Pilates

Pilates is an exercise system that targets stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture.  Pilates is often described as a mixture of Alexander Technique, Body Conditioning and Yoga.  The combination of these disciplines may help improve posture,  strengthen and tone the body and help to increase flexibility. Pilates is recognised by many chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and other health professionals to help in the role of injury prevention and rehabilitation.  Pilates is widely used by many sportsmen and women from varying different disciplines who are attracted to the benefits of increased performance alongside decreased incidence of injury.   However anyone can do Pilates regardless of age, fitness level or gender.  It is suitable for a variety of health issues and medical conditions since many of the exercises can be adapted or modified to cater for individual needs.

Pilates at Lowford Clinic

At Lowford Clinic we want you to receive the best Pilates tuition in the most suitable environment.  Our Pilates teachers have a wealth of experience and knowledge of movement which ranges from the therapeutic to the technically advanced, so you can be assured that they have the proficiency to manage any injuries or concerns you may have as well as teaching those of you looking for Sports Conditioning.

If a small class isn’t for you and you would prefer completely individualised 1:1 or 1:2 training that can also be arranged. Furthermore we offer 30 minute 1:1 taster sessions in Pilates so that your teacher is able to highlight any particular problems you have and also for you to decide whether Pilates is for you.

All Pilates teaching takes place in our onsite air-conditioned studio.

Class Times

Monday 6:30pm-7:30pm (Laura)

Tuesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm and 7.30pm-8.30pm (Marie-Claire)

Wednesday 10:30am-11.30am (Maria), 7:30pm-8:30pm (Cheryl)

Thursdays 7.30-8.30pm (Marie-Claire)

Friday 10:00am-11:00 am (Marie-Claire)

Contact: pilatesandyoga@lowfordclinic.co.uk

What should I expect?

Classes at Lowford Clinic are friendly and allow you to exercise in a non-competitive environment. Numbers are kept low to allow individual attention/modification of exercises if required. There are a maximum of 8 clients per class. Pilates offers a different way of approaching exercise and for some it may be difficult to or ‘get it’ in the first couple of sessions. This is quite common and you will soon master the basics and not look back.

Why are the classes run in blocks and why do I pay in advance?

Due to the small and focused nature of our classes we have to ask for both financial and physical commitment from you.  It would not be feasible for us to pay our teachers when only a small number of participants arrive for a class.  For you to be able to receive exceptional tuition in a small group this is the industry standard model.  If however you can’t make a session in any given block, you are able to transfer that session to any other class in the same week, space-permitting or you may reduce the payment for your block by prior agreement with your teacher.
To get the best results you should practice regularly, allowing you to develop and consolidate your skills over the six weeks as the block progresses.  Once you sign up for a course, your place is guaranteed until you choose to no longer pay and participate.

Free Taster Sessions

Should you wish to try a group session, then if space permits you can join any class on a one off basis for a free taster.  If no space is available then we endeavour to provide a 30 minute class for those who have expressed an interest.  Sometimes there may be a slight delay in being able to offer this class whilst we obtain sufficient numbers of participants.

How long do the classes last?

The group and 1:1 or 1:2 classes last for 1 hour.  Individual 1:1 taster sessions last for 30 minutes.

What should I wear and bring?

Wear something easy to move in – gym trousers/leggings and t-shirt. Since the floor is cushioned shoes are not worn. Whilst we have a limited supply of clinic mats, you are encouraged to bring your own mat.

Do men do Pilates?

Whilst many perceive Pilates to be an easy exercise option, this is far from the truth and many professional athletes and sporting teams have used Plates to increase performance and prevent injury.  With this in mind, the overly macho sex are encouraged to join in and many of our classes are mixed.

Can I do Pilates when pregnant?

Pilates is a great thing to do during pregnancy and can help recovery postnatally. The best way to practice during pregnancy is to have private 1-2-1, or small group classes consisting of fellow mums from some of the groups that you may already attend.

Am I too old/young?

In a word no you are never too young or too old.  Whilst what you achieve as a Pilates student may differ based on age, the benefits to all age groups are profound.   Pilates is suitable for all ages and abilities.