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Until 2005 I was definitely a gym bunny believing you had to sweat and puff and pant in order to reap any physical reward. When I moved to North Devon and became pregnant with my son in 2005 I decided to try a new class – Pilates – never believing I’d see the benefits. Well, how wrong could I be? I finished classes feeling two inches taller which is quite something at just 5’2”. I still feel I’ve gained some height after each class.
I qualified as a Level 3 Pilates Instructor in 2015 and had my first class lined up for me to teach just a week after my final assessment. As well as instructing at various gyms in Plymouth, I started holding my own classes in January 2016. I have met so many wonderful people through these classes. I love teaching and am keen to prove to every person who attends my sessions how Pilates can have a positive impact both mentally and physically.
Everyone leads a busy life nowadays. Unfortunately time for ourselves is the first thing that is pushed aside so any form of exercise takes a back seat. Pilates is a form of exercise you can do anywhere, in any type of clothing without any equipment. Just a couple of exercises a day will alleviate those aches and pains, improve your posture so you can give 100% to all the other demands. Come and learn how to improve your physical health and wellbeing for ever.
Beginners – Intermediate
Tuesdays @ 2 pm
Stoke Damerel Church, Paradise Road PL1 5QL
Thursdays @ 1.45 pm
St Paul’s Church, Durnford Street PL1 3QW
Looking for a gentle yet powerful way to improve your core strength and posture while gaining flexibility? Pilates offers exactly that. Plus, it provides an excellent way to stay healthy—particularly when it comes to balance and stability—without pounding the joints. Many older adults find that their balance, flexibility, and endurance have diminished over time. These conditions are workable within most beginner Pilates contexts, and they will improve as Pilates is practiced regularly. Pilates is also a good way for older adults to rehab from surgical procedures like a hip replacement or knee surgery. Pilates also helps with a variety of age-related ailments and has been documented to slow or reverse the effects of debilitating diseases like Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. It can even help with brain traumas like a stroke.
Tuesdays @ 6.30 pm - CLASS FULL
Stoke Dameral Church, Paradise Road. PL1 5QL
Thursday @ 6.30 pm
Stuart Road Primary School, Palmerston Road PL1 5LL
These classes are suitable for both ladies and gents, from complete beginners to those who have a good knowledge of Pilates; you can start doing Pilates at almost any level of fitness and cardiovascular strength and at any age. The key point is to get everyone to move. All exercises are layered so every person can work to their level rather than worry about what everyone around them is doing. I move around the class to keep an eye on individual’s technique - using hands on correction when required – and to make sure everyone has a clear view of exercise demonstrations. The classes are interactive and I don’t think anyone feels they cannot ask questions before, after or even during a session. I always encourage people to come along early to discuss any concerns so we can discuss any adaptations which may be required during the session.
Wednesdays @ 7 pm
Stoke Damerel Church, Paradise Road PL1 5QL
You can still benefit from every Pilates exercise however much experience you have. Maintaining a strong core and good posture will allow you to steadily become more flexible. Continuing to practise Pilates will ensure long term physical health is yours to keep. In this class we work at an advanced level so it's suitable for anyone who wishes to push themselves as higher levels for exercises are offered.
Fridays @ 9.15 am
Stoke Dameral Church, Paradise Road. PL1 5QL.
A wonderful 45 minutes of movement, toning, stretching and relaxing designed to lengthen, strengthen and improve your flexibility. PS will complement all your regular fitness regimes from golfing enthusiasts, runners, cyclists to weight lifters and combat fanatics. Not many of us devote enough time to proper stretching before or after our exercise routines so here is a chance to learn how far your body can lengthen and watch yourself progress from barely reaching your knees to touching your toes.
Fridays @ 11.15 am
Edgcumbe Court, 169 Durnford Street PL1 3QR
This class is suitable for those who have mobility restrictions so getting down on to the floor and up again is difficult. Chair Pilates is follows the same principles of Pilates, but the authenticity of the basic Pilates movements will be lessened as the exercises themselves are modified for use with a chair or for standing with support. This is a terrific option for those requiring a gentle mobility and stretching class to alleviate aches and pains, help with balance and correct posture from prolonged periods of sitting.
One 2 One
I have clients who have been referred via a local physiotherapist for ongoing rehabilitation following an injury. Improving core strength can also alleviate so many pre-existing conditions and back pain. A 45 minute 1:1 session involves me watching your every move, guiding you through a programme of exercises tailored to meet your specific needs and allow you to gain confidence in your abilities. These sessions are suitable for everyone; even for those who attend other classes but want an individual session at monthly/bimonthly intervals so they can have my undivided attention then use this detailed instruction in classes. £25 per session. 2:1 and 3:1 sessions are also possible; fees are adjusted accordingly.
“In ten sessions you’ll feel the difference, in twenty you’ll see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a new body.”