Pilates & Movement Classes

Why move?

'Exercise' is a huge money making industry. It's often based on looking a certain way and/or weight loss, more often than not playing on people’s insecurities. We look for goals that will make us better, which in itself is not a bad thing, but it is often based on the notion that we we’re not good enough as we are (i.e. it becomes a punishment rather than a reward). Sadly exercise has too often become a punishment for what we ate rather than a celebration of what the body can do.

We’ve lost the essence of why we need exercise and that’s because as human beings we need movement to thrive. We have a motor centric brain which needs movement to function optimally. Our brains are super sophisticated to accommodate super sophisticated movement, we’re not the fastest or the strongest out there but we are the most versatile and adaptable.

Moving our bodies is key to being healthy and all too often people lead very sedentary lives. The misconception is unfortunately that, as long as you exercise a couple of times a week, you are active. We spend on average 9-12 hours sitting per day so to really make an impact you need to do things differently and find a way of moving your body more (and more of your body) during the day.

Changing patterns of behaviour and/or movement can be difficult and the story you tell yourself (i.e. the thoughts, values and beliefs behind the choices you make) is critical to your success. Taking up a movement class is a great way to use your body mindfully and it helps to create the awareness that is essential to moving better. You will become stronger, more mobile, have better balance and coordination and it will help you to do your daily tasks with more ease. You will start to appreciate that to get the best out of your body and it's performance you need to engage your mind and let the two work together. You will also come away from the classes with tips and ideas of how to create more movement at home, in between classes. To find out what my clients say, have a look here.

Is this class right for me?

There is a big variety of ages, abilities and fitness levels in my classes, and I love that. The goal is to make sure that everyone comes out of the class feeling great. You will come away knowing you have used your body in a challenging and mindful way, you will have been seen and you will have learnt something about the way you move and hold yourself. The more awareness you have, the better you will move and feel. My favourite saying is 'you are the sum of everything you do'. It brings me so much joy to see my students take what they have learnt in class with them and incorporate their learning into everyday life. That's when the magic truly happens.

What else do I need to know?

Wear clothing you are comfortable to move around in and bring your own mat if you have one (for the Village Hall classes). I do have some spare mats and pads but feel free to bring a towel you can roll up and use as a prop. The more you practice the quicker you will see and feel the results. One class a week is great but if you can do two, even better. If committing to more than one class a week is too challenging, make sure you practice in between classes. I have created lots of short videos that you can have access to for your own practice at home.

What about private sessions?

Private sessions are perfect if you are looking to make changes to your lifestyle or you have any specific medical conditions, suffer from chronic back pain, are pregnant or recovering from injury. They are also a good option if it is difficult to commit to regular classes or you simply prefer to practice on your own. Read on to find out what my clients say.

The content of sessions vary depending on want you want to achieve. The first session is introductory, looking at how you are moving at the moment and discussing how you'd like to feel when you do move. Your movements tell a story and the findings, together with your goals, will form the basis of any future sessions. Private sessions are held at my home in Bosham in a purpose built study. A session is typically an hour but can be longer or shorter depending on what we are working on. A regular 1 hour session is £50. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

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