Pilates – groups 1 to 8

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Thanks to  Ann Cousins for above photo

“Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. It was created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s and incorporates elements of yoga, martial arts and Western forms of exercise.
Initially adopted by professional dancers in the US as an effective form of recovery after injury, pilates has steadily grown in popularity around the world, and includes celebrity fans such as Madonna and Jennifer Aniston.”  Taken from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/pilates.aspx

“Pilates is mainly a Resistance exercise, which tones the body by helping muscles and nerves to calibrate how much they need to work to achieve controlled, flowing movement through awareness and using core stability. Pilates for me has been a great instruction in ergonomic posture (so conserving energy) whether at rest or moving around. The deliberate way we move in Pilates, always in conjunction with breath rhythm, is also good for relaxing the mind.

Pilates is a hands-on exercise: groups must be small enough to allow for individual attention to each exerciser – including to check by touch, with consent, whether the correct muscles are being activated, for safe and effective results. Instructors have to prove they can scale exercises up and down very flexibly to suit different people.
Learning Pilates in a class, rather than from books or online videos, is the best way; although those items can be a good aid, they often don’t reinforce the basics of activating deep core muscles and describing how it should feel to perform an action, which is the important part.
It’s also fun and social to learn in a group, in a guided environment. Let’s learn, laugh and live!”
Meryl Tyers

There are 8 groups for this very popular activity:

Pilates 1

Group Co-ordinator –  Hilary Price  – 07825 292 467 – hilarydoone@hotmail.com
Tutor – Jane Forsey
Pilates 1 meets in the Friends’ Meeting House in Saffron Walden on Thursday afternoons from  1.00 to 2.00pm. This group is full but if you want to be put on the waiting list then please contact Hilary.

Pilates 2

Group Co-ordinator –  Irene Bedward – 01799 528 178 – irenebedward@hotmail.com
Tutor – Jane Forsey
Pilates 2 meets in the Friends’ Meeting House in Saffron Walden on Thursday afternoons from  2.00 to 3.00pm.  This group is now full but do contact Irene if you wish to be put on the waiting list.

Pilates 3

Group Co-ordinator –  Ann Cousins – 01799 219 072 – cous.anns@gmail.com
Tutor – Jan Crawley
Pilates 3 meets in the Baptist Church Hall in Saffron Walden on Tuesday afternoons from  1.30 to 2.30pm.  This group is now full but do contact Ann if you wish to be put on the waiting list.

Pilates 4

Group Co-ordinator –  Ann Cousins – 01799 219 072 – cous.anns@gmail.com
Tutor – Jan Crawley
Pilates 4 meets in the Baptist Church Hall in Saffron Walden on Tuesday afternoons from  2.30 to 3.30pm.  This group is now full but do contact Ann if you wish to be put on the waiting list.

Pilates 5

Group Co-ordinator –  Glennis Virgo – 01799 524 189 – glenvirgo@hotmail.com
Tutor – Jan Crawley
