Pilates for Everyone
Start date: 14th Jan 2020
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
Duration: 12 weeks
Tutor: Laura Kennedy
Course code: 20SP73
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness” - Joseph Pilates
This course is for;
Everyone! Whatever age or fitness ability. Pilates is a safe and invigorating form of exercise, designed to improve your health and wellbeing. Pilates is used to improve physical strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, coordination, as well as correcting alignment and posture and enhancing body awareness. All exercises work on all major muscles groups, with a particular focus on mobilising and strengthening ankles, knees, hips, back and shoulders. See it as your weekly body MOT!
Students will be required to complete a confidential health questionnaire to establish any prior learning and to ensure that any specific needs can be taken into account in lesson planning. Please provide written consent from your GP prior to enrolment if you have a medical condition which may affect your ability to participate in the physical practices.
For the first session students will need;
An exercise mat, loose clothing, a warm cover for relaxation and an open mind! Allow at least two hours to digest a heavy meal before starting a class – abdominal works after a bacon butty is not a good combination!
The course aims
Students will have the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of Pilates, becoming much more aware of posture, alignment, deep quality breathing and creating an internal resistance so that we build strength from the inside out.
Each week, we perform a varied routine of fundamental Pilates exercises from the Joseph Pilates repertoire, that 40 years on, is still helping to to restore, revitalise and improve our overall health and wellbeing, reversing our natural physical decline.
The course will cover
The 10 week course will cover:
We will work through a series of practices that will focus on building strength from the inside out. We will have a particular focus from week to week, Starting at the feet and working our way up - this includes; foot, ankle and hip mobility and strengthening exercises, knee and shoulder stabilising exercises and exercises to help strengthen and mobilise the spine (helping to reduce and/or prevent lower back pain). We will also work through a series of stretches each week designed to relieve muscle tension and create a senes of release!
The relaxation sessions will offer the students the opportunity to experience quietening of the mind and a release of physical and emotional tensions in the body through the practices of tense and relax, meditation and visualisation. As a result the students will appreciate a feeling of calm and harmony and a feeling of rejuvenation at the conclusion of each lesson.
By the end of the course students
Be confident in choosing and using simple appropriate practices to meet personal needs and lifestyles and have a fuller understanding of Pilates, its benefits, how to achieve and how to maintain it. Tutor support and guidance will be given throughout the course and students will know how to work safely and modify the practices to suit their own needs.
Don’t expect to sweat. We take a more gentle, safe approach, however, you will feel worked! The aim is for you to leave each lesson feeling taller, stronger, more mobile and relaxed in both mind and body.
The NHS recommend 150 minutes a week of cardio and at least 2 or more days a week of strength training. So adding Pilates to your weekly exercise routine as part of your strength training, alongside your cardio exercise (be it walking or running etc) is the perfect combination, keeping you strong, fit and healthy.