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Getting Started with Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates is for everyone! It caters for beginners right the way through to experienced athletes. It doesn't matter what your age or fitness level is - you can benefit from Pilates. The main success of Pilates lies in it's ability to train you to engage the core muscles effectively to support functional movement - this can assist with a healthier back, flatter stomach, and more toned, mobile and flexible body.  In an age where we are frequently spending our time sitting for long periods and hunched in front of computers,  Pilates directly combats this by teaching you better postural habits, stretching your body out and strengthening your muscles to prevent pain and poor posture.  

What Pilates is best for me?

At Body Intelligence we offer three types of Pilates, Studio, Reformer and Mat. All are designed to provide you with a holistic full body workout.Classes can include a gentle strength program or be more dynamic and offer a challenging workout.

 Studio Pilates
Studio Pilates is a full body workout focusing on strength, mobility, endurance, alignment and balance as well as breath control. These sessions use Pilates equipment to provide resistance and support for the body and are run privately or in small groups of up to 4 people. Our qualified instructors design safe, appropriate and challenging programs and provide feedback on technique and alignment during sessions. This type of Pilates is ideal for clients new to Pilates, those with very specific goals, and those rehabilitating from an injury.  The most common complaint we see at the studio is low back pain. Studio Pilates addresses faulty muscle patterns in the body to get it working optimally again. In addition to low back pain, our instructors are skilled at working with pelvic floor issues and abdominal separation. If you are new to pilates or have had a break of over 12 months you will need to complete the studio new starter  prior to commencing studio sessions. If you have had a six month break, one private session is required for re-assessment and for a program to be written. 

Reformer Pilates
Reformer Pilates focuses on the Pilates basic concepts of core engagement, breathing and mind body connection. All participants perform the same exercises, with some modifications available to make the exercise easier or harder.

The reformer is a unique machine that has adjustable springs for multiple levels of resistance, a moveable carriage and straps which allows for a variety of exercises. Reformer is ideal for those wanting to achieve core stability, good postural alignment, proper muscle engagement and, most importantly, are looking for a challenge!

 It is suitable for otherwise healthy individuals with no spinal or neck issues. Our classes are small, which allows us to supervise technique, ensuring the body is in the correct position and the right muscles are firing. We pay particular attention to the engagement of pelvic floor and transverse abdominals. If you are completely new to reformer you may benefit from a private reformer session to go over the basics and ensure you get maximum benefit from your reformer group class experience. If you are unsure, please contact us.

 Mat Pilates
Mat Pilates is undertaken in a group and is a prescribed set of exercises designed to give you a full body workout. These classes are generally suitable for everyone, however if you have specific injuries you may be better off starting with studio pilates.  We are currently running a limited  mat class schedule, with a mix of online and in person.

What do I need to bring?

Please ensure you wear comfortable clothing that you are able to move freely in, tracksuit pants or yoga pants with a t-shirt is a good choice.  Please bring a large towel to cover the equipment. Shoes are not worn during class, but you do need to wear socks. Mats and equipment are provided. We encourage you to switch off your mobile, leave your concerns at the door, and use the time to focus on yourself and your body.

Studio New Starter

An ideal introduction to Pilates or a great way to revisit the basics. This includes 2 private (one on one) sessions, as well as two sessions in a small group using the equipment. Investing this time in quality instruction will assist you to learn the fundamentals, whilst developing a deeper understanding of how your body works, including the mind body connection. We pay particular attention to form and muscle activation, as well as provide insights into your posture and movement mechanics during the sessions. Once you have registered your details are sent through to us and we will be in contact to arrange your first private session. After completing the New Starter Pack most clients go on to attend studio classes regularly once or twice per week to continue to make improvements and work towards their goals.

Book a Studio New Starter