Pilates is excellent for everybody no matter how old, or what level of fitness you have. Pilates works on a separate set of muscles also known as our “core or stabilizing” muscles. These muscles are often overshadowed by our bigger postural muscles, such as your quadriceps, hamstrings, low back etc and don’t allow our smaller ones to function effectively.
What I have discovered in large Pilates classes of more than 10 is that most clients are not performing the correct ‘core activation’ purely because the instructor can not get around to correct each individual. I have seen first hand, clients trying to do exercises that are way too advanced for them, and when not performed correctly, they could be doing more harm than good.
Pilates targets smaller muscle groups that then act like a corset around your spine, protecting you against back pain and injury. Pilates is not only just for the low back, it is highly effective for people with neck, knee or hip pain too. Pilates is an excellent complimentary exercise for those who love to run, dance or do higher impact sports as it helps with balance and alignment and improves overall performance. Prolonged high impact sports and overtraining can Often lead to an imbalance between your muscles which results in muscle fatigue and ultimately injury.
I aim to educate my clients on how to switch on their ‘true core’ and keep it on. My classes are small and personalized and limited to 7 in a class. This ensures I know every one in the room along with what they can or cannot do so lessons are highly tailored to your individual bodies also enabling me to correct and give individual attention to every client.
The benefits of Pilates are
- Develops Strength, balance and stability throughout the entire body
- Increases Flexibility whilst gentle on joints.
- Develops lean, strong toned muscles
- Improves Posture and pain associated with poor posture.
- Excellent for rehab or gaining strength after an injury or illness
- Pilates stimulates the deep core muscles around your spine therefore improving every day activites eg lifting, sitting.
Some of the principles of Pilates are concentration, relaxation, focus, breathing so you will feel centred and balanced afterwards.
These classes are one-on-one for those wanting their own progamme and help with technique. The class is designed entirely for the individual, no matter what level.
BARRE / FITNESS
These classes are for the cardio component of your life! Whether you want to lose weight, get fit or increase strength, these classes have it all. Done to lively, fun music, these total body workout classes will get your heart rate pumping and body sweating. Classes are limited to 8 people and utmost attention is given to form and technique ensuring injuries don’t occur.
Classes involve a variety of equipment such as weights, therabands, spin bike, barre exercises, plyometric and resistance based exercises – we have it all. Classes vary in content each week so your body is constantly guessing, creating more fat burning for you. Don’t worry if you have never exercised or feel unfit and ‘couldn’t do it’ I have clients with hip and knee problems, neck and shoulder problems and all can exercise safely and get there cardio on! As classes are small, I can change or adapt an exercise to suit your needs.
Learn how to perform functional fitness exercises correctly and safely in a controlled small environment These classes will leave you energized and happy.
STRETCH & MEDITATION
These classes are a passion of mine. They are held once a month for 1.5 hours. It is neither pilates or a yoga class and no experience is necessary. Your body will stretch, unwind and relax creating a deep feeling of centreness and relaxation. Deep breathing enables our mind and body to slow down which in turn allows our nervous system to switch from high gear to low gear. Tight muscles will be lengthened, stress is alleviated, and cortisol levels (our stress hormones) are lowered.
Stretching and Meditation have so many benefits, there are far too many to list. If you are a person that rushes from one place to the next, is under any type of stress, suffers insomnia, anxiety or depression these classes are designed for you. Stress eventually catches up with everyone in the form of anxiety, depression, neck tension, pain or illness. It's so important to take the time out for ourselves in this busy world to deep breath, recentre ourselves and be kind to our bodies. Pain and stress are warning signs from your internal body that something isn’t right.
Each class will have a ‘stretching theme’ where we focus on hips, low backs, shoulders or necks. Stretches are performed and held for a length of time to allow the muscles to reset and lengthen which in turn allows the joint to relax. Stretches are held and deep diaphragmatic breathing allows the body to soften and the mind to be still. The classes then end with a guided meditation where you will float out feeling wonderful.
These classes are pure joy and calm, you wont regret it!
These are excellent for people who haven’t done pilates before or have chronic pain. A technique called Finch Therapy (www.finchtherapy.com.au) is used to determine where the pain is originating from. Often where the pain is felt is not the source of the pain for example pain radiating down the arm can be produced from neck or shoulder tension.
Finch therapy is a non invasive assessment of the spine and examines hip and leg length discrepancies. Often tight muscles work in large groups to create a higher or lower hip causing low back pain Simple exercises are given to rectify this problem and relief is almost instant. The assessments also take you though the principles and some of the exercises of pilates and how to correctly activate your core muscles and maintain neutral spine.
This is an excellent option for those who have some concerns about their bodies and it also helps me determine what exercises are suitable for you.