About Pilates & The Benefits

My body is not perfect but if I ever feel out of alignment or in pain Pilates is the only solution I can do 5 minutes and I feel better !! I believe it’s about a balanced happy body and mind.

These are the benefits YOU will get with Pilates –

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Your core strength will improve, it doesn’t always mean a flat tummy but it certainly can give you a smaller waist, stronger abdominals and your core and back will be stronger. Having a stronger core strength will improve not only abdominals and pelvic floor which leads to a better sex life!! What is the core but tummy back and pelvic floor we rely on these more than you think – working your deep abdominal muscles to give you a better foundation like a trees roots. You will have less tightness and pain- when you have a strong core your neck and shoulders and lower back can relax.

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Your Balance will improve, better balance prevents you falling try and balance on one leg if you wobble you need to improve it.

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Pilates breathing will help you focus and relax the mind – it will improve your circulation stimulates the spine and muscles you will sleep better and learn to relax when stressed as we run such business lives. Mind body awareness joseph Pilates “the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit”

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Your Pelvic floor is so important not just during and after pregnancy for women ALL their life. We need it strong to support our organs and prevent incontinence – if you have a slight leak when you cough of laugh you need to address this now – it means something is wrong – you may need to strengthen or relax other muscles so it can get stronger.

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You will improve the tone of your muscles as Pilates wont over develop some areas more than others and each movement lengthens the muscles, Pilates focuses on core strength improving strength and balanced muscle development with flexibility and more mobility. Long lean muscles using eccentric contractions – lengthening not on the contraction like a bicep curl but the return phase i.e. lowering your leg.

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Your joints will be more mobile and therefore help them feel better and prevent injury’s – not so stuff keeping fluid moving around them prevent stiff joints and less pain relevant for all ages!

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You will feel more flexible as Pilates works on the stretch and increase of the muscles and range of motion within joints. Clients say they feel so much better and their body feels lengthened and lighter after stretching the muscles.

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Your body will have a better posture and proper alignment which improves your self-esteem. Look in the mirror – You will look and walk better as straighter and more confident with 2 inches taller!

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The exercises will isolate or focus on one or a few muscles at a time i.e. your bottom or one leg this will stop your dominate side taking over -as it may when you walk/ run or work. Your body will learn to isolate a muscle and therefore your body and muscles will be more balanced so no pain down one side if you over it, or as you get older people tend to lean working the weak side will stop this. So relevant for rehab after injury and athletes and all ages – we adapt the exercise for different levels and give modifications so classes tailored to all. As you will focus on the movement the body and mind will work together more.

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You may well have Weight loss with Pilates and aerobic activity and will better body circulation.

Pilates will increase your energy and keep you pain free to do more of the things you enjoy like gardening, golf, running, skiing, cycling.

Class Testimonials

“I attended a Pilates Women’s Wellness Workshop and learnt so much about myself and where I was going wrong each month – leading me to a stressed lifestyle. Just a few adaptations and using the roller ball I’ve helped to calm my hormones, me and my life !”

Natasha Farnham Sept 18

“Your workshop was the Best money I have spent on myself, Thank you Hannah for a brilliant informative day and for putting together an excellent day and introducing us to experts in the key fields that will really make a difference as we cope with the perimenopause. Today taught me so much more than I anticipated and I feel I have both the understanding and a plan to really improve my health, wellbeing and energy levels.”

Michelle Lawton Jan 18

“Hannah has an excellent knowledge of the body and a lovely teaching style. During the workshop she picked up on all of my bad posture habits and gaves great advice on how to correct them. She is generous with her time and gives individual attention to all of her students. I walked away feeling stretched, refreshed and re-aligned. Farnham Pilates is Highly recommended!”

Sarah Coutts Jan 18