We are delighted to be able to offer Pilates Mat Classes. Led by APPI qualified Pilates instructor Kathyrn Kent. These classes offer a unique clinical approach. By combining traditional Pilates exercises with our extensive understanding of the bio-mechanics of the body and the requirements of the muscular system we can tailor and modify exercises for rehabilitation and injury prevention.
Mat work Pilates is based on the same principles as equipment Pilates - improving local muscle strength and control particularly around the spine and pelvis - but uses floor-based exercises and your own bodyweight as resistance. The advantage of this is that you can practise the exercises at home for even better results.
Whether you are recovering from a specific injury, would like to manage ongoing spinal problems more effectively or would like to improve your general strength and flexibility, then these classes will suit you. We keep the class sizes small to ensure we can teach and monitor each individual within the class and progress you at your own rate.
Classes are held at the The Cotswolds Health and Fitness Club, next door to our clinic and can be booked in a block of six classes. Booking is essential as places are limited and are going fast.
PILATES COURSES AT COTSWOLDS HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB
Classes with Kathryn are Mondays 5.30 and 6.45, Tuesdays 9.30am and Friday 9.30am
To book your place for a PILATES CLASS please contact Kathryn direct
What is a Pilates Reformer?
It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks on it that keep practitioners from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage.
At the spring end of the reformer, there is an adjustable bar called a footbar. The footbar can be used by the feet or hands as a practitioner moves the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame. They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformers parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and different levels of skill.
There are many, many reformer exercises, they can be tailored to suit the very beginner and challenge the more experienced.
The reformer offers all the benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things, in turn, lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful and efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain.