What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of training designed to engage the mind and condition the total body. With over 500 exercises it combines both strength and flexibility to reduce stress and produce longer leaner muscles with the end goal being better overall posture.
Pilates keen focus on posture ensures we concentrate on strengthening the core - we refer to the core as the abs, pelvic girdle and back.
For decades, it's been the exercise of choice for dancers and gymnasts (and now footballers, elite athletes and Hollywood actors), but it was originally used to rehabilitate bedridden or immobile patients during World War I.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
1. Improve strength, flexibility and balance.
2. Tone and build long lean muscles.
3. Challenge and develop deep abdominal muscles.
4. Challenge your functional movement, to create new habits
that prevent injury.
5. Reduce stress, tension and pain.
6. Boost energy levels.
7. Offer relief from back pain and joint tension.
8. Offer an alternative to weight training and HIIT that
helps minimise injury.
9. Realigns the body to result in better posture.
10. Improve the way your body looks and feels and how
you feel about it!
At Fluidform we have created a space where everyone is welcome. We want you to feel empowered by knowledge and strengthened by a controlled and effective exercise program.
At Fluidform we have designed start of the art programming based on your posture and your body no two clients have the same program.
If you are new to Pilates there is so much to learn not only for you but for us as well. At Fluidform we like to start our client journey with an Initial Consultation (IC).
This IC allows us time to get to know you and your body. In this hour you are given an intensive 1:1 lesson where your posture is assessed and tested and your overall strength and flexibility is measured.
At the end of this session your instructor will have created your own personal file with a program unique to you based on your posture and individual goals. After this invigorating initiation it's time to move on and book yourself a weekly session.
All sessions and courses can be booked and purchased via our online system. You can now take control and book as many classes as you like.
It doesn't get much easier than that!
How often should I do Pilates?
We suggest 2 -3 times a week with a day off in between for recovery. It does take 5 - 10 sessions for a beginner to get into the swing of Pilates and understanding the principles but once the mind and body connection happens you should start to see results very quickly.
Will I lose weight in Pilates?
Pilates is not a high intensity workout, but it is designed to sculpt and produce long lean muscles. This in combination with a balanced diet will definitely contribute to a noticeable change in the body.
Can I do Pilates if I am injured?
Our belief is that if you are able to drive and/or walk you are ready to come to Pilates. We specialise in prehab (before surgery) and rehab (after surgery) Pilates. In particular joint replacement, spinal surgery, knee reconstructions and pre- and post-natal.
We work closely with your doctor, physio, chiropractor and/or specialist to ensure you are back to your strongest self in next to no time.
Please note: Only our Studio Equipment Pilates classes require an IC. All other classes can be commenced ASAP by booking online.
Studio Equipment Pilates
A more intimate and specialised workout, designed specifically to combat all of your issues and achieve your personal goals.
Amazing changes to your existing strength and flexibility will occur. In this small group (maximum of four clients at Danks St and maximum of three at Clovelly) you will utilise a variety of equipment including; Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Reformer and other small equipment (Roller, Swiss Ball, Bands etc).
Mat Pilates (Small Equipment)
Pilates has a reputation for improving flexibility, building strength (without bulk) and lengthening and streamlining the body.
While many clients use Pilates for general conditioning, it is also ideal for specific rehabilitation of injuries and other conditions.
Pilates can also invigorate and energise the body through improved breathing styles and a mind-body focus that stimulates circulation and enhances body awareness.
A dynamic class that will leave your abs, arse and arms being the envy of all your friends!!! A non stop session using the Swiss Ball (stability ball) to challenge every muscle in your body.
The instability of the ball ensures you are working every inch of your body for the entire hour creating an amazing cardio workout not to mention a total body sculpting class.
A dynamic fusion of Pilates, ballet and fitness. It’s an all body workout using the classic Ballet Barre that attacks those dreaded problem areas — legs, butt, thighs and arms.
At Fluidform we love Barre Attack and believe it's a great addition to your existing Pilates and fitness regime. Why not give it a go next time you are in the studio.
Pre and Post Natal
During pregnancy your Pilates instructor will modify the class depending on how you are feeling on the day. The areas of focus will alter as your body changes and you will need to work on specific areas of strength.
During the First Trimester most women will feel exhausted or nauseous. These sensations often improve later in pregnancy, allowing you to do more but it is most important to tell your
teacher that you are expecting and to ask your doctor for a letter of clearance to say you can continue to exercise.
In the Second and Third Trimesters the focus becomes more
about strengthening the body and addressing other changes that will occur.
The programme will cater for:
Arm strength - to help with feeding and carrying the baby.
Leg strength - for the birth and all the bending and lifting a new mum has to do.
Pelvic and lower back stability and muscle balancing - this will help to reduce any pelvic instability issues that may arise.
Pelvic floor strength and muscle control.
Spinal stretches (gentle).
Postural exercises that help with the constant stress on posture due to the ever growing bump in the front and the change in breast size that also occurs.
In addition to all of the above, Pilates is also a great aid to relaxation and allows you to have time for yourself.
Mums and Bubs
Suitable for new mums with children up to the age of 12 months old. Our special classes have been designed to support the recovery and needs of both mums and babies.
Our classes are flexible as we understand that babies are unpredictable... so don't be afraid to come along and give it a go.
Pilates strengthens the core muscles that are weakened during pregnancy. Mums can prevent low back pain, incontinence, improve posture and strengthen weak abdominal muscles.
We concentrate on the core muscles focusing on the working relationship of the abdominals, back, diaphragm and pelvic floor. This is very important for the new mum - and vital for lifting the baby into and out of the cot, off the floor, in and out of the car, walking, and performing basic activities of daily living.
"Change happens through movement, and movement heals”
- Joseph Pilates
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