Please Note: Fiona is not able to run any classes at the moment due to other commitments.
We will let you know via this website if/when she is able to start again.
Thank you to everyone for your support.
Traditional Pilates was created over 100 years ago by Joseph Pilates and was originally used within the dance world for the fit and healthy with good muscle flexibility and very good body awareness.
He believed that concentrating on precision of movement, awareness of breath control and continued flowing movement, the exerciser will be able to alter abnormal patterns of movement, reduce pain and move more efficiently.
The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) has designed a modified Pilates programme which has taken the original 34 Joseph Pilates exercises and adapted them into different levels which makes it suitable for those recovering from injury to competitive sports individuals wishing to improve performance.
Pilates essentially consists of a series of exercises focusing the mind and body using breathing control and developing a stable base of core strength through the spine and pelvis region to promote core stability, flexibility, endurance, postural and body awareness.
The benefits of Modified Pilates Classes are to:
Running like cycling is a great way to keep in cardiovascular shape but often poor running mechanics and overtraining can lead to the inevitable niggles and injuries which can lead to the frustration of having to take time off running. Another frustration runners often find is despite continued training they don't seem get any faster or the effort always feels hard. This is where Pilates for runners can help. Using all the Pilates principles the class is designed around the needs and requirements of runners.
The benefits of doing Pilates for runners are:
*Pilates for Runners and Cyclists are not exclusive and will also suit active individuals wishing to improve general and core strength and flexibility.
There are a number of reasons that we get injured when cycling, improper training, a poorly fitting bike to poor technique. A reduction in flexibility and muscular control on the bike along with poor postural awareness are also key issues that can predispose us to injury or take longer to recovery from pre existing injuries. Research has also shown that strength training for cyclists improves muscular endurance which has led to improvements in performance. Pilates for cyclists is designed to work on all the key areas of strength and flexibility needed for cycling and can be adapted to suit individual ability.
The benefits of doing Pilates for cycling are: