Hazel Hussey Pilates runs classes at Beaconsfield Squash Club.
This is a purpose built centre which offers both orthodox and complementary therapies from a multitude of different therapists, all under one roof.
The classes are held in the bright and beautiful, newly refurbished studio.
These classes are ideal for anyone who is new to Pilates, or anyone who is looking for a gentler class such as those recovering from an injury, recently had a baby or suffer from back pain.
These classes are excellent for building a good understanding of the Pilates principles.
These classes are ideal for anyone who has previous Pilates experience and would like to challenge themselves. This is a fast paced class, where the exercises are more advanced and the heart and lungs are also given a work out.
It is not suitable for those new to Pilates, recovering from an injury or who have recently had a baby.
Everybody is welcome at these classes regardless of fitness level or previous Pilates experience. As the classes are mixed ability a variety of options will be offered for some exercises, and individual adaptions will be made, to allow the class to be tailored to your level.
What to expect:
There is a maximum of 12 clients per class to allow for individual attention to ensure that you get the most out of your Pilates workout.
The classes are mat-based and vary each week by using different pieces of small equipment such as the flex-band and mini-stability ball, to help maintain your interest levels and keep you motivated.
The exercises performed are a contemporary approach to the original exercises taught by Joseph Pilates himself. They are a series of exact and controlled movements that lengthen and strengthen the muscles simultaneously.
Results and Benefits:
Pilates is a whole body workout which will improve your strength, flexibility and muscle tone.
Pilates can also help to improve your posture as it rebalances the body by working opposing muscle groups evenly and includes exercises which move the body through all planes of movement. This balanced approach to exercise can aid rehabilitation and help to prevent future injuries.
Pilates can also help to relieve stress as it requires focus and concentration to perform the exercises correctly, allowing you to focus inwardly on your body rather than your everyday stresses.
People with low back pain can also benefit from Pilates. It strengthens the deep stabilising muscles of the torso which attach to the spine at the back and wrap around the sides of the body to meet at the front. Strengthening these muscles acts like tightening a corset to support the lumbar spine, with the added bonus of streamlining the figure and improving posture.
What to Wear:
There is a water fountain in the studio and all equipment is provided so there is so need to bring anything other than yourself. However, many people like to bring their own mat and a bottle of water with them.
You will want to wear something that is comfortable and easy to move in. It is also a good idea to wear layers as some exercises will work you harder than others.
You do not need sports shoes as the exercises are performed wearing socks or barefooted.