WHAT WE DO
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a highly efficient method of body conditioning that focuses on posture, breath control, flexibility and toning and strengthening muscles. It’s slow, controlled movements means that it is suitable for all ages.
It is a form of body re-education which concentrates on what is known as core stabilisation. Core stabilisation focuses on the torso and builds inner muscular strength. This then gives stability to move the limbs efficiently and safely.
- Wednesdays: 11am, 12pm
How Do I Book?
How Much Will It Cost?
The cost of each class is £11 which is payable by cash or card. Due to popular demand, we kindly request that payment is made at time of booking to guarantee your place.
The Origin Of Pilates
Pilates is named after its founder, Joseph Pilates. Born in 1880, he suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, and it was through these diseases that he developed a method of overcoming them. He became particularly interested in the human frame and studied musculature alongside Eastern forms of exercise, such as yoga. As a prisoner of war in England he devised exercises to keep himself and his fellow inmates fit. On his released he developed Pilates.
The key elements of Pilates are:
- Lengthening short muscles and strengthening weak ones
- Improving the quality of movement
- Focusing on core postural muscles to stabilise the body
- Working to place the breath correctly
- Controlling even the smallest movements
- Understanding and improving good body mechanics
- Mental relaxation
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What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese internal martial art, comprising of slow, graceful movements allowing the body to move in a relaxed and natural way. Tai Chi aims to improve posture, balance, and flexibility, and release tension from the body and the mind.
Tai Chi is suitable for all ages. The exercises can be adapted to suit most abilities and levels of fitness.
What are the health benefits of tai chi?
The health benefits of Tai Chi are a growing area of research, and the benefits and reasons for undertaking Tai Chi classes vary from person to person. However, recent studies have shown that Tai Chi can help to reduce stress, improve posture and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs in people aged 65 and over. There is also research into how Tai Chi may help with improving mobility in the ankle, hip and knee in those with rheumatoid arthritis. Tai Chi can also help to improve both lower and upper body strength, boost flexibility, and improve balance.
“I have found that after an hour’s Tai Chi, I feel a lot more relaxed physically and mentally. As I walk home I am much more aware of my posture and my arms, legs and back are all working together as one unit rather than fighting against each other” – David
WHAT WE DO
Fitball Exercise for Over 50’s and Core & Balance Classes
Using fitballs to exercise is an excellent way to help build strength by engaging muscle groups, improve your flexibility, and increase core stability, all of which are important for maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system and improving overall fitness.
The class is suitable for all abilities and fitness levels and is limited to a maximum number of 6-8 participants, meaning that the exercises can be tailored to your own requirements.
The class is particularly suitable for those who have arthritic spines, knees and hips as the exercises can help to build muscles around these joints without putting too much stress on the body, or those who are struggling to exercise effectively due to other musculoskeletal conditions.