Mat Pilates is a series of exercises from within the Pilates Method designed specifically to be performed on a mat.
Mat Pilates involves performing Pilates exercises on the floor using a Pilates mat. Mat-based Pilates exercises are performed with slow and precise movements in repetition. When carrying out these exercises they help strengthen the body's core by developing pelvic and scapula stability and abdominal control which focus on breathing patterns.
The main goals when doing a mat Pilates program are to improve your flexibility, body balance, tone your muscles, spinal support for the body, posture, sports performance, and body-mind awareness.
Our Mat Pilates Classes are for mixed ability and we have no more than 8 people in a class, which keeps them small enough to adapt exercises accordingly to each individual ability and fitness level.
Our instructor Charlotte is fully qualified and has used Pilates throughout her professional running career and now teaches Pilates to all abilities including professional sports people, pregnant women, postnatal women, men and women of all ages. Charlotte also uses Pilates for young sporting talented athletes who use Pilates to help them improve their strength and core for their chosen sport.
One to one Pilates
For the Launch of our new studio for the month of November and December you can book your first Private 1:1 Pilates Session for £45 (Normally £60) this offer is only for new 1:1 clients only. When making this booking please ensure you quote this on your booking.
If you have ever wanted to try a one-to-one Pilates session to fit around you and your busy schedule this could be the perfect option for you. Also we provide the option if you want to work on a one-to-two basis with a friend and this can help spread the cost for you both.
Either of these sessions are tailored to suit your key fitness needs and objectives. You will gain greater knowledge, progression and development in your training through these individual sessions.
Sessions are held by appointment only and are conducted at our studio in Wimbledon. These sessions last one hour and bookings can be made direct with us.
Further discounts are available for block bookings please again enquire for further information and details.
Pregnancy is a time of a lot of change for the body and Pilates is the perfect form of exercise to help maintain your strength, fitness and energy levels as your body changes with each trimester.
Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise, it strengthens and stretches the body, improving posture and mobility without placing stress on the joints. Pilates exercises can be easily adapted during pregnancy to suit changes in your posture, body shape and energy levels, as your body changes throughout your pregnancy.
Varied and less intense than standard Pilates classes, specialist pregnancy Pilates are planned with pregnancy in mind. Exercises are chosen and adapted to provide an effective workout, completely safe for mum and baby. These classes are an excellent way to help your body cope with the changes you’re experiencing during pregnancy.
Benefits of Pilates during pregnancy
Pilates has many benefits for mums-to-be, it strengthens the pelvic floor and abdominals, helping to prepare the body for a smoother pregnancy and birth.
Mothers-to-be who regularly exercise the core muscles often experience shorter labours and reduced lower back pain or pelvic pain.
Attending classes will help with circulation, increase energy levels, increase wellbeing and a chance for you to meet other mums. Pilates improves your body awareness, posture, flexibility strengthens your abdominals and pelvic floor muscles. Women who exercise during pregnancy often recover quicker from birth, feeling more energetic and able to return to being active sooner after birth.
Pilates keeps the legs, back arms and shoulders strong and flexible, in preparation for the physical demands of being a mum.
Attending classes throughout pregnancy will also provide social support as you will get to meet other mums to be.
Postnatal Pilates with Baby
Postnatal Pilates classes with your baby offer one of the safest and most effective ways after giving birth to get you back into shape after having a baby. It quickens postpartum recovery and strengthens the body and mind. Whether you have had a normal delivery or caesarean section, a safe postnatal Pilates class is developed to target and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles after birth.
It is recommended that you wait a minimum of six weeks after delivery to start exercising again. However, if you have had a caesarean section, then it is recommended that you wait eight to twelve weeks before starting postnatal Pilates. Always consult your doctor before returning to exercise and inform the teacher at the start of the class where you are in your postnatal phase so the session can be tailored just for you.