Pilates Classes, Bolton, Manchester
Pilates improves flexibility and posture by stretching and strengthening the core and back muscles. It aids concentration as well as restoring balance and alignment to the body.
Pilates - A Short History
Pilates classes at Life-Balance-Fitness here in Bolton, along with our one-to-one classes across Manchester, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Blackburn, are based on the principles developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. Joseph was a gymnast interested in developing an exercise regime that would work both mind and muscle and in complete harmony. In his classes he developed a following of dancers who saw how the Pilates method could create long strong muscles and a toned physique.
Pilates – Principles of Training
A classical mat-based Pilates session will consist of any number of the thirty-four basic exercises developed in the early part of this century. The classic Pilates exercises have been modified and adapted over time, as our understanding of exercise and physiology has advanced as a form of functional fitness, both strengthening the muscles and realigning the body.
Pilates is widely used for the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and by athletes/sports enthusiasts as a method of conditioning.
The Six Principles of Pilates
Ffocusing the mind to the centre of the body or the ‘powerhouse’ i.e the area between the ribs and the pubic bone. Pilates exercises help the rest of the body to function efficiently.
Establishing a mind/ body connection by bringing your full attention to executing the exercise.
By controlling the movement we can move with quality, activating the right muscles at the right time. Good technique is essential in Pilates to bring about good results.
Using quality and precision to execute a Pilates exercise will allow for good progression.
Most of the thirty-four Pilates exercises co-ordinate with the breath. Good breathing patterns increase awareness and control of the trunk and ribs.
The flowing nature of Pilates exercises connect all parts of the body.
How Can I Benefit from Pilates classes?
Our studio in Bolton has classes suitable for both men and women and for all fitness levels/abilities. Our instructors are highly trained to modify exercise to meet individual needs.
The benefits of Pilates include:
- Increased core strength
- Improved flexibility
- Improved co-ordination
- Improved balance
- Increased muscle tone/strength
Increased core strength
An increase in core strength will lead to better body alignment, help to iron out any imbalances in the body and can dramatically improve posture and motor skills.
Pilates emphasises training in the deep core muscles and the pelvic floor to create a strong foundation.
As we age our flexibility reduces and therefore our ability to lead an active independent lifestyle decreases. Pilates encourages the lengthening of muscles to ensure correct movement. Flexibility about the major joints in the body: hips, shoulders and spine, can lead to a better quality of life.
Learning to co- ordinate movement can also increase development of motor skills and prevent injury. Many slips and falls are caused by poor flexibility, co-ordination and balance.
Falls cost the NHS approximately £15m per year. If we can move with good alignment and posture then balance will be improved.
What Can Life-Balance-Fitness Offer Me?
Initial consultation - £30.00
An initial consultation session is always recommended as this allows us to conduct a thorough postural assessment for you, during which we can also discuss your longer-term goals.
Subsequent sessions - £20.00 or £30.00
Subsequent sessions can be either thirty or sixty minutes in length, and in your own home or at our Bolton studio. Half hour sessions are £20.00; hour-long sessions are £30.00.
Pilates for Beginners - Session cost: £5.00
This is an introduction to the Pilates method and some of the thirty four basic exercises; improving core strength and flexibility.
Intermediate Pilates - Session cost: £5.00
Building on the exercises introduced in the Pilates for Beginners classes and working on increased improvements in balance and co-ordination as well as strength and flexibility.
One-to-one Pilates sessions - £30.00 per hour
If you are looking for a more personal approach our one-to-one Pilates sessions may be for you. Our instructors can devise a personalised programme to suit any individual medical requirements or specific fitness goals.
Life-Balance-Fitness can provide one-to-one sessions at any level at our Bolton studio. But don't forget, if you'd like to book your one-to-one class in Manchester, Rochdale, Bury, Oldham or Blackburn just call 07724 598372.
If you don't want to come alone, but don't feel particularly comfortable in a group session either, then why not call 07724 598372 and ask about coming along with a friend? You can even split the cost!
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