PILATES

 

"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!  

CLASS TIMETABLE

Monday

Defined Pilates Props

East Preston Jr School

6.30-7.30pm

Defined Core Fitness

East Preston Jr School

7.45-8.45pm

 

Tuesday

Defined Pilates Props

Heene Road Com Centre

7.00-8.00pm

Wednesday

Defined Pilates Mat

East Preston Jr School

6.30-7.30pm

Defined Pilates Flow

East Preston Jr School

7.45-8.45pm

Thursday

Defined Pilates Mat

East Preston Village Hall

10.00-11.00am

Thursday

ONLINE ZOOM

Defined Matwork

6.30-7.30pm 

Defined Flow

8.00-9.00pm 

More classes will be added in the foreseeable future.

All times stated are GMT.
 
 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Defined Pilates Mat

Classes Held On:

Wednesday

Thursday

A pure Pilates Mat class which follows the 8 key principles of Pilates. It has a slightly slower pace than other classes in the week, with a focus on strengthening the core, holding stretches/postures for a few more seconds each time, whilst also finding elements of calmness ready for the week ahead.

 

Ideal for: All levels, especially beneficial for beginner to intermediate.

Defined Pilates Props

Classes Held On:

Monday

Tuesday

This Props class works deeper into the core than the pure Mat class. Still following the Pilates matwork principles, the props class includes variations in exercises, incorporating resistance bands, spiky massage balls, fitness balls, magic circles and foam rollers.


Ideal for: All levels, I would recommend completing a block of 6 sessions of Defined Pilates Mat to understand the basics, if you have never done Pilates before.

Defined Core Fitness

Classes Held On:

Monday

This is my signature class -  a Pilates inspired fitness workout that focuses on strengthening your whole body, helping to increase mobility and flexibility. Defined Core Fitness classes are designed to make you feel energised, stronger, fitter and leaner. Don’t be put off by this more challenging class on the timetable , all levels are welcome, we work on celebrating our already incredible bodies as they are right now whilst taking care of them physically and mentally.


Ideal for: All levels

Defined Relax & Meditate

Classes Held On:

Coming Soon

This class helps to balance the self and bring us into the present moment. Practicing relaxation and meditation exercises trains our concentration and helps us to cope with anxiety and stress management - which in turn improves our work/life balance effectiveness. I will take you through different meditations and teach strategies to help ride the wave of everyday life. At the end of each session I will come round and give a little head, neck & shoulder massage, using beautiful oils ( you are of course  more than welcome to opt out of this). It is advised that you bring a blanket and a cushion for this section of the class.

Ideal for: All levels

Defined Pilates Flow

Classes Held On:

Wednesday

A brand new class to the timetable - beginning the class with Pranayama (breathing exercises) to help transition into your practice from the busy world. Flowing into the core work from Pilates and the stretch and postures of Yoga.  You will leave this class feeling grounded, balanced, energised yet calm.

Ideal for: All levels

Membership Online Classes

Classes Held On:

Thursday

Additional TBA 

Classes are currently offered once a week online via zoom for all members of DPW. New links are emailed out monthly. Please make sure you are logged on 5 minutes prior to the class starting.

If you are unable to attend the live session, the link will be available for one week for you to complete the session in your own time.

Ideal for: All levels

 

1:1 PILATES

Pure Pilates & Relaxation

Recommended:

Once or twice per week

A 60 Minute Classical Matwork Pilates session.

Working with you, 1:1 to focus on your own individual needs and personal goals. Focusing on core stability and strengthening. This will give you the complete Pilates package completely customised just for you!

Duration: 1 hour per session

Home Appointment: £40.00 1:1 sessions are still available during COVID-19 but are via zoom for £35.00



*Book a block of 10 sessions and receive a 10% discount

 

Please download and complete our Pilates Health Form and either return via email to charlotte@definedpilatesandwellness.com or bring with you to class.

 

Frequently asked questions

Class Pricing


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. Failure to do so will result in a £10.00 late payment fee. If you are paying as you go, please make sure payment has been transferred at least two hours prior to the session.




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.