Pilates

Whether you are new to Pilates, have been recommended by a health professional or have been enjoying the benefits for years, there is an option to suit you.
Get Moving Keep Moving provide classes for all levels of experience.
Pilates
Matwork Pilates

Matwork Pilates

Mixed ability and ‘Take it Pilate-easy’ classes to suit all levels.

Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates

Fun and versatile, the reformer offers a wide range of options beyond the mat.

Post Natal Pilates

Post Natal Pilates

A safe and gentle way to restore inner core and pelvic floor strength following childbirth.

Equipilates

Equipilates

A must for any horse rider who recognises the relationship between their own body’s strength, flexibility and mobility with that of their horse.

Physio led Pilates

Physio led Pilates

Providing confidence to exercise and move in a safe manner under supervision of a chartered physiotherapist

About Pilates

Pilates is a non-impact method of exercise aimed at lengthening and strengthening the body to restore balance through a combination of strength and mobility exercises.

Some of the many reported benefits of practising Pilates regularly include:
– Improved posture
– Longer, leaner muscles
– Improved sense of well-being and reduced stress
– Increased flexibility
– Injury rehabilitation
– Stronger deep abdominal and low back muscles (‘core’ muscles)

Pilates is suitable for everyone regardless of age and fitness level.  It is a safe method of exercise for a number of health and medical conditions, for people suffering from neck, back and general joint aches and pains.  It helps to improve core strength and stability, improve mobility and flexibility and is great for posture.  Also popular amongst celebrities and professional sportsmen and woman Pilates has a place in everyone’s life.

FREE Trial Class

We love Pilates and know how beneficial it is so to help you get started we offer a FREE trial class. Just email, message or call to book your space in any of our mat classes and see for yourself what it’s all about.

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Pilates Matwork Classes

Group mat classes are an hour in duration and run continuously throughout the year.  The program progresses and changes roughly every 6-8 weeks.  This allows you to become familiar with the exercises and achieve adaptation and progression, leading to increased benefits. There are currently 5 mixed ability classes and 1 rehabilitation class on the timetable.

Mixed Ability

Our mixed ability classes cater for various levels of ability, allowing more flexibility for you to attend the day and time that suits you.  All of our instructors are very experienced in catering for various levels of ability within a class environment and will encourage you to work at your own level.
If you are a complete beginner or have any medical conditions or injuries that affect your physical mobility please contact us to discuss your suitability for a mixed ability class.  You may benefit from joining the rehabilitation class or having a 1:1 session prior to attending a class on a regular basis.

Take it Pilate’easy

This class is perfect if you are recovering from injury, have a medical or health condition that affects you physically, or are a complete beginner wishing to take it a little easier.   If you have joint pain or limited mobility from osteoarthritis, are concerned by osteoporosis, have a medical condition such as Parkinsons, or are recovering from a hip or knee replacement, this class is for you.  This class is designed to take into consideration individual health and rehabilitation needs and is also suitable for complete beginners or anyone wishing to take it a little easier. Please contact us to discuss your suitability for this class as you may require an individual appointment prior to attending.

One to One Sessions

Many clients opt for an individual, one to one Pilates session.  This may be due to a health or medical condition or limitation meaning a class environment isn’t suitable or because the classes don’t fit with their availability, or simply because they enjoy the focused attention a one to one session provides them.

Some of the many benefits of a one to one session include:-

  • Tailor made to meet your individual needs and address your goals
  • You will be provided with a bespoke exercise program to work on at home
  • Every exercise is under guidance from a qualified and experienced instructor to make sure you are doing the exercises correctly and getting the most out of your session.

One to one sessions are useful if you:-

  • Are a complete beginner
  • Have a health or medical condition which requires specialist input
  • Have difficulty with mobility and need help to get on and off the floor, or require a treatment couch
  • Are working with a physiotherapist or other health professional returning from injury
  • Aren’t able to commit to a regular class on the timetable
  • You prefer not to exercise in a class environment

Reformer Pilates

The Reformer is a large piece of equipment invented by Joseph Pilates and famous in the Pilates community.  It consists of a bedlike frame with a moving platform (carriage), attached to one end by springs of varying resistance and a footbar and straps for users to push and pull against.  Working on the reformer promotes strength, flexibility, length and balance.  It is extremely versatile, offers a wide range of exercise opportunities beyond what’s possible on the mat, and is great fun to use.   The reformer is suitable for beginners and seasoned Pilates fans.

One to one and small group training are provided on the reformers – please contact us for more details.

 

Post Natal Pilates

Many congratulations on your new arrival. Whether or not you exercised before many new mums are unsure about what they should or shouldn’t be doing when it comes to exercise or perhaps return to vigorous exercise too soon.    No matter if you’ve had a natural birth or a C-section you will no doubt be aware of the physical toll giving birth to your bundle of joy has taken on your own body.  Following the recommended guidelines of 6 weeks following a natural birth and 8-10 for a C-section it’s important to start regaining the strength and stability of your inner core and pelvic floor muscles.  Reconnecting with and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles is essential and will help deal with issues such as incontinence or issues arising from prolapse. Strengthening the inner core muscles helps reduce diastasus rectus (the gap 60% of woman get in the tummy muscles), improve stability of the pelvis and lower, reduce back pain and help improve posture.  Delivered by our pelvic health specialist Physiotherapist you will learn how to take back control of your body in a safe environment.

