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PILATES:

I’ve heard of it and hear it’s good, but what exactly is Pilates?

You’d be forgiven for thinking at first glance Pilates is like yoga, but it’s not the case. Although it is practiced on a mat using slow controlled movements, the exercises and breathing are very different.

Pilates is a full body exercise with a particular emphasis on the isolation and work of the core muscles (the muscles around the torso). The exercises are low-impact, low-repetition movements, focusing on breathing, control and correct form, rather than intense movements, which can cause muscle burn-out.

The health benefits of Pilates are enormous. Improvements to your https://metimepilates.co.uk/pages/class-timetable
body’s posture, flexibility, mobility and overall co-ordination make a real difference to our long-term well-being. Expect to re-sculpt your body shape through improved muscular balance and learn to breathe efficiently.

Pilates helps to heal and prevent injuries, say goodbye to back aches and pains! Pilates is recognised by Surgeons, Physiotherapists and practioners for rehabilitation and long term health. Over the years our clients have remarked on the more restful sleep they achieve after class, probably due to the body and mind connection you achieve.

Pilates strengthens your spine and abdominal core, the body’s central support column. Soon after taking only a few classes, you’ll enjoy better posture, body balance, flexibility and strength. Popularity is exploding as people learn of the body transforming benefits and ongoing health value of Pilates. Pilates is a proven way to achieve a healthier lifestyle and better mind-body balance, ‘Me..time’ Pilates is the best place to get started on your journey.

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Our Pilates classes are suitable for anyone from complete Beginners, Intermediates, Advanced, Ball, Pre-natal, Rehabilitation, Senior Citizens and Equestrian.

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A quick look at the history of Pilates:

It was invented in the early part of last century by a German man called Joseph Pilates who during World  War I began to devise his exercises to help injured and diseased soldiers recover their strength. In the following years he developed his exercises and techniques into the Pilates we know today.  

Quote – Joseph Pilates said “You are as old as your spinal mobility” 

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STRETCH:

What is a Stretch Class? They're just that 'Stretch Classes'

We embrace the classic Pilates principals to improve your bodies posture, flexibility, mobility, balance and overall co-ordination, without the intense focus on the core muscle isolation required in Pilates, making it ideal for just about everyone who just needs to stretch. We have 2 class options to choose from Keep Moving & Get Moving.


 Keep Moving! (Maintain & improve your mobility!)

       Is this the right class for you?

  • Generally fit and active, but looking to improve your overall mobility and flexibility?
  • Starting to feel stiff or struggling with minor aches and pains?
  • Not as active as you’d like – sitting too much?
  • Recovering from an accident or injury?
  • You can get up and down from the floor? (albeit not necessarily easily)
  • You can put your shoes and socks on, but it’s not as easy as it once was?

    Get Moving! (Regain your mobility!)

    Is this the right class for you?

    • Typically 60 years +
    • Generally finding movement and getting around is becoming more difficult?
    • It’s getting harder to get up and down from a chair or the floor without an aid?
    • Your range of movement around joints is becoming reduced?
    • Experiencing aches and pains in many areas of the body, that just won’t go away?
    • Bending down is becoming a challenge?

    Both classes focus on correct posture, improving balance, as well as a mix of static and dynamic stretches focused on those muscles that generally tend to carry the most tension.

    Stretch really is suitable for anyone, no Pilates, Yoga or fitness experience necessary

    We welcome all abilities and attitudes to exercise, one of the key points to the class is to get everyone to move freely again. Mobilise with movement and then stretch to the point of a decent stretch - nothing uncomfortable, no flinching, no shaking, no holding your breath, but most definitely smiling.

    We don’t overthink, we don’t over teach, we educate every class in an enjoyable way, encouraging you to get the most out of your stretches to improve everyday life.

    All courses progress weekly, working towards a more flexible, mobile and ache free you. You'll be guided to improve your overall posture and mobility both in class and at home with guides for you to practice.

    • View Stretch class timetable (click here)
    • Stretch courses pre-booked in blocks of 8 classes
    • All courses paid in advance - £64.00 per course (click here to pay)
    • A Health Questionnaire is required (click here to request)
    • Each class duration is 25 minutes
    • Exercise mat, medium towel and water bottle required

    Join us to see what a relaxed body and mind feels like!

    Our classes are social and fun, but best of all you'll quickly see and feel the results!

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    Still not sure why you should stretch? (Top 5 reasons!)

    • Reduce muscle tension.
    • Increase range of movement in the joints.
    • Enhance muscle co-ordination.
    • Increase circulation of the blood to various parts of the body.
    • Increase energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)