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.
New! Everyday Ninja
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. Obviously only for semi-private group sizes right now (5 max) but as restrictions are eased bigger numbers might be possible and kids are welcome – they will hopefully show us how it’s done!
Free! Group Walks and Walking Book Club
Intended initially to keep myself accountable and check out local hike routes, 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. Times and locations will vary.
One of my lovely clients also had the idea of starting a walking book club, I’ll do this separately to the the walks so you have the choice but keep your eyes peeled for more info on this coming soon.
Coming soon! Workshops
I will offer two workshops a month on varying subjects. Introduction to Animal Flow, The Science of Ageing Well, Foot Health and many others. These will be 3 hours long for £30 and will come with a handout on which you can also take notes. I am preparing these now for when we are able to meet in larger groups.
New Tariffs from 1 Jun 2020
From 1 June 2020 the single access prices are follows:
Single 1 hour semi-private outdoor class £15
Single 45 min semi-private outdoor class £12 (coming soon)
Single private 60 min outdoor session £45 (share with a friend for £50 or £25 each)
Class bundle (coming soon) – £50 a month for a weekly class and a monthly 30 minute one to one. For time efficiency you can either tag the one to one at the beginning of a class, top it up to a full hour for £20, or take it bi-monthly so you get a full hour every other month. Please note that for this offer is for those in a position to pay a monthly standing order, the point being that for your regularity you get a discount. You may make up classes that you have to miss but if you cannot commit to the monthly payment then the drop in options are for you.
One to one bundle – £160 for a block of four one to one sessions to be used within five weeks. This is a real bargain, giving you a 60 minute one to one for £40. These are time dependent and if you cannot use them within five weeks then the drop in options are for you. Individual circumstances will be considered, of course, should something come up preventing you from being able to attend a session.
Complete 6 Month Package
If you would like to really give yourself the gift of targeted progress then the six month package is for you. If you have a specific movement goal you would like to work towards, we can set out daily targets and put together a movement plan. A weekly private session and a weekly semi private class for £1300 (or £50 a week).
Bonuses: those in the complete package have free access to one workshop a month and are welcome to attend the Everyday Ninja classes.
Guarantee: As this is a large outlay you are welcome to pay on a monthly basis and stop at any time if you don’t feel it’s working for you. As it’s likely in those six months that you will need to take at least one week if not more off, the end date of the package will depend on individual circumstances which would be planned and diarised on booking. If you’re almost at the end of the 6 months and haven’t quite reached your target, I will continue to work with you until you have at no extra cost.