"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness" - Joseph Pilates
Having grown up on the south coast I’ve always had a love of the sea and that sense of wellbeing and reinvigoration you get from a brisk, windswept walk along the beach. I’m a big believer that this same feeling can be harnessed and accessed through the flow of movement - be it in Pilates, or Massage!
Pilates, in its truest form, is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong centre.
The Pilates method, developed by the pioneer, Joseph Pilates, allows for different a series of exercises to be modified in a range of difficulty levels, from beginner to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. The core of Pilates is ‘awareness of your own body’, and each and every exercise is built around its eight key principles:
Concentration, Breathing, Centering, Control, Alignment, Flow, Coordination and Relaxation.
These 8 key principles are essential ingredients in a high quality full-bodied Pilates workout. The Pilates method has always emphasised quality over quantity, and you will find that, unlike many systems of exercise, Pilates does not include constant repetitions of each movement. Instead, the flow of doing each exercise fully, and the with precision in which they’re performed yields significant results in a shorter time than one would ever imagine.
This philosophy of movement and flow has run in my blood since the age of two, where I have been reliably informed that I was a keen toddle-dancer. Subsequently, at the age of nine I was accepted into London Junior Ballet and a good few years later, graduated as a professionally trained ballet and contemporary dancer/teacher. It was through this training that I became captivated by Pilates and the synergies it has with dance, in creating better posture and improving movement patterns and flow.
Since founding Defined Pilates and Wellness I have created my timetable of weekly classes offering a variety of Pilates based movement classes which I feel benefit the body in the best possible way.
Whether you are interested in coming to class because you want to work on a way to manage your pain, you want to exercise but don’t like going to a gym, or because you want to belong to a community of like-minded people, then this is the place for you.
Please look through the timetable of classes offered, and if you are in any doubt as to which class would be best for you – please do get in touch!
Frequently asked questions
Classes can be paid for in a half term block booking at £7.00 per session (payment to be made within the two week window prior to the new half term block) or a drop in fee of £9.00.
How can I pay?
If you are paying for a half term block you will be invoiced two weeks prior to the new block, payment must be via Bacs, or other pre-aranged method.
How can I book?
Please get in touch with me to secure your space. If a class is full you will be added to the waitlist, or recommended an alternative to attend.
What is a PAR-Q and why do I need to complete it?
A PAR-Q is a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire, it is a simple self-screening tool that is completed by the client so that the teacher is aware of any health/medical and/or physical needs so that the client gets the best out of their session. It is imperative that we have this information, so that equally we can advise you on health grounds if this exercise method isn’t suitable for you.
What do I need to bring
Mats are provided for you first trial session, if needed, after this session if you are signing up to a block you will need to provide your own. Please wear comfortable clothing - a jumper and socks in winter months, and a drink of water to stay hydrated.
Any props that are used in class will be provided*
If you’re attending a Relaxation & Meditation class you will need to provide yourself with a cushion for under your head and a blanket to keep you warm in our last pose.
All props and equipment can be purchased through me, via my online store, or you can bring your own from home.
Following COVID-19 I feel it’s especially important to keep hygiene standards high, and lower the risk of any cross contamination.
*Foam rollers for prop class will need to be purchased if you wish to use one, please see shop.
Why are Pilates mats thicker than yoga mats?
When taking a yoga or Pilates class, you might notice that the mats look similar. You can use the same mat in both types of classes, but there are some differences to consider based on your comfort level and needs. Mat thickness and texture make a difference when it comes to balance poses in yoga, whereas padding is more important in Pilates when you're rolling, lying on your side and putting more pressure on bony spots such as your spine.
What are your qualifications?
I am a level three Pilates Mat Instructor Qualifying in 2013.
I am a level 3 Holistic and Sports Massage Therapist.
I completed my level three Anatomy & Physiology in 2013 & again in 2019.
I am qualified in emergency first aid.
I am a level three Dance teacher.
I have a 2:1 BA(hons) in Contemporary Dance Performance from Laban Conservatoire of Dance & Music.