New client offer: try a class for free
online pilates Classes
With current circumstances restricting the delivery of face to face classes, Optimal Health Pilates is embracing technology to ensure that you get your Pilates fix from the comfort of your home.
Join me for a LIVE Virtual Pilates Class (via Zoom) – all you need is a phone, tablet or laptop and some floor space.
gentle flow pilates - Wednesday, 7.30pm
These classes are designed to help you relieve aches and pains and unwind. A great opportunity to just move if you’ve been sat at a desk all day.
There will be minimal weight bearing on wrists or knees – all exercises are low impact and can be adapted where necessary.
This class is suitable for beginners.
You do not need to have Pilates experience to join a class.
The Mixed Ability & Core class requires a basic level of fitness (you should already be exercising).
The Gentle Flow and Midday Mobility classes are perfect for those new to exercise.
All classes are equipment free however there are a few items that you may want to have to hand:
- A Yoga/Pilates mat would be beneficial (you can use a large towel) or a rug/carpeted floor will be ok. Please do not wear socks on a non-carpeted floor.
- For Gentle Flow Pilates – If you cannot sit on the floor (cross legged or on your knees) please have a dining chair available.
- For all classes – a blanket or towel and cushion/pillow may be useful for comfort during kneeling, seated or laying exercises.
- A bottle/glass of water
All virtual classes have been planned around current circumstances e.g. working from home/increased stress/pressure.
This means the focus in all classes is on reducing aches and pains in neck, shoulders, backs and hips and relaxation through breathing and mobility exercises.
Mixed Ability Pilates
- The goal is to build strength and stability in postural/core muscles.
- All exercises are low impact.
- You are unlikely to sweat but will still feel like your muscles are getting a good workout.
- You may feel muscular aches the following day in areas such as the glutes/abdominals.
Gentle Flow Pilates
- The goal is to increase mobility/flexibility and reduce stress/anxiety.
- All exercises are low impact.
- There will be minimum weight bearing on wrists/knees.
- Exercises are best described as a controlled stretch.
- The class is slow paced and gentle to help you unwind.
If you …
- Lift weights
- Lift your children
- Run, swim, cycle
- Play sports
- Drive a lot
- Have a desk job
- Have a manual job
These classes are for you!
- Low impact (but still challenging)
- Improves balance and coordination
- Increases joint mobility
- Develops whole body strength, stability and flexibility
- Helps reduce the risk of injury
- Injury prevention/rehabilitation
- Improved sporting performance
- Reduction of headaches
- Reduced aches and pains
- Stress reduction
- Anxiety reduction
- Improved circulation
Yoga focuses on flexibility and mobility
Pilates focuses on strength and stability.
That’s not to say that Yoga doesn’t include strength/stability work and Pilates doesn’t include flexibility or mobility work (because they do) but the key focus is different.
Pilates exercises are centered around the core or ‘powerhouse’ and the principles/ fundamentals applied to exercises include a focus on alignment and moving with control.
You need good flexibility and mobility to move well – enter Yoga…
You need good strength and stability to move well within your new range of motion – Hi Pilates!
Yoga and Pilates make the perfect pair!