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Beginners’ Pilates

My latest beginners’ course started this week in Virginia Water. I purposely keep the class sizes small so each person can have lots of attention and that’s important because we all have different bodies that move in different ways.

Everyone’s reason to start pilates is different too. There’s always a mixture of ages, body shapes, fitness and flexibility and it’s worth remembering that it’s not always the fittest people who are the most flexible! Pilates is a great way of working on muscle imbalances caused by taking part in other sports, as well being created by the lives we lead.

The beginners’ course lasts for 6 weeks and teaches the principals of Pilates, really focussing on body alignment and the importance of the core, and the exercises build each week. Every exercise can be modified and adapted depending on your capability and at the end of 6 weeks, you’ll have a new found understanding of how your body moves, not to mention you’ll feel stronger too.

Mats and any small equipment used are provided. You just have to turn up in comfortable clothing! Come along to a course and try it – you may just love it!

Pilates in everyday life.

Pilates isn’t just about what you learn in classes – its fundamentals can be applied to everyday situations, where ever you are and what ever you’re doing.

By taking what you learn out of the studio, the benefits of pilates can be felt for longer. Take gardening for instance. Recently a client who hadn’t thought of using her core to support her back when gardening was disappointed at the end of the day when her back was sore. Engaging the core before lifting, bending, twisting or digging helps support the back as it moves, reducing the risk of pain. That principle can just as easily be applied to movements such as picking up a child, a shopping bag, or a suitcase or getting in and out of the car.

Throughout the day it’s easy for shoulders to hunch which can cause shoulder and neck tension and lead to discomfort. By remembering to keep shoulders relaxed and actively keeping your shoulders down your back (think about putting them in your back pockets) you can reduce muscle tightness and tension in your neck and shoulders, improving posture and helping you stand taller. A strong, engaged core and good upper body posture go a long way to supporting the rest of our body as we go about everyday tasks.  But it’s not just every day tasks that benefit from applying what you learn in a Pilates class – sporting performance can also be improved.  A stronger, better balanced body is a more efficient body – the benefits are endless. What’s your motivation to learn Pilates?

What Pilates can do for you.

Welcome to Carrie’s Pilates and my new website.

As this is my first blog, it seems right to start at the beginning, looking at what Pilates is and how it can benefit you.

Pilates is a series of exercises to develop physical strength, core endurance, coordination, flexibility and joint mobility, as well as reducing stress, improving mental focus and creating a sense of well being. It’s recognized by Health Professionals, as being a safe and healthy way to exercise, and the great thing is that you don’t need a particular fitness level to start. There’s no ‘right’ body shape either. The exercises are designed to lengthen muscles giving a leaner look and importantly, a balanced body and are a great compliment to sports, such as running, cycling, swimming, rowing, golf, tennis to name but a few. If you’re a regular at any sport and don’t take time to stretch the muscles used and strengthen those not used on a regular basis, tightness and injury may occur. A balanced body where all muscles are worked evenly is a much more efficient, not to mention, happy body.

Maybe you’re not a regular at sport, but you also have aches and pains? Maybe you’re recovering from injury, illness or childbirth? Over time, just living our lives can create muscular imbalances in our bodies that can be addressed by, and benefit, from Pilates.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a Pilates class, or even if you haven’t, why not come along and try it out. You might just love it! Looking forward to seeing you.