Standing Pilates: mixed levels
Time: 15:45 - 16:45
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: FKK31
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
Pilates Barre joins the benefits of weight bearing exercise to the core and back strengthening work of mat based Pilates. All the same basic principles of mat Pilates practices are present, including alignment of the spine, breath awareness and engaging core muscles. The difference is that the exercises are practised in standing using a ballet barre for support.
The standing aspect of Pilates Barre facilitates training and toning the muscles of the lower body. In particular, the stabiliser muscles of the legs, feet and ankles are all strengthened. Pelvic stability is enhanced through stronger gluteal muscles. Balance skills and co-ordination skills are developed in movement sequences practised at the barre.
Taking a whole body approach to training and movement, this course includes some exercises for the upper back and shoulder girdle. Spinal mobility and muscle flexibility are integrated in each class also.
It may be useful to note that working in standing eliminates the need for getting up and down from the floor, which may be helpful to some people. Additionally, weight bearing exercise is beneficial to bone density.
What will we cover?
- Pilates based movement sequences performed in standing
- Training for core and postural muscles of the back and trunk
- Toning of lower body muscles, working in parallel and in turned out positions
- Whole body alignment and balance work
- Shoulder girdle stability and range of movement in the upper body
- Spinal mobility and flexibility.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform standing Pilates sequences with increased strength and endurance
- Demonstrate improved core strength, postural alignment and balance
- Effectively tone the major muscle groups of the lower body in parallel and turned out positions
- Demonstrate increased range of movement, spinal mobility and whole body flexibility
- Describe some basic principles of how to exercise effectively for joint health.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience, adaptations and progressions will be offered as appropriate.
The nature of the training in this course means that it places considerable emphasis on use of the joints in the lower body.
Prospective students with joint conditions that affect the lower limbs should consult their medical practitioner or physiotherapist prior to enrolling on this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Demonstration and practice
- Follow me
- Verbal Instruction
- Mini lecture
- Question and answer.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Wear fitted comfortable clothing suitable for exercise. Exercises should be performed in barefoot exercise shoes, bare feet, ballet or jazz slippers depending on individual student's preference.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further Pilates courses, ballet and dance courses.
Caroline teaches Yoga and Pilates. She believes that movement patterns — like the patterns of our fingerprints — are unique to each one of us. Despite this many people feel disconnected from their movement. Caroline is committed to helping others learn how to move using Yoga and Pilates. She knows from her own experience how the joy of movement goes on and on giving. A fully qualified, experienced British Wheel of Yoga teacher, Caroline’s classes emphasise spinal health, integrated movement, breathing, and Yogic philosophy. Her work is about facilitating others to open and develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Caroline is an experienced Q3 Pilates teacher, whose approach re-activates the whole body during Pilates movements by aligning the spine, engaging core strength to support the spine, then flowing movements from this set up. Specialist qualifications that support different population groups assist Caroline to be inclusive in her teaching: Yoga for Adults with Special Needs, Exercise with Disabled Clients, Exercise for Active Older People. Caroline divides her time between working with Movement Studies and her academic field of Victorian Studies.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.