Pilates is a stimulating form of exercise for your mind and body that will improve your strength, flexibility, coordination and overall mobility. StretchPilates focuses more on dynamic stretching, which is a moving and controlled stretch rather than a stretch held at the end of your range of movement. As a result your posture and balance will change and you will move more efficiently. You will achieve a strong core, develop longer leaner muscles and improve your overall sense of well-being. Kate’s style of teaching focuses on educating people about how they ‘cheat’ during exercise and highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.
The Matwork classes are in small groups of no more than 5 people and last 60 mins. The exercises are performed on a mat, sometimes using small pieces of equipment such as bands, balls or rollers. It is your body working against gravity that provides the biggest challenge. Classes will focus on specific areas whilst using exercises that integrate the whole body to re-educate and restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function.
1:1 Pilates sessions offer a chance to focus on an individual’s goals, challenges or specific exercises. These 30 minute sessions include both learning exercises and setting a programme to practice at home.
OsteoPilates sessions are an individually designed combination of manual treatment and one-to-one Pilates instruction. Kate developed this combination from her experience of previously working as an Osteopath and currently working as a Pilates teacher. Kate has found that the combination of treatment and exercise in one session can be very effective. OsteoPilates works using osteopathic principles combined with fascial release techniques, trigger points, joint manipulation and deep soft tissue release (musculoskeletal treatment) together with an individually prescribed Pilates exercise programme. The initial session includes a consultation and a postural assessment as well as treatment. Kate will instruct and treat in a time ratio that changes depending on your requirements, pain or ability.
A manual treatment from Kate using a variety of techniques, depending on the individual and their presentation. These techniques may comprise of fascial unwinding, joint manipulation and articulation, soft tissue techniques, trigger points, craniosacral release and harmonics.