A typical matwork session will include a variety of standing, seated and lying exercises, each designed to exercise the body in a particular way. Each class includes exercises to strengthen and mobilise the main joints of the body, paying special attention to the spine and pelvis. A balanced combination of exercises builds strength and flexibility particularly in the abdominals, back, hips and shoulder girdle. Each exercise is taught with a focus on:
ensuring the body is aligned correctly,
co-ordinating breathing with movement,
using the 'centre' or 'core' effectively to provide strength and support.
Pilates emphasises quality over quantity so the number of repetitions of each exercise will be low. However when carried out with precision this approach is safe, long-lasting and extremely effective. Small equipment such as resistance bands, balls, foam rollers and toning circles may be used to provide additional challenge or support. Mixed ability classes are suitable for all ages.
Gentle Seated Exercise for the Over 75s
Following the success of my Pilates matwork classes at Bramble Hall, I am pleased to announce a weekly Pilates-based exercise class where you “don’t need to lie down on a mat”. Especially suitable for for the over 75s, each session will include seated exercises using weights, bands, balls and “Toning Circles” for a gentle but challenging workout.
In my small and welcoming classes we will work our core postural muscles, strengthening our backs and shoulders to "beat the slouch". We focus on breathing well while we exercise our arms, legs and hips, strengthening our muscles and reducing stiffness in our jointsand all without lying down on the floor!! We also focus on maintaining flexibility and strength in our feet, ankles, hands and wrists, which are so important for day-to-day living. Classes are small (maximum 8) so that everyone can receive plenty of attention and assistance if needed.
Before joining a class you will be asked to complete an enrolment form, where you can give details of any injuries or medical conditions as well as describing any exercise goals you may have. If you are new to Pilates, it is important to attend at least one 1:1 session before joining an existing class (unless a Beginners class is available.). This enables us to discuss the information on your enrolment form and allows you to begin to 'learn the basics' of Pilates. These valuable Introductory Sessions also provide opportunity for individual assessment and advice before joining a group class.
It may also be necessary to attend a 1:1 session if you have certain injuries or medical conditions, in order to determine which group class would be most suitable or if private sessions would be most appropriate for you at this time.
Due to the CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC all classes at Bramble Hall have been temporarily replaced with ONLINE CLASSES.
"I enjoy the way you plan each class, that you demonstrate the exercise, and that you make sure we are in the right position. I have been doing Pilates for 7 years and I am still learning, from you, how to position myself correctly. I appreciate the fact that you are aware of each individual's difficulties and will offer alternate exercises."