Pilates

Pilates is a fantastic form of body and core strengthening exercise with emphasis on improving general fitness and wellbeing. It is also fantastic to help with rehabilitation following injury or surgery or general body maintenance. It suits everyone of all ages & abilities and here at the Sunflower Centre we offer classes in matwork Pilates as well as a fully equipped Pilates Equipment Studio with highly experienced and qualified teachers.

Both classes & studio sessions are booked directly through the teachers and you can find out more about the teachers on their individual Sunflower pages & own websites.

Pilates has a history deeply routed in rehabilitation, originally began in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates as an early form of the discipline called 'Contrology' working with gymnasts & athletes in rehabilitation. He strongly felt the link between physical and mental health and worked using a baseline of 34 mat exercises and the equipment, which he designed & built (the early models) himself.

When you come to a Pilates matwork class you can expect to perform exercises on a mat on the floor with or without small equipment props, such as balls, bands & rings.

The studio classes are either 1:1, 2:1 or 3:1 sessions after an initial introduction to the equipment. The equipment includes the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector and Ladder Barrel.

From a fitness point of view it focuses on movement and breathing and the Pilates principle of core stabilisation addresses postural muscle strength and control, and as such it is also similar to most orthopaedic rehabilitation and therapy, therefore making Pilates suitable for all.

Whether you're in a studio session on the large equipment or attending a matwork class you can expect to have expert guidance from our wonderful teachers, who will help to tailor your practice to your individual needs and all of whom will bring their own style and flair to their classes.

"In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference and in 30 you will have a whole new body" - Joseph Pilates