Pilates classes

Face to face classes to resume soon!

The classes are designed to work for any level. There is some traditional elements, but mostly it’s all about moving well and learning your body. I will layer up the exercises, starting at level 1, then I will give more ad-vanced variations or modifications where desired. There is always some part of the posture or exercise that will work for you, then we build from there.

I believe it’s important to understand why you’re doing a pose or exercise and get the quality of movement right. I will openly discuss any questions that you have. If you’re not getting it, you can be sure someone else isn’t either.

If you’d like a 1-2-1 before joining a group, I’m more than happy to provide this.

Pregnancy and

Post-natal Pilates

Pregnancy Pilates is designed to focus on overall stability and core strength to help you cope with the physical changes happening as your baby grows, and the aches and pains you might experience during pregnancy. It will also help with recovery post birth.

It is suitable for any stage of pregnancy and you can join even if you’ve never done Pilates before. The class will only offer pregnancy safe exercises with modifications and adaptations for the trimester that you’re in, and/or your ability level.  

I recommended that you bring an exercise ball. They come in different sizes according to your height. You will likely want one of these during the last few weeks of pregnancy for use at home. If you don’t already have one please see the link below for an idea of what to buy. Check the size chart for your correct size.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/CORE-BALANCE-Exercise-Fitness-Pregnancy/dp/B07R61Z2PG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?dchild=1&keywords=fitball&qid=1579116502&sr=8-5&th=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=q006-21&linkId=05f0c02a7edeaed126b6a2a52ddc99a8&language=en_GB

Post-natal Pilates is designed to help your body recover from pregnancy and birth. The classes are suitable from 6 weeks after giving birth, so long as you’ve had the ok from your postnatal check-up. The exercises are gentle and safe, specific to postpartum mothers (even if little one is older). If you have any concerns please call me and we can go over any questions you have.

  • Class schedule TBC. Hoping to resume face to face after 17th May 2021.
Why do Pilates with Joanne?
I’ve worked as a Soft Tissue Therapist (Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist) for over 10 years. During that time, I’ve learnt that the most successful pain relief comes from a combination of treatment, movement practice, and changing how you move day to day.
Pain is a symptom of something that is not right with your body, whether that is due to posture, repetitive strain or trauma. We must learn from it. Just the treatment, is not a solution to fix the issue, although it can give some effective relief. Finding the cause and ensuring our fundamental movement patterns are of good quality, is the best way to move away from discomfort for the rest of your life.
What I have found contributes most to success is having an understanding of why you are in pain, committing to making the changes to fix your individual issues, and creating good habits. It doesn’t have to be a set hour everyday of rehab, just making small sustainable changes can go a long way to helping you.
For many years I’ve regularly taken part in Yoga and Pilates. Often, I’ve not wanted to start a session because I’ve felt tired; I’ve got too much other stuff on or I’ve felt a niggle in my body. These excuses should be the reason we get up and move, not the barrier. Movement in any form gives me more energy; allows me to be more productive afterwards and can alleviate that niggle. That is why I qualified as a Yoga and Pilates teacher.
As a result, I’ve come to believe that movement is essential to improve and maintain a healthy mind and body.