Based on the work of Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), Pilates incorporates various aspects of exercise types, including gymnastics, yoga, dance, self-defence and weight training,and offers a great way for people of all ages to improve their physical fitness.
At The Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing we offer a wide range of Pilates classes to suit all ages and abilities and everyone is welcome no matter age or abiltiy. We work with many referred patients with more chronic back/ joint problems as our classes are recommended by medical professionals. Anne-Marie has worked in the Phyisotherapy dept. at Harrogate District Hospital with referred patients and James has worked along side Phyios for the past 5 years and teaches a style of Physio-Pilates deisgned to help students avoid and recover from injury. James teaches beginners on Tuesday mornings at 10.45am.
As a purpose built studio we have access to a wide range of equipment which allows you to get the most out of your workout as there is something for everyone. The Pilates stability ball, for example, helps to challenge your balance and stability which improves core strength more quickly than working on the mat. We believe our classes are unique as we also use our yoga experince in placing a strong emphasis on the breathe and mindful movement which will help you on all levels.
In a survey carried out by BackCare, Pilates ranked as the top complementary therapy for the treatment and prevention of back pain. However, in order to derive the most benefit, you must be taught by a well-qualified teacher, in small groups, preferably in a purpose built studio such as ours.
Pilates is ideal for all from top athletes to those new to exercise as well as the elderly, pre / post-natal ladies and those with stress related problems. If you want to improve your overall fitness, posture and general wellbeing, it is widely recognised as one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise.
James is available for 1-2-1 Pilates Sessions.
"I was so impressed. We were gently and firmly taken through the exercises and given explanations why they were important. These explanations fitted with my medical knowledge and experience in the treatment of chronic pain. As a pain clinic doctor I believe that a holistic approach,such as this is needed for everyone in trouble."
Dr. Joy Stanton M.B., Ch.B. (Leeds) Basic medical qualification (now retired)
I started Pilates with Anne-Marie in March 2010 from advice given by my physiotherapist. During my first pregnancy I suffered from a condition known as PSD (pelvic instability). I had never heard of it and had been fit, well and active playing a variety of sports before my pregnancy. Soon it became apparent that it was quite frankly awful. My mobility deteriorated throughout the pregnancy and I was in a lot of pain. After the birth the condition did not go away and life with a new born became extremely difficult. I am still unsure how I got through the first year.
My physiotherapist - advised me to attend a Pilates class to support my rehabilitation. I was desperate and in a very lonely place, especially as to have the condition as seriously as I had was unusual. I was frightened.
And so my life with Pilates began. I had lost my faith in recovery but I knew somehow I had to provide a family life for my husband and daughter that involved a healthy and fit me.
I attended lessons weekly, (and still do) I listened to Anne-Marie and followed religiously my exercise regime. 5 times a day for the first year and now 2-3 times set by my physiotherapist and supported by Anne-Marie.
How did I do it? I have a support network of knowledgeable teachers and a family that keep me going. I am also a bit stubborn, and was determined to get well, I am now a firm believer in Pilates.I can see what dedication and rehabilitation can do if you are prepared to put the work in and follow the advice. I won’t say its easy but for every heel peel and clam ( Pilates exercises) the rewards have been worth it. I have a better understanding of how my body works and what is needed to get it back on track. Pilates has given me my life and faith back and for that I am truly grateful.
Carolyn Easton February 2011