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Healthy Habits Workshops

We're bringing you workshops throughout the year to help you with healthy habits for the body, mind and soul.

January 2018

Pilates Playground with Michelle: It starts from the feet. Sat 6th Jan 9.15-10.10am
A look at the footwork on the reformer and foot corrector, to get a feet to seat connection. Essentials for everyone, but also fantastic for those with neurological conditions, or with limited foot mobility or strength. BOOK

Pelvic Floor workshop with Ellen: Sun 21st Jan 12-12.55pm
Education and interactive workshop learning about your pelvis, the muscles that attach to it, their funtion, try exercises and techniques at home to strengthen and gain control over weak abdominals, glutes, back issues and those with pelvic floor weakness. BOOK

Introduction to Powerballs, a healthy snack. Run by Jo Hodson from Wholeplus and Including Cake. Sun 28th Jan 1.30-3pm. 
The world's most popular healthy snack. Great for families, kids, people on the go and they freeze well too. Packed with nutrition and taste great. Come and get messy as you learn all about how to make them, play around with flavours and make a big bag of your own! BOOK

New stuff at the studio for 2018

Open Studio sessions. New for 2018, available as Matwork only or Apparatus sessions, these are cheap sessions in order for you to self practice at the studio with our equipment. This is not a led session but a teacher is around for safety.

Pilates Playground. To help you learn tips, tricks, some more repertoire and key concepts and exercises. Once a month, we will run a workshop where you can learn, play, explore and then add what you've learnt into your home and open studio sessions. An absolute essential workshop to attend! BOOK

Want to start Pilates with us? Great, here's how!

Pilates is a journey. Your own journey.  Joe never had “levels” in his sessions as every one works at their own level. You had your 1st five sessions as a new beginner to the studio, then you had a lifetime of individual work, journey and progress.
At our studio, we have 2 ways you can start your journey into the authentic classical way of doing Pilates as Joe intended.

There are 2 Intro Packages for new clients  You can buy each package once.

  • Semi Private Group (up to 4 people) 3 weeks Unlimited Studio sessions £60 (3 weeks from your 1st session) For healthy bodies, or those with general aches and weaknesses.
  • Individual Private Training:  3 x 1:1’s £120 (to use in 2 weeks from your 1st session) The recommended route for “all eyes on you”, or for anyone suffering with back disc issues, joint pain, neurological issues, or specific issues surrounding pelvic floor, c-section or abdominal separation.

Call the studio to discuss, and get you booked. or click the BOOK button to get started.

Pre and Post Natal Pilates

If you're a new mum, or a mum to be, there's never been a more important time to do Pilates for your recovery.

Our instructors are not only great Pre and Post natal Pilates teachers, but we are also specialists from Carolyn Anthony's Centre of Womens Health for helping with things such as healing for Caesarean section, Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation) and Pelvic Floor Dyfunction and weakness. Pilates during pregnancy helps protect your back, help support the growing weight of baby and improves circulation, whilst preparing the muscles needed for delivery. Post Natal Pilates gets you re-connected with your internal muscles that have been strained and stretched and repairs you from the inside out, whilst getting your body back into shape.

Pregnancy Pilates- every Saturday 11am-12.00
Post Natal Pilates: Mondays 10.30-11.30am. New term starts 8th Jan. BOOK NOW

£60 for the 5 week term, or simply use your regular class credits to book in for the weeks you wish to attend during that term.

We recommend that you stay working at Post natal level for at least your 4th trimester (first 12 weeks after baby is born) or at least 8 weeks of classes. Suitable from 6 weeks after normal delivery, 10-12 week post C section. Ask your midwife for advice.

Joseph Pilates...

  • Joseph Pilates created his Pilates method with men in mind! He was a boxer and this passion for strength and conditioning continued into his ethos behind Pilates to make you strong. It was reported that well known boxers used to train with Joe in Pilates to harden their abdomen for the strong boxing blows they would receive!

  • Pilates used to be known as 'Contrology' and was later named Pilates after Joseph Pilates died.

  • In Joe's studio, he taught the Pilates method on special apparatus. Using these machines made all the difference, helping the muscles and mind learn and respond quicker. This meant faster results! Matwork exercises would be given as homework to practice inbetween the 3-4 weekly studio sessions.

  • Pilates has been well documented to provide excellent core strength and lower back stabilisation which helps prevent and improve back and joint pain.

That's why we're dedicated to all aspects of Pilates and it's traditions. It's not just a class for breathing and stretching but a unique dynamic way to give you full body conditioning and strength, joint mobility and freedom, muscular flexiblility and suppleness, balance, co-ordination, grace and control.

Plus it's load of fun!

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"Joseph Pilates never intended his method to stand alone into separate parts with matwork or Reformer. We don't either, which is why our Semi private Studio classes are the unique traditional way to ideally do your workouts. As Joe intended, our approach is integrative, combining mat, Reformer, Pedi Pole, barrels and more for the best all round programme, providing the full benefits that Pilates can offer.

What happens in a Pilates 1:1?

Find out here with our time lapse video....( we promise not to make you do it this fast!)

Learn Faster, work smarter with 1:1 Pilates. The Pilates Method is much more than just Matwork. In your 1:1 or private 1:2 duet sessions, you will be learning your Classical Matwork and Reformer repertoire, then fine tuning on small props for what you individual needs are on the day. Work with the barrels, spine correctors, pedi pole, hand weights, arm springs, fit balls, bands, rollers, magic circles, foot corrector, toe correctors and more to help you rebalance your body.


Show Joe!

Pilates will make you feel GREAT!

The Pilates method (or Contrology as it was originally named) is a system of exercises in a unique order that when performed all together, with links between for smooth transitions will help you:

Benefits of Pilates.....

  • Move your body in all the ways it can to keep to keep your body supple.
  • Learn to unweight your spine and joints against gravity for a long flexible spine
  • Develop a strong centre/core to support your movements.
  • Create flexible, strong, streamline and uniformed muscles from head to toe
  • Improve lower back and joint pain.
  • Gain better co-ordination, balance and improved circulation.
  • Improve breathing patterns and lung capacity.
  • Low impact, high on results
  • Perform your daily activities and movements with more ease.

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