What is Pilates?
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a intelligent form of exercise that integrates body and mind. Pilates uses unique exercises and sequences to bring alignment, posture and balance to the entire body. Pilates helps you to balance strength with flexibility to minimise undue stress across joints. Great emphasis is placed on correct breathing techniques to provide stability to movement and oxygenation to the entire body.
What can Pilates help me with?
Consistent Pilates practice may help with:
Reduced muscular and joint pain
Stability and strength
Muscular balance to release areas of unequal tension
Pregnancy - including preparing your body for pregnancy; stabilisation during pregnancy; post-natal recovery; and postural alignment and strength whilst carrying and breastfeeding your baby
Body awareness - performed consistently, Pilates exercises generate a strong sense of body awareness that carries through into your daily activities to help reduce poor posture, one of key contributors to back and neck pain.
Sports performance - all of the above factors combine to create extremely efficient movement, help to prevent injuries occurring and enhance recovery between sessions.
Frequently asked questions
I have zero coordination, will I cope in a Pilates class?
Yes! In fact all the more reason to do Pilates :) The class environment I aim for is supportive and fun while still having a proper workout. We always have a laugh (usually at my expense!) and we always learn something. Win win!
I'm pregnant, is Pilates suitable for me?
This depends on your individual situation so please contact me on 0435 050575 for a chat first. Generally speaking, if you have been doing Pilates or a similar level of exercise before pregnancy you may be okay to continue. If you have never done Pilates before, wait until your second semester and start with private classes.
I have back pain, will I be okay in a Pilates class?
This depends on your individual situation so please phone me on 0435 050575 for a chat.
How often do I need to practice Pilates to feel results?
2-3 times per week e.g. 1 x full class and 2 x 15 minutes of foundation exercises.
Private Classes (1-3 people)
Do I need a private class? Private classes are great for a more personalised workout. In the mini-studio in McLaren Vale you can have a class all to yourself or workout with a friend or two for extra support. Private classes can complement a group class to be your second workout for the week. They are great if you do shift work so cannot always make a class at the same time every week. Class prices start from $25 per person. Read more...
Group mat classes in a friendly, supportive environment are a fun way to work out and a great way to commit to your health. They are still small groups with a maximum of 12 people so I can keep an eye on everyone. These classes are run in the community hall in McLaren Flat and prices start from $15. Read more...