About Our Classes (keep scrolling to see booking options and prices)
Have you ever signed up to a gym membership or an exercise class that you went to once or twice and then fell out of the habit? Committed to a running regime that lasted a week? Ever wondered why it’s so hard to stick to ‘exercise’?
Perhaps your favourite thing in the world to do is play golf or dance tango, and there are two issues you might have: one, you’re held back by painful knees or a consistently niggly shoulder and; two, you spend your free time doing your favourite thing and struggle to fit in other lifestyle changes. You’ve been to the GP, had the referrals and the scans, maybe had a diagnosis of osteophytes, calcification of the joint capsule, tendonitis (diagnoses are meaningless if they don’t solve the problem, what do these words even mean??)… you might even had a knee replacement but, well, the problem of less than optimal function hasn’t gone away and it detracts from the enjoyment of your hobby.
Maybe pain isn’t the issue (or at least not the only issue) but you keep hearing ‘sitting is the new smoking’. You get a yearly health check through work and it turns out your ‘bad’ cholesterol is higher than it should be, or you’re running dangerously close to type 2 diabetes. Or perhaps your favourite thing to do is knit beautiful things or play online games where you socialise with a thriving online community; you’re aware that you have a sedentary lifestyle but the thought of joining a gym leaves you cold.
Our Beyond Pilates classes are highly personalised semi-private classes, where individual correction will ensure that you become aware of the movement patterns that are causing unnatural wear and tear on your body. The precise geometry of your joints will have an effect on the muscles engaged and therefore the quality of your movement; all of the corrective exercises are parts of standing and walking broken down into smaller pieces, the whole of which sum up to fewer aches and pains and more freedom of movement.
- Strengthening exercises are performed only in correct alignment, in order that the appropriate muscle fibres begin to be trained
- Advice is provided to ensure that you are aware of small lifestyle and postural changes that can make a huge difference without needing to necessarily put aside much time to ‘exercise’
- Restorative stretches are bolstered appropriately to ensure a passive release of tight tissues, which will enable the alignment changes to feel less ‘alien’ when standing and walking
- The movement is adapted according to the individual’s specific aches, niggles or issues
Our Animal Flow classes are fun and challenging, involving ground-based complex movement patterns designed to improve strength, mobility, coordination, stamina and flexibility.
- Crawling patterns have been proven to help with cognitive function as well as cross-body gait patterning
- Bone-loading is a known osteoporosis preventative measure and building upper-body strength with appropriate mobility is invaluable to all of us no matter what the age or demographic
- An element of play and fun helps the learning process to improve coordination
- Can be adapted to reduce the load on wrists as required
With semi-private sizes of 5 or less, we hope to be able to provide classes that enable people to feel like they have a safe environment to move in, with no element of competition or judgement. No one cares what we look like, what we’re wearing or whether we’re doing anything ‘right’. We move and laugh together.
Everyday Ninja – on hold during current lockdown restrictions
This is to be a regular outdoor get together involving walking up and down hill, over different terrain like rocks and tree roots, throwing and catching skills, squatting, balancing on logs, hanging from branches and/or climbing over/under, swinging, fun, chatting and generally being unashamed and unembarrassed to move like humans in a curious way. These outings will be £7 each or two for a tenner if you bring a friend. Kids welcome as long as the caregiver is responsible for them – they will hopefully show us how it’s done!
Free! Group Walks and Walking Book Club – on hold during current lockdown restrictions
I would like to build a sense of community within my client base and offer an inclusive way to get outside and move with us at no cost. These are an opportunity to connect with other like-minded people, spend time in nature and ask me questions about your movement practices. Times and locations will vary; sign up to the newsletter or contact me to be added to the WhatsApp group if you would like to be kept up to date.
Online class bundle – £50 a month for two weekly online classes. If you have time to attend more than once this is great value. Minimum 3 months commitment.
Online offer – £50 a month for one weekly class and one monthly 30 minute private session. If you’d like a more focused practice and don’t have the time to commit to more than one class, this is for you. Minimum 3 months commitment.
Outdoor private session block – £160. If you don’t mind being outdoors, in person private sessions are still allowed under current covid restrictions. Please note these should be used within five weeks (although some flexibility for weather or illness will be allowed).