It’s quite difficult to explain what Pilates involves in a short sentence or even just one paragraph, but I hope the explanation below helps a little!
Joseph Pilates referred to his method as the art of Contrology (being aware of how your body moves and where you are in space).
Each movement is performed with mindfulness and concentration, helping you to correct movement patterns which may be putting stress on your back and joints and involves synchronizing your movement with your breath.
A healthy spine is one that moves in all the variations that it was meant to; extension, flexion, side flexion, rotation. Each movement is done with a connection to inner control.
Pilates is NOT bracing your tummy button into you and then waving your arms and legs around frantically, while you try and gasp for breath! When you recruit your core muscles it is done in a very controlled and dynamic way and only relative to the challenge of the movement you are doing.
The Pilates method helps people get in touch with their bodies, getting to know their strengths and weaknesses, and working with these to help be aware when doing daily activities.
Why Body Control Pilates?
What sets Body Control Pilates teachers apart from others, is the preciseness of the teaching.
When a client is doing an exercise, we are helping them be aware of parts of their body they are using: to recruit and use the muscles they need to and and relax those they don’t. We use both vocal cuing and gentle hands-on guidance to help clients be aware of their alignment.
If you want to find out more about Body Control Pilates and its co-founder Lynne Robinson click here.
My Pilates Classes & Sessions
It is essential to learn the basic techniques of Pilates correctly for you to get the best out of your Pilates sessions. This is why I insist that all new clients have 1-2-1 sessions prior to coming into a class or shared studio sessions. This is especially important for beginners and those who have been experiencing back problems, or who have other medical conditions. You can read more about 1-2-1 sessions here.
Starting Pilates for the first time is like learning to drive, and if you want to reap the benefits you need to learn the fundamentals correctly. You wouldn’t get in a car without having had a driving lesson, would you?! You would probably injure yourself or someone else along the way. Likewise, if you come into a class or studio session without having a 1-2-1 private session first, you risk leaving the class with your back hurting and thinking no way will I do another class!
I also insist on clients with previous Pilates experience having a 1-2-1 too. To give the best possible cues and adaptations, I need to see a person’s posture – their movement patterns – before teaching them in a class situation. I have many requests to join class without 1-2-1 sessions – sorry, I make no exceptions, don’t even ask! 1-2-1 sessions first!
My classes are friendly, welcoming and NOT competitive.
I encourage clients to focus on themselves and work according to their abilities. I develop the content of the classes to suit each group using small equipment such as softball, rollers, Pilates rings, balance balls and weights. The classes vary each week so there is no chance of you getting bored!
As well as working hard, we also have a lot of fun and I get moaned at a lot – but in a good way! Clients find the classes relaxing and energising as the same time and generally leave happier and taller than they were when they arrived!
My Pilates mat classes are never more than 12 people but more usually around 8 people.
Some clients like to continue with Pilates on a 1-2-1 basis rather than join a class and this is absolutely fine.
If you want to join a smaller group I also teach shared sessions in the studio, on a 1-2-3 basis – where 3 clients are sharing a session but each working at their own program set by me.
For more details of where I hold classes and studio sessions please take a look at my Classes page. You will also find details of my prices there too.