and for those with specific goals. They often result in faster progress with exercises tailored to individual needs. Many people find an hour of personal attention in which they are allowed to focus on their own body more useful than years of classes.
Monday 9:15 - 10:15am Level 1 Rosendale Allotments Building
Monday 10:30 - 11:30am Pilates for Bone Health Rosendale Allotments Building
Monday 8pm Level 1-2 Elmgeen Dance Studio
Wednesday 9:30 - 10:30am Level 1 Rosendale Allotments Building
Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Beginner’s/Healthy backs Brockwell Park
Sunday 10:00 -11:00am Level 1-2 Rosendale Allotments Building