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Thinking of Starting Pilates?

Posted on 7th January 2020 by

The new year always gets people thinking about or talking about starting something new. It can be a great time to give a boost to your health and wellbeing.

Pilates is a great form of exercise, so many people are recommended to do it by friends, family, their GP or surgeon. But many people don’t actually know what it is or what it will entail and that can put them off.

Starting any new form of exercise can seem daunting at first, many us worry about looking silly in front of a class or not knowing what to do, what to expect or even what to wear!

But fear not!! Everyone started somewhere, and although many of our classes have formed close friendships, they can too remember what it was like to start out!

This is one of the reasons we always offer everyone new to Pilates a free 30 minute induction session. This allows you to talk through any health or injury concerns with one of our Clinical Pilates Instructors and help you find out more about Pilates. The Instructor will modify any exercises to suit your individual needs and guide you towards a suitable level class for you.

You’ll also learn the basics of what pilates is: finding your postural muscles and learning some of the common beginner exercises to get you up to speed before entering a class.

You’ll have the chance to ask questions about anything else you’re concerned about so you can start your first class in confidence.

Your first class

The first class can be as much as a mental workout as a physical one whilst you get used to controlling your breathing whilst using new muscles in a new way. However, no one expects you to be perfect straight away so don’t panic – the Instructor leading the class will make sure you’re exercising safely and at the correct level, as long as you are still breathing that’s a good enough start for the first few weeks so don’t worry if you can’t co-ordinate everything straight away!

As with learning any new skill it takes time. Remember that pilates is non-competitive so you will work at your own level during each class. We’ll progress your exercises gradually and encourage you to move up to intermediate and advanced level classes when you’re ready.

It can take 6-8weeks to build muscle, and much longer if you’ve had pain or weakness in an area for a long time so whilst we can’t expect an overnight body transformation, you will notice the difference if you stick with it. Our regular pilates attendees report increased flexibility, reduced pain, improved balance, improved muscle tone and strength, better posture and improved confidence to exercise as just a few of the benefits of our classes!

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Don’t forget – everyone was a beginner at some point and our classes provide a really supportive and friendly environment to exercise.

We run 20 classes a week from our studio in Chandlers Ford and offer a range of flexible membership options, to suit everyone. If you’d like to give it a try, why not book a FREE no obligation 1-2-1 by calling us on 023 8025 3317.

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The goPhysio Pilates Team

Posted on 24th September 2019 by

Specialist Clinical Pilates is one of our core (excuse the pun!) services here at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford. We are unique in the area in that all of our Instructors, in addition to APPI Pilates Chandlers Fordbeing specially trained Pilates Instructors, are clinically qualified, so have a degree in Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy.

This level of qualification and specialist experience enables then to incorporate Pilates with rehabilitation and recovery of injuries, and/or using Pilates for injury prevention.

The Pilates qualifications that all of our Instructors have is from The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI). This is the world leading provider of Pilates education.  The APPI has developed a unique modified Pilates technique. This technique has been developed specifically for rehabilitation settings. It ensures that safe and scientifically researched movement patterns are learned and taught to be part of effective Rehab, retraining of alignment, correcting posture, improving range of motion, supporting the spine and for safe sport and strength training.

All our Instructors are a minimum of Level 2 qualified with APPI. 

Meet Our Instructors!

We are so privileged to have 6 fantastic Pilates Instructors in our team. As they all work clinically too, this helps provide seamless care if you are moving from physiotherapy, sports therapy or rehab to Pilates or via versa.

So, whether you’ve heard great things about Pilates and would like to start, are looking for small, supportive classes to help with prevention or recovery from injury or want to do Pilates as part of a regular exercise routine, look no further!

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Here’s all the information you need to know about:

Clinical Pilates

Our regular timetable

How to book a Regular Pilates at goPhysio

How to book PAYG Pilates at goPhysio


Mixing Up Pilates With Equipment

Posted on 1st April 2019 by

Pilates is a great whole-body conditioning class, which can be done in many different ways. Our classes here at goPhysio are mainly mat based, however, we like to mix things up to ensure you get the most out of your classes and add different challenges and keep them varied.

One way in which we do this is to use small pieces of equipment. Using equipment has many benefits it can be used to assist you, and/or give you more of a challenge.

There is a lot of different pieces of small equipment that can be used in our Pilates classes. Here’s a few examples of some of my favourites!

Resistant Exercise Band

Exercise bands are a great to use, as we can use different strength bands depending on what we are trying to achieve. Clams can be made harder by tying the band above the knees to add resistance and to really get your gluteal muscle firing. Roll ups can be a challenging exercise however, we can use a strong band to assist you to achieve a full roll up. 


