It is important to start as a beginner. I teach a lot of anatomy and detailed movement strategies. It may not be the same as you have learnt in Pilates classes before.

Which class is right for me and how do I join?

I much prefer to teach people from scratch in a beginners class. I teach a mix of movement disciplines and so past experience in Pilates is not necessarily sufficient to successfully integrate into an existing class. I spend the first few terms teaching beginners the basic movement, breathing and stabilising strategies. Once that is in place I can add more complexity and challenge. It is difficult to teach the basics to one person who has just joined and complexity to long term members of the group.

I am aware of the quiet, methodical and amusing way Ruth builds our knowledge of and control over our bodies. This ability of hers stems, I think, from her own deep understanding of how our bodies are built and how they work. She also understands each person and their particular needs and is able to demonstrate exactly what she wants us to do and what she does not want us to do. I just hope I can keep going into my extreme old age, which will keep getting delayed by the going!

Tristan, well-being class, age 68  

To enquire about joining a class get in touch via the contact page.

Once the beginners phase is complete I run two levels of class: well-being and fitness. The well-being classes are designed to maintain adequate core strength and mobility for general life. The exercises used are aimed at accommodating issues such as osteoporosis, old shoulder injuries, history of disc problems, hip replacements etc. The fitness classes cover a wider range of exercises, involving more movement, strength development and coordination. These classes tend to have a faster pace.

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