What are the benefits of pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on activating the muscles that lie deep around the spine, pelvis and hips. These muscles, when strengthened, can provide a large number of benefits to an individual, such as:
- Increased core stability
- Improved muscle tone
- Better postural alignment and awareness
- Reduction in pain
- Greater power production in sports
- Reduced risk of injury
- Accelerated speed of recovery
- Reduction in stress levels and improved sense of well-being
What are the different types of pilates?
Pilates can be modified to suit all different levels of ability and objectives. Reflecting this, here at Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness we provide a large number of different pilates classes – from beginners, intermediate and advanced matwork pilates, to beginners, intermediate and advanced cardio pilates. We even have several barre pilates classes a week, which simplifies complex ballet technique and combines it with pilates to deliver a safe, effective, flowing workout for everyone, even those without prior dance experience.
Classes are provided in small groups, as well as 1:1 or 2:1 for anyone wishing to have individual advice throughout.
Explore our timetable for pilates classes here.
Is there a minimum level of fitness required?
There is no minimum level of fitness required, and we can easily tailor the exercises to start at a level most suited to you. We would, however, recommend an initial assessment with a physiotherapist if you have any particular needs or concerns before undertaking any exercise. Alternatively, please speak to us first about any reservations you might have so that we can place you in the most appropriate pilates class.
What to bring or wear to a class?
It is recommended that you wear clothes that are comfortable, easy to move in but not too baggy. All mats and small equipment (balls, bands, etc.) will be provided for you, along with plenty of water if needed. Socks are optional.
What makes Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness different?
With a typical week at Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness including over 50 exercise classes – the large majority of which being pilates-based – we are able to provide for all different types of abilities, situations and objectives. Importantly, our highly experienced instructors always make sure to incorporate different principles of pilates and yoga into the classes each week, making sure to keep the sessions up-to-date, varied and highly effective.
On top of this, the team of pilates instructors are overseen by a extremely well-respected and experienced women’s health specialist physiotherapist. Although the classes are by no means exclusively for women, this added level of experience and expertise can be of huge benefit to any ladies suffering from certain conditions where pilates is known to help manage, improve and remove symptoms, especially for anyone interested in completing 1:1 or 1:2 classes.
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Some of our Success Stories
I am writing a thesis and spend hours on the computer so was referred by my Physiotherapist to attend Pilates. I love coming, you are friendly inclusive and accepting; I feel confident in your expertise and experience. The best result has been more flexibility, core strength and I am more knowledgeable about my own body.Gillie
I suffered a prolapsed disc 10 years ago and 18 months ago. Working with my physio, I find that I am able to work at my own level in a friendly atmosphere. It is good fun, whilst working hard. I have increased flexibility and a greater awareness of how to improve my back. My posture is also much better. I always feel a lot more flexible after each session and less stiff.Julie
I have suffered with a bad back for a number of years and am having physiotherapy at present. I was recommended pilates by my Physio. I have really enjoyed finding out how inflexible and weak I am! Katie made the class enjoyable despite my short-comings. I now come weekly and little-by-little I am getting stronger and more flexible and it’s helping me manage my back pain a lot.Steve
I came to Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness with pain down the right side of my leg, a tight back and shoulder following a bike crash. After 2x physio and one acupuncture treatments, I started pilates and find 2 sessions per week has shown a vast improvement. I now have minimal pain in the leg, improved strength, posture and core. I feel my physical and mental well-being has improved 10-fold which makes me smile.Sonia
I came to Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness to improve my movement and build my stamina in order to keep up with the demands of working in an outdoor educational setting. I have experienced many benefits from my Pilates with Emily. I used to have an aching back after spending hours on my feet but that has disappeared altogether. I am now enjoying jogging and interval training with Emily and find that I have much more energy. Thank you!Penny