Pilates

What is it?

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit” – Joseph Pilates

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.

Benefits include: increased mobility, flexibility and strength, improved balance, reduction in posture related aches and pains and lower stress level.

Who is it for?

Pilates is available to people of all ages although we prefer to see under 16s on a 1:1 basis rather than a group class. Pilates can help in the management of a range of muscular and joint conditions but is particularly beneficial for the management of back and neck pain.  Pilates is also an excellent way of maintaining core strength, flexibility and general fitness.

The following Pilates services are available at the Courtyard:

  • Matwork classes from beginner through to advanced level
  • Equipment or studio Pilates (1:1 or small group by appointment)
  • Ante and post-natal Pilates (1:1 or small group by appointment)
  • Pilates for horse riders (offered as a class or 1:1 by appointment)

 

What to expect

At the Courtyard we are committed to offering you the very best Pilates programme delivered by instructors who are fully trained Chartered Physiotherapists. This provides a unique opportunity for you in that your instructor will use physiotherapy skills of assessment and rehabilitation to specifically tailor exercises and routines to work on areas of weakness.

An individual, one hour session with your instructor is required prior to attending any of our Pilates sessions. This will enable you to receive a full assessment and to learn the basics of The Pilates technique.

Following your assessment you will be advised as to which class level or format (group or 1:1) will provide you with the most benefit.

Pilates Class Locations

Dursley

Tetbury

Malmesbury

Hillesley

Wotton Under Edge

Cheltenham

Here’s What Our Clients Think of Us

For Karla (Hypnotherapist)

“I was here on 3-day work experience. The first day I was nervous but there was a ‘family atmosphere’ where everyone was really welcoming and made me feel comfortable. I enjoyed every minute and would love to come again.” Charlie Edwards

For Vicky (Vim and Vigour)

“I am now nearing the end of my second course of Vim and Vigour sessions. I must say, along with thoroughly enjoying myself I have noticed an improvement in my balance, core strength and flexibility over this period. My thanks go to Vicky who has focused the activities towards my particular needs and has also raised my awareness of how to combat the ageing issues my body is facing. Thank you.” Karen McDonald

For Jo (Physiotherapy)

“I have to say that in all my years, working and coaching, and being treated myself, that was one of the finest pieces of work I’ve ever witnessed. My daughter is a very complex, head strong young lady. I am truly in awe of the way Jo took on the mental and physical challenges in a way she could accept. Very grateful for all you’ve done”         

 For Jo Roberts (Equipment Based Pilates)

“Over the last 2 years of rehab, I’ve done lots of different exercises, some extreme that have worked me hard. This is the only one that I’ve had to ask to stop mid-session to get a drink of water, that’s how hard it pushes you, do not underestimate this fantastic form of exercise.” Jerry Fowler

Ready to Make a Change?

Making that first appointment is the most important part. If you’re not quite sure what you need don’t worry, give us a call or send an email. Our job is to help you find the best way forward with the most appropriate treatment plan or class for you.