YOU Massage Therapy are proud to be offering Holistic Therapist led Central Southampton Pilates classes from the first floor of our Southampton studio on Bedford Place.
Classes are 1 hour in length and are mixed ability for absolute beginners as well as those with some Pilates experience; please contact us if you'd like more information.
We offer classes to suit your schedule:
Monday evening: 6pm - 7pm
Tuesday lunch time: 12.15pm - 1.15pm
Why Join our Pilates Classes?
Taught by our experienced and dedicated instructors, the Pilates classes we offer are comprehensive in content and delivered with your health, relaxation, therapeutic needs and ultimate care in mind.
Using the Pilates principles:
Breathing, centering , concentration, flow and precision of your body, our Holistic Approach will give you the ultimate in body health benefits.
Join a Pilates course to both calm and strengthen your body and mind, as well as healing and preventing conditions such as Back Pain, Stress, uneven posture and many more.
Our Southampton Yoga and Pilates Studio is intimate, with maximum 8 people, so you will get our amazing and caring Pilates Instructor's care and attention throughout; which is so important when practicing Pilates to assure you get the postures right first time.
Benefits of Pilates:
Mat Based Pilates Benefits:
* improved - strength and flexibility
*increased - spine strength and core stability
* improved - posture
*increase - lung capacity
* increase-bone density
* stress management
What is Pilates?
Pilates is gaining in popularity due to its effectiveness. It's a fantastic aid to massage and physical therapy when treating back or posture related pain, and when recovering from injury or illness. Pilates is a slow and controlled form of exercise, designed to strengthen your posture from within, improve flexibility and strength and enhance the relationship between controlled movements of the body and mind.
Often compared to Yoga, as it is performed on a mat and using tools such as balls and blocks, Pilates combines stretching with strengthening exercises. It focuses more on controlled movements whilst maintaining a strong and straight posture. It can be tailored for recovery and rehabilitation, or generally used as a great way to keep fit, healthy and toned.
In recent years, Pilates has grown to be the leading health and fitness routine for improving back health, physique and strengthening the core muscles of the body.
When embarking on any new healthy course, it is comforting to know that it’s originator lived to the ripe old age of eighty-seven!
If you have suffered chronic back pain a long time you may be afraid to move, but movements is one way to help your problem. Welcome to the vicious circle!
One of the wonderful advantages of Pilates is that the exercises are done slowly and with control. The gentle normal flowing movements involved in a Pilates session are a perfect way to reassure your body that is ok to move again.
A lot of Pilates work involves tilting the pelvis to a more neutral position, in which the pubic bone and hip bones are level on horizontal plane; taking pressure of the lower back muscles and strengthening the core. An arched or curved back increases the load on the ligaments of the spine and reduce use of the deep abdominal (stomach) and spinal (back) muscles.
Pilates exercises involve the engagement and strengthening of the deep abdominal and spinal muscles with a neutral pelvis. Movement and training of these muscles in a neutral pelvic position reduces the load on the spine and optimizes the use and strength of these deep muscles. Increased strength in the deep abdominal muscles means better support and fuction of the back.