The ‘Magic Circle’

The Magic circle-this is a great piece of equipment, although some would say they are a bit like Marmite; personally, I love using them! They add great resistance, making you work that little bit harder and ensure that you really feel which muscles you are working. 


Gym Balls

Pilates ball is always a fun class with the added balance component to compete with, in some exercises. The pilates ball can allow you to do exercises in a seated position, whilst having to engage your muscles to keep you nice and stable on the ball. 

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Weighted Balls

The weighted pilates ball adds increased resistance and challenge. The balls come in different weights so you can pick which weight you are happy with. The balls that we use weigh from: 0.5Kg-1.5kg 

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So, if you would like a bit more of a challenge or are struggling with an exercise, ask your Pilates instructor about the different types of equipment that you could use in your class.

Written by Graduate Sports Therapist & Pilates Instructor, Francesca 


Top 3 Pilates Standing Exercises

Posted on 1st April 2019 by

This month, Physio and Pilates Instructor, Chris, has chosen his top 3 Pilates exercises you can do in standing.

Our mat based classes (as the name suggests!), involve a range of mat exercises in sitting, lying on your back or side. However, Pilates exercises done in standing are very important too. Doing these exercises will engage and work different sets of muscles.

#1 Arm Openings Level 1

  1. Start in a natural standing position.
  2. Lift your arms forwards to shoulder height, shoulder width apart, palms facing inwards.
  3. Level 1:
    • Inhale, rotate the thoracic spine, head and neck to the right, keeping the pelvis still. Let your right arm follow the movement of the spine while reaching forwards with your left arm.
    • Exhale, rotate your body back to the midline, allowing your arm to follow the movement to resume the starting position.
    • Repeat up to ten times alternating sides.

#2 Foot Series

  1.  Starting position in a natural standing position. Centre engaged.
  2. Inhale to prepare.
  3. Exhale, bend your hips and knees 45 degrees.
  4. Inhale, peel the heels off the floor, keeping the hips and knees bent.
  5. Exhale, straighten your hips and knees, keeping the heels lifted.
  6. Inhale, lower the heels to return to the starting position.
  7. Repeat up to ten times and then reverse the direction of movement.
  8. Watch points:
    • Keep your back in a neutral position, so don’t bend forwards or backwards from the spine.
    • Aim to rise and lower largely on the vertical plane only. No shifting of the center of gravity.
    • Try and keep your big toe on the floor.
    • Control the lowering phase slowly.
    • Avoid locking your knees.

#3 Side Leg Lift Level 1

  1. Starting position – Right lunge. Left leg extended to the side, with the tip of the big toe resting on the floor. Trunk hinged forwards from the hips at around 45 degrees. Hands on waist. Centre engaged.
  2. Inhale to prepare.
  3. Exhale, reach your left toes away and then lift your left leg horizontally up from the hip, keeping the pelvis stable. Hold.
  4. Inhale, reach and lower the leg to the floor.
  5. Repeat up to ten times and then repeat on the opposite side.

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We have lot’s of informative and educational Pilates articles over on our blog, which you can find here

If you’re interested in finding out more about joining our specialist Clinical Pilates classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford, take a look at the details of what we offer, our timetable of over 20 classes a week and more information about getting started with Pilates.


Absolute Beginners Pilates at goPhysio

Posted on 23rd July 2018 by

Absolute Beginners Pilates goPhysioHave you heard all about the benefits of Pilates but have no idea what it is or what a class entails? Are you not sure where to start? Are you keen to join a class but feel a bit daunted by it?

We’re bringing a special class to Chandlers Ford this Summer – Absolute Beginners Pilates

This special Summer Pilates class, forms part of our summer timetable. This 1 hour session is for absolute beginners to Pilates. If you’re not sure what Pilates is, what a class would involve or whether it’s for you, now’s your chance to give it a try! It will cover all the Pilates basics, help you understand more about Pilates and give you the opportunity to practice some exercises. All of this will be under the careful guidance of one of our experienced Pilates Instructors.

The classes are small and supportive, so you’ll get individual guidance and attention. Our studio is welcoming and friendly, we make the classes fun and sociable – it’s so important you enjoy exercise! You can work and develop at your own pace, so don’t worry about feeling pressure or that it’s too challenging!

Absolute beginner classes are being held on:

  • Tuesday 7th August at 10am with Chris
  •  Thursday 30th August 9.30am with Roz

The 1 hour class costs £12.50. Pre-booking is required.

Take a look at the Summer Pilates Timetable 2018 here.

If you’d like to book onto the Absolute Beginners Pialtes classes or any of our other Summer Pilates classes at goPhysio, you can find out more here.


