Pilates uses slow and controlled movements to develop strong abdominals, back, butt and deep postural muscles, increase body awareness, and gain flexibility.
Pilates can result in a number of physical and mental health benefits and in addition to improving strength, balance, flexibility and posture it can increase energy levels and enhance mood. Pilates improves core strength in an integrated and holistic way, meaning that no one muscle group is over developed relative to other muscle groups.
Mixed Ability Pilates
You don’t have to have done Pilates before to enroll on one of these classes. The tutor will modify or adjust exercises to suit individual needs.
In this beginners Pilates course, we cover the basic Pilates exercises incorporating light weights or bottles of water to gain upper body strength and to tone the arms
If you have good flexibility and core strength and feel that you could handle more advanced exercises, then the intermediate class may be more suitable for you.
Amelia has been teaching pilates for sixteen years. She is a qualified Pilates Instructor with Bodyfirm in both Level 1 (beginner) and Level 2 (advanced) mat work.
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch and perform the exercises.
You will need an exercise mat. Cheap exercise (yoga) mats can sometimes be purchased in the supermarket. Camping mats also suffice.