Pilates

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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:

  • Improved posture

  • Reduced muscular and joint pain

  • Stability and strength

  • Muscular balance to release areas of unequal tension

  • Muscular tone

  • Flexibility

  • Stress management 

  • 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.

Private Class (1-2 people)

Tuesdays

9am - 1pm

Thursdays

1pm - 6:30pm

Saturdays

9am - 3pm

Private classes are great for a more personalised workout.  This can be helpful if you are completely new to Pilates, are recovering from an injury, during or after pregnancy or cannot make the weekly class.  You can have a weekly private class or if you are disciplined enough, have a private class every 4-6 weeks and practice home exercises in between sessions.

The private classes are mat-based classes with use of small equipment only so exercises are easily replicable at home. 

Prices are $50 per hour for one person and $60 per hour for two people.

Location:  McLaren Vale Clinic (address given on booking)

Group Mat Class

Tuesdays

6pm

This class is beginner - intermediate level.   It is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with some Pilates experience.  We start with the foundation Pilates exercises and gradually build on them towards intermediate exercises.  Different options are given for each exercise so you can work at the right level for your body.​ Classes are kept to a maximum of 10 people so I can keep a good eye on everyone!  This also provides a supportive and fun workout environment.  The class is based on the classical Pilates style, remaining as close as possible to the original work of Joseph PIlates.

Prices start from $15/class for a 10 class pass, $17.50/class for a 5 class pass or $20 for a single class.

Location:  McLaren Flat Hall, Trophy room

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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! If you are really worried about how you will cope you can always book in for a couple of private sessions first so you get an idea of what it will be like before you go into a class situation.




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. If you have chronic (long term) back pain and are currently seeing a healthcare practitioner to help, please ask them for their advice on whether Pilates is suitable and if so, would they recommend a class, private sessions or rehabilitation Pilates with a Physiotherapist. If you have recently injured your back and are in acute pain Pilates mat classes are not suitable for you.




How often do I need to practice Pilates to feel results?


Short answer - 2-3 times per week e.g. 1 x full class and 2 x 15 minutes of foundation exercises. Now I don't mean you need to do an hour's class 2-3 times per week but you do need to practice at least a 15 minute routine 2-3 times per week so your body starts to integrate the new patterns of movement we're trying to set up. Once you know the fundamental exercises, I have a short video I can send you so you can practice these at home to keep you going inbetween classes...so there really are no excuses (well no decent ones anyway!).