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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a collection of precise controlled body movements that can improve flexibility, strength and muscle postural core muscles and it can be a preventative measure against back injury as your body will become more responsive to falls, stumbles and over exertion. It is a great way to lower stress levels, flatten your tummy, trim your waist and tone buttocks thighs and arms. The Pilates method is built around eight key principles:

  • Concentration
  • Breathing
  • Centering
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Flowing Movement
  • Isolation

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Routine Pilates is ideal for people from all walks of life; from top athletes to first time exercisers. It's suitable for men and women. Its slow, controlled approach means that it gives longer-term results - and it is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems. This type of exercise offers both mental and physical training, teaching you to be in control of your body. One is encouraged to breathe more efficiently, and to develop the "core strength", the core postural muscles that stabilise the torso.

To feel the benefits of Pilates, regular participation is essential. Thursday morning classes are taught by Sonia Jones, who has been trained by the Pilates Institute (for further information visit her website: Sonia is able to tailor the small classes to individual needs.