Pilates is a series of exercises designed to help your body function better. You begin by concentrating on the deep abdominal muscles that support your spine and progress by bringing in other muscles, strengthening those that are weak and stretching those that are tight.
Equipment Based Pilates
Pilates can be performed on specialist equipment which offers both support and resistance via the use of springs and pulleys. Using the equipment can take Pilates to a higher level encouraging greater precision and improved core stability, strength and endurance. Alternatively, the supportive element and smooth motion of the equipment means it is ideal for those who may find mat work or other forms of exercise too painful.
Developed by the US Navy SEALs, TRX Suspension training is a form of exercises which uses your bodyweight to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. Suspension training develops physical strength while using functional movements and dynamic positions.
Tai Chi is a form of martial art that combines graceful movements with meditation allowing the body to move in a relaxed way. It is widely recognised and recommended by GPs for helping conditions such as high blood pressure and respiratory or chronic heart conditions. It can also help reduce stress, aid sleep, and provide relief from chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.
Ashtanga Yoga is a very physical form of Yoga which synchronises breath with movement in a series of progressive postures. It was devised originally by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who is credited with bringing Yoga to the western world. Focus during the practice is on breath, bandhas (areas of the body such as the core where muscles are contracted to gain stability and direct energy flow) and drishti (gaze point).
Nia is a combination of Martial Arts, Healing Arts and Dance, drawing on Eastern and Western philosophies of joyful movement and healing to create a conditioning programme that integrates body, mind and spirit. Normally done barefoot, Nia is more than a workout, it will feed your body, helping to lubricate joints, strengthen and stretch muscles and improve your stability; but it will also focus your mind and stir your emotions.
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Vim & Vigour aims to help you re-gain strength, energy and enthusiasm, overcoming physical issues so that you can enjoy the freedom of movement again and maintain your independence.
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