 

Equipilates™

Pilates for horse riders.

Equipilates™ blends biomechanics with the Pilates principles, to give riders better balance, position, posture & functionality both in and out of the saddle.

Riding relies on a partnership between the rider and their horse.  A rider’s position has a huge impact on how a horse will move underneath them.  Their spinal alignment and intrinsic biomechanics influence all aspects of their riding, from their posture and weight distribution, to where their legs are positioned on the horse.  In turn the rider’s posture and biomechanics need to be good in order to effectively absorb the movements of the horse underneath them.  It is a team effort that requires correct posture and good biomechanics.

Equipilates™ classes are especially designed to enable riders to understand their bodies and implement changes to improving their Position, Posture, Balance, Co-Ordination, Flexibility, Functionality & Core Strength, ultimately improving the physical and mental communication between rider and horse and a more enjoyable riding experience for both.

Please see the timetable for details of when the class takes place and contact us for more details.

The Man Behind the Name

Joseph

Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born a very sickly child in Dusseldorf in 1883, suffering from ailments such as rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. His drive to achieve a healthy body is said to have been influenced by his prize winning gymnast father and mother, a naturopath. In order to overcome his poor health he developed his own exercise regime by experimenting with a number of exercise disciplines such as gymnastics, yoga, dance, self defence, circus training and ski-ing.

Pilates was living in England in 1912 working as a circus performer and teaching self-defence. He was interned on the Isle of Man during the First World War where he developed his exercise and fitness regime. In 1918 he was credited with maintaining the health of his fellow internees during the great influenza epidemic. Towards the end of the War he worked as a hospital orderly where he helped bedridden patients move and exercise by attaching springs and pulleys to the hospital beds.  This influenced his famous equipment such as the Reformer.

Pilates returned to Germany at the end of the War to teach self-defence to the Hamburg Police and German Army. In the early 1920’s he emigrated to the USA, meeting his future wife Clara on the boat. Together they opened a body conditioning studio in New York in 1926, which became very popular with dancers and later celebrities and athletes.

Joseph Pilates died in 1967 and Clara and fellow disciples of Pilates continued his teachings. It wasn’t until the mid 1990’s that the Pilates method of exercise became popular and started to grow as we know it today. Today the Pilates exercises have been adapted in line with developments in anatomy, physiology and kinaesiology, however they are still based on his original exercises.

FAQ’s

Is Pilates suitable for me?

Pilates is suitable for everyone regardless of age and fitness level.  It is a safe method of exercise for a number of health and medical conditions, for people suffering from neck, back and general joint aches and pains.  It helps to improve core strength and stability, improve mobility and flexibility and is great for posture.  Also popular amongst celebrities and professional sportsmen and woman Pilates has a place in everyone’s life.

Please contact us if you are unsure of your suitability to join a group class.  A one to one session may be more appropriate.

Some conditions which may benefit from Pilates:-

  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Whiplash
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Muscle weakness
  • Posture related pain
  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries

Some of the medical conditions we see in the clinic and studio include:-

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Recovery from sports injury
  • Spinal stenosis, spondylosis, spondylolithesis, retrolythesis
  • Sciatica
  • Hip replacements
  • Knee replacements
  • Polymyalgia
  • Fibromyalgia

Do I need to bring any equipment?

No. All equipment is provided for you in the studio, including mats, blocks, spikey balls, overballs, Pilates circles, exercise bands, head blocks, head cushions, foam rollers, hand weights etc., If you wish to bring your own mat you are more than welcome, however we have more than enough equipment to cater for everyone. You may wish to bring a small hand towel if you require additional head or neck support.

What should I wear?

For ease of movement we suggest you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. You may wish to wear thin layers in order to take off or put on a layer as you get warmer during the class and cooler towards the end. We don’t wear shoes in Pilates. Please make sure you wear socks for obvious hygiene reasons. Grip socks are available to purchase should you require them.

Do I need to bring water?

We suggest you bring a bottle of water as you may wish to take small sips throughout the class. Although it’s not a cardiovascular (getting out of breath) kind of class, it is recommended you stay hydrated before, during and after the session.

How to book?

If you require any information about any of the classes, 1:1, or small group options please get in touch. If you would like to attend a class please contact us to book in for your FREE Trial Class. You can then either purchase an 8 class pass (which has a 10 week expiry), choose a monthly membership, or pay for an annual pass. We use MindBody as our online booking system. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to the internet, you can book directly with us. More information will be provided after your FREE trial class.

Contact us today

If you know which class or therapy you’re interested in please contact the instructor or therapist directly, otherwise for general enquiries contact us on 07507460779
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