The classes consist, like all exercise classes, of a warm-up, main session and cool down.
The instructor will demonstrate the exercises and will keep explaining the exercise during class execution. The instructor will monitor the class during the exercises and walk around to help. Over time the individuals will be able to execute the exercises with more precision.
The exercises are based around the Pilates Principles (Concentration, Centering, Breathing, Body Awareness, Control, Precision, Fluency, Stamina, Relaxation). These will be explained during the course of the year and are used to help with understanding the goals of each exercise.
During a class each person can work at his/her own level. The exercises can include easier options and keep presenting new challenges, no matter what level you are on. The exercises are hard – even if they look simple – but doable. It is about the journey the participants embark on, getting to know their body and how to move it in the most effective way.
Over time the exercises lead to:
- Improved body awareness (increased ability to follow exercise cues, trusting body to move)
- Improved posture
- Understanding correct set-up positions (standing & floor)
- Control of movement
- Improved flexibility & strength
During a class, lot of information/ pointers to be implemented during the exercises is given to enable everybody to work at their own level.
Trying to implement them all (straight away) can feel impossible and frustrating, so persons are encouraged to just try to do what then can and over time they will notice that they start to implement more and more. Perrforming the exercises perfectly will take years!
Pilates is a journey.