Who can benefit from Pilates?

Everybody! Pilates can help you to continue enjoying the activities which you love in life as well as you can, for as long as you can. Pilates is an exercise system and you are taught for your body needs in private lessons. You are given the Pilates exercises that you need to bring your body into better balance and to suit your experience level. Below are some examples of how Pilates can help...

Beginners to Pilates...
Private lessons are the best place to learn Pilates. You will cover the basics of Pilates and how to use Pilates for your body. Undertaking private lessons at this initial stage of learning will get you into good habits and will help you to build confidence in your own movement abilities. It will give us an opportunity to assess how you move, build your strength, flexibility, mind-muscle connections and control. You will also be given some homework exercises to practice and support your learning and build your foundation. A private introductory lesson is your starting point if you wish to join our group classes in the future.
 
People Currently Practicing Pilates Mat Work...
Do you already practice Pilates mat work at home or do group classes? Having private lessons, will refine your technique and help you get the most from your group classes and home practice. In a private lesson you will build on both your strengths and address your weaknesses. Its truly a revelation when you find those missing connections as a result of using the apparatus and achieve a better form in that mat work exercise that you have been struggling with for so long! 

Office Workers...
Combat 'desk posture' with Pilates! The body, when forced to sit down for long periods of time, can get into less favorable habitual patterns. This can lead to imbalances and various pains and niggles which have built up over time, all of which can be addressed with the Pilates system. Pilates offers an education which will help you to become more aware of your posture and alignment and how to make it better.

Sports People...
Whether you are a recreational, amateur or professional athlete, Pilates can help condition you for your sport. Sport, like life, creates imbalances- muscles can get tight as a result or constant use or repetitive actions. Over time, these imbalances can lead to injury. Pilates is a movement system which focuses on true strength and flexibility. With regular Pilates added into your training regime, it helps to bring the body into a better state of physical balance, maximising your ability to train and compete in your sport as well as reduce injury risk.

Dancers, Actors, Performing Artists and people who work in Television/ Media...
Pilates exercises address the occupational stresses placed on the body. The apparatus is such a valuable tool in being able to work on your body and further increase your functional abilities. Pilates can help you to excel in your occupation through intelligent physical and mental conditioning, unwinding the physical stresses placed on the body and helping the body to remain supple and strong for health, performance and injury prevention. 

Post Natal Recovery...
Pregnancy is a physical demand placed on the female body. The are many physiological changes which take place during pregnancy which can change a lady's posture and condition of her core muscles. Pilates can help recondition the post natal body and bring it back into better physical balance. You may need to work alongside a Women's Health Physiotherapist to complete the initial stages of your rehabilitation if you have suffered any complications, have ongoing pain or pain that has not been diagnosed by a medical professional. Pilates will take you onto the next level of conditioning once your Women's Health Physiotherapist/ other relevant medical professional believes you are ready to progress.

People recovering from injury or with certain medical conditions...
If you have medical conditions or injuries, One to One private lessons are recommended as the starting point as they can be 100% tailored to suit your needs. Medical consent will need to be gained from your referring medical professional prior to your starting Pilates. Do get in touch via our contacts page and the referral form can be emailed to you. Pilates is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment, it is a movement system- an intelligent form of exercise to compliment your health and well being. We apply the Pilates system to your body and take a 'whole body approach' to our work, to help the body work towards maintaining an optimal state of balance and function.