 


Summer Pilates – All The Balls

Posted on 17th July 2018 by

Summer Pilates at goPhysio Chandlers Ford

This summer, we’re trying out a few ‘special’ classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford. One of which is a Pilates class using the big gym / swiss balls. Gym Ball Pilates

We often use various balls during Pilates classes – gym balls, weighted bass and squishy balls. They’re a great way to add variety and challenge to our Clinical Pilates Mat classes. This 1 hour class will use the gym balls in a variety of exercises – whilst you sit on the ball, lay over the ball or use the ball in your hands or under your feet. The natural instability of the gymball mens you have to work a little harder, so the Pilates exercises will be a bit more challenging.

This 1 hour class will take place in our air conditioned studio in Chandlers Ford and costs £12.50 a class.

Our Pilates Exercise Ball classes are being held on:

  • Wednesday 8th August 7pm with Roz
  • Thursday 16th August 9.30am with Roz
  • Tuesday 21st August 10am with Chris
  • Tuesday 28th August 10am with Chris

Take a look at the Summer Pilates Timetable 2018 here.

If you’d like to book onto the All The Balls classes or any of our other Summer Pilates classes at goPhysio, you can find out more here.


 

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Priority Booking now open for next Pilates Course

Posted on 17th July 2017 by

Priority booking for our next Pilates course is now open for current Pilates class attendees. As we’re having a break from our regular Pilates timetable over the summer, many people have requested to book the September course before the break. Here are the next course dates and classes. To guarantee a place in a particular class, please book and pay for your place by Friday 28th July. Bookings will still be available after this date but a space can not be guaranteed.

Don’t forget, if you want to keep up with Pilates classes over the summer, you can join our Flexible Summer Pilates classes.

Pilates Course Dates September : October 2017


Flexible Summer Pilates at goPhysio

Posted on 11th July 2017 by

Summer Pilates goPhysio

 

Over the summer, we are running a Summer Pilates Timetable – with a flexible booking system so you can continue to enjoy our Pilates classes in and around the holidays!

From Monday 31st July – Friday 1st September, we’re running 11 classes a week at a variety of times and various levels.

Sign up & book here! 

Summer Pilates goPhysio

  • Clinical Pilates, specialist clinician led classes – perfect if your recovering from an injury or suffer with a long term condition, such as back pain
  • Small classes – maximum of 10 participants, giving individual attention, support and guidance
  • Comfortable, spacious, air conditioned studio
  • Flexible booking system, no tie in, pick and choose your classes
  • Choose from single PAYG class £12.50 or 5 classes for £55

How To Book A Summer Pilates Class

  1. Visit the Studio Bookings member sign up page
  2. Enter all your details and click ‘Sign up’.
  3. You will be prompted to sign in to your account.
  4. Before booking your first class, you will need to sign a ‘Waiver of liability’.
  5. Click on the ‘MY INFO’ tab and then the ‘Waiver of Liability’ tab.
  6. Sign the waiver of liability electronically.
  7. To purchase your class pass(es), visit the ‘STORE’ tab.
  8. Select the pass you’d like to purchase and add to basket.
  9. For Summer Pilates you can buy:
    1. A single (PAYG) class for £12.50 per class – select CLINICAL PILATES SINGLE CLASS
    2. 5 classes for £55 – select CLINICAL PILATES 5 CLASSES
  10. Proceed to checkout to pay for your class pass.
  11. To book a class, visit the ‘CLASSES’ tab.
  12. You will see the live class timetable.
  13. Click on your selected Clinical Pilates class and select the dates you would like to book.
  14. Click book now.
  15. You can book classes up to 2 hours before the class starts.

You can then manage all your class bookings online through the live Studio Timetable.

You can also download an app for your apple phone here or Android phone here, to enable you to manage your classes.

If you have any problems using the online booking site or would rather book and pay for your classes in person at reception, our reception team can help you with this.

FREE STUDIO CLASS

When you sign up for a Studio Bookings account, you will also get a free class pass you can use to try one of our other classes. This free class pass can be used to try one of out Yoga classes, Active Backs or Positive Steps classes. All of these can be booked online too.

T&Cs

  • All sales are final.
  • Class passes cannot be shared.
  • Class passes have an expiry date. No classes can be carried over after the expiry date of the purchased pass and no refunds will be issued for unused classes.
  • All purchased Pilates class passes expire on 1st September 2017.
  • A strict 24 hour cancellation policy applies to studio classes, including rescheduling to another time. We understand unforeseen circumstances arise, however in the interests of being fair and consistent to all clients there will be no exceptions.
  • No shows will be automatically be deducted from your class pass.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or change classes on the timetable.
  • The free studio class expires 1 month after registering with Studio Bookings. This free class can not be used for Clinical Pilates.

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DOWNLOAD FULL COURSE DETAILS HERE -> Summer 2017 Pilates Letter

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