What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of repetitive exercises performed on a mat or other equipment to promote strength and stability.
Joseph Pilates, created Pilates in the early 1900’s. His focus was simple, combine several well structured exercises in repetition with solid determination, and optimum strength within the body could be achieved. He applied this approach successfully to help World War I victims heal faster, as well as his own ailing body. Increasingly, over the past two decades, pilates has been regularly incorporated for general wellbeing and rehabilitative purposes, with its well known benefits documented worldwide.
Pilates for Neck and Back Pain
Regular pilates can help with posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility. It can also relieve stress and tension associated with neck and back pain. A single pilates workout can sometimes improve symptoms in the same way that a massage or an osteopath session can bring relief to tight muscles.
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Four Chair Pilates Exercises
Doing modified pilates movements while seated in a chair is a great way for those seated at a desk for several hours daily, or for older adults to get the health benefits of these exercises without needing to lie down.
Staying seated can benefit those that need a quick routine to improve flexibility at work or even those who are frail or not very flexible, to safely do the exercises and work towards increasing their strength and flexibility.
The four exercises are – The Roll Up, The Seated Spine Twist, The Seated Glute Stretch and The Seated Hamstring Stretch. Enjoy!
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What to expect on your first visit…
Your Instructor will greet you and begin by asking what brought you to us. We are always keen to understand you and your goals so we can identify how we can help you.
You won’t need to bring much with you to your class, as we provide equipment for the session. The exception would be a mat if you would prefer to use your own rather than a shared one from class.
You may also want to bring a water bottle with you. Though we have a water dispenser if you forget it! Please wear comfortable clothing.
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“Mike is extremely knowledgeable and thorough and Andrew the Osteopath is extremely skilful, I am amazed at the vast improvement in my shoulder after just two appointments with him”.
Our in-clinic class will be ideal for those with little to no experience of pilates or those that are returning to it after some time. For those with difficulties getting up or down on the mat, don’t worry we have chairs! We have you all covered!
Group Classes are 60 mins and take place weekly on Tuesdays, 9-10 am and Fridays, 12-1pm. The fee for the hour is £10 (this fee is subject to a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 attendees)
Our 1-1 sessions will be all about you, your needs and your goals. You’ll work at the level and pace that’s right for you, while the personal attention and bespoke programming means that you’ll progress further and faster.
1-1 sessions with Natalia can be booked at convenience Tuesday through to Friday, 9-1pm. This 60 min session is £60.