Pilates › Vanessa Michielon
Pilates is a low-impact, inclusive form of exercise which strengthens and stabilises the body. It focuses on the core and has a focus on breathing. It offers “coordination of mind, body and spirit” and its six key principles encompass: control; concentration; powerhouse (core) centring; breathing; precision and flow.
Pilates: Mastering Breath & Alignment
A Pilates workout with the focus on mastering the breath pattern and correct alignment, while we move to improve spine stability and core functionality. This class is suitable for beginners and includes some of the key Pilates movements, including the 100s. We will apply lateral thoracic breathing to a series of abdominal and back exercises, so you can learn how to use your full lungs capacity to practice with more ease and efficiency (and never feel out of breath again). You will need an exercise band, or an old pair of socks!
Pilates for Shoulder Stability and Neck Relaxation
A Pilates class for the shoulders and neck to build strength and mobility to help you find full range of movement to prevent injury. It will also help create more space and relaxation in your neck and stabilise your shoulders as you move. We will both clarify the upper body alignment of some common Pilates exercises (planks, shoulder bridges, the Roll up) and use an elastic band (or a sock!) to create deeper connection in the side body and upper back muscles, so that your neck and head can move more freely and without excess tension. A great class to refine technique, as well as for those of us who spend time at our desk or travelling.
Pilates for Strength: Back Mobility
Pilates for Strength: Ankle Stability for Balance
This Pilates-inspired flow focuses on improving the range of motion and creating more strength and mobility in the ankle joints. Good ankle stability and mobility reduces back pain and risk of injuries, and the core work improves strength and is great for back health. You will need an elastic band and a block/book.
Pilates for Strength: Healthy Knees
This well-rounded Pilates-inspired flow class helps to connect to the inner thighs and strengthen the muscles supporting your knees. This is vital to sustain your practice and prevent injuries. Expect a challenging flow for stronger inner thighs muscles as well as working the abdominal muscles. You will need a towel.
Pilates for Strength: Strong Spine in Spirals
Wake up and mobilise your spine! This Pilates-inspired flow helps you strengthen your whole body with a focus on your obliques; part of your abdominal muscles these are the muscles that help your torso twist. Keep your spine strong, mobile and healthy by learning how to spiral through your spine in a safe way and move with grace and fluidity. You will need an elastic band or strap/belt.
Pilates for Strength: Abdominals & Glutes
This Pilates-inspired flow class strengthens and lengthens the side body, so expect a lovely strong workout for your abdominals, especially your lateral abdominals and your glutes. These are muscles which can be weak in many of us who live a sedentary lifestyle, but it's so necessary to have strength and length for the health of your spine, and feel more spacious in the joints and well balanced in your posture. You might need an optional blanket to pad your knees and an optional chair for your balance.
Pilates for Strength: Strong Hamstrings
Get strong with this Pilates-inspired workout with a focus on the core and strengthening the hamstrings. In a world where a sedentary lifestyle leaves many of us are weak in the hamstrings, this class helps us to achieve better pelvic alignment and counterbalances the overworking of the thighs and front body. Expect a challenging and strong Pilates class. You will need a rolled towel and an elastic band or strap/belt you can pull.