What to Expect
Firstly, we will ask you to complete an enrolment form to ensure that you only perform exercises that you can do safely. If you have been referred to Pilates by a specialist practitioner, for example your doctor, a Physiotherapist, Osteopath or, Chiropractor, we will ask for your permission to liaise with them to ensure that you get the best possible care.
Next, body awareness is focused on. Most people have a very poor sensory awareness. Pilates teaches you how to focus and concentrate while moving, how to release unwanted tension from your body and how to relax.
Lateral thoracic breathing into the lower lungs is taught as well as how to find your best possible posture alignment. This will change over time as Pilates corrects your posture. You will learn how to engage your deep stabilising muscles of the lumbar spine (transversus abdominis, pelvic floor and multifidus), how to keep your pelvis stable and the importance of doing so and good scapulo-humeral rhythm is taught for better shoulder mobility.
As you progress, more movement skills and strengthening techniques are introduced. As we recognise people will progress at different rates, even in a class environment, you will only ever be asked to perform the level of exercise that you can safely achieve. However, you will be gently encouraged to step out of your comfort zone so that you do not become static in your development. We can not emphasise enough, that safety is always paramount. No more than 12 clients are permitted in any one class, to allow this.
Pilates is more dynamic than yoga and less high impact than jogging, aerobics or gym work - all of which can place tremendous strain on the joints. Pilates may have become highly fashionable, but a high proportion of clients come to Pilates for medical reasons, such as bad backs, necks, shoulders, joints or other physical problems.