What is Pilates?
Pilates is a fitness system devised in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He designed a series of more than 500 mind-body movements or exercises to develop strong, flexible muscles without adding bulk. Today followers include dancers, athletes, physical therapists, health care professionals and those interested in health and fitness.
STOTT PILATES®is a contemporary approach to the original works of Joseph H. Pilates. It is an anatomically based , evolved and updated version of Pilates that enhances the original technique using current knowledge about the body mechanics and athletic performance enhancement pioneered by co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals.
STOTT PILATES®focuses on core stability, neutral alignment and breathing, at the same time helping to restore the natural curves of the spine and relieving tension.
I have been studying STOTT PILATES® since 2011. This followed the diagnosis of a degenerative spinal condition that led to surgery in 2012. I used Pilates both before and after the spinal surgery to strengthen my abdominal muscles and to increase the mobility around my joints. Having experienced the benefits of Pilates first hand, in particular the STOTT PILATES® method, I decided to train as a Pilates Instructor in early 2014.
These are in groups of 16 people or less.
Foundation (Beginners Pilates)
Foundation sessions are suitable for those who are new to Pilates or have been practising for less than a year. These classes are also suitable for anyone with specific medical conditions.
These sessions are designed to develop strength, fitness and body awareness introducing more complex and challenging exercises.
Classes are held in Pomphrey Hill Pavilion in Bristol and at The Campus & Bleadon Village Hall in Weston-super-Mare.
You will need to bring your own mat to the classes. I can provide advice on the best options to buy. I supply all other equipment that may be used during the class.
Pomphrey Hill Pavilion, Bristol:
Tuesday 10am -11am Improvers
Tuesday 11am -12pm Foundation
The Campus, Weston-super-Mare:
Thursday 10.45 - 11.45am Foundation
Bleadon Village Hall, Weston-super-Mare:
Friday 9.30 - 10.30am Foundation
£42 for a block of 6 sessions (to be used over 8 weeks)
Benefits of Pilates?
Creates longer, leaner muscles
Improves core strength & stability
Helps prevent injury
Relieves stress & back pain
Enhances sporting performance
Improves balance & co-ordination
Private Sessions for you or you & a friend in Weston-super-Mare
I provide 1:1 sessions to focus on your specific needs. A postural analysis will be conducted prior to commencing your exercise programme so that the sessions can be designed to suit you and your requirements. Small props may be used to enhance or progress elements of the programme.
If you wanted to train with a friend or colleague at a time convenient to you rather than attending a class, this may be the best option for you. A postural analysis will be conducted prior to commencing your programme. This will allow me to designed sessions targeted to your specific needs.
I can provide a space in Weston-super-Mare for these sessions.