Pilates focuses on core strength but also aims to improve mobility, flexibility and overall body strength, general fitness and wellbeing. Regular Pilates practice can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and coordination, joint mobility and minimise the risk of future injury. Many people also find it is helpful in relieving stress and tension.
I would describe my classes as a sort of "Pilates Fusion" meaning that I love to combine Pilates exercises with my other movement and remedial therapy knowledge to provide modern pelvic floor and core exercise prescription that is fit for purpose for the life we all lead. Whether you join a class or book a 1-2-1 session, my carefully planned programmes incorporates fully integrated pelvic floor, core and breath work into common, everyday movement patterns. Each class starts and ends with variety of delicious mobilisations and releases to leave you feeling and moving more freely.
Truly anyone and everyone will benefit from Pilates. Mixed ability classes are suitable for everyone, no matter what your previous Pilates or exercise experience, ability or condition. All exercises are taught in layers, with the easiest option first with progressions offered for those that want them. Participants are encouraged and supported to work within their limits and at the level that suits them.
Tuesday @ Hoddesdon Parish Church, Hoddesdon
19.00 - mixed ability Pilates
20.00 - pregnancy exercise
Friday @ St Cuthbert's Church, Hoddesdon
09.30 - mixed ability Pilates
10.30 - postnatal exercise
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates who was born in Germany in 1880. As a child he was plagued with rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. In order to overcome his health issues he studied and devised an exercise programme with the help of his father, a former gymnast, which helped relieve his symptoms and restore him to good health. He eventually gained enough strength to become a bodybuilder, diver, skier and gymnast. He moved to England aged 32 and was interned by the British authorities during WWI. Joseph’s interest in health and fitness continued to develop during this time and he trained and rehabilitated other interns in the camp.
In the early 1920’s Joseph moved to the USA. On the journey over to the USA he met Clara, who would later become his wife. In 1926, he and Clara opened a studio in New York. It was here that he taught his method of exercise which he named Contrology. The studio was shared with the New York City Ballet so many of his students were dancers, as well as gymnasts and athletes.
Contrology was renamed Pilates after Joseph’s death in 1967. It was introduced into the UK in the early 1970’s by Alan Herdman.
Classes run in half term blocks, roughly in line with the school terms. Each session is £9 for regular participants who commit to the block. Please contact me if you would like to join on this basis. You are welcome to join at any time, you do not need to wait for the start of a new block. The price will be adjusted accordingly.
Pay as you go is also an option, subject to availability, at £11 per session (regular participants who commit to the block get priority).
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£9.00 per session
for regulars paying up front in half term blocks. You can join at any time, subject to availability
£11.00 per session
pay as you go, subject to availability
Can't make the group class? I understand that attending a class can sometimes be difficult, so you have the option of booking private 1-2-1 sessions at a more convenient time, in the comfort of your own home.
£50 per hour
Discounts for block bookings available on request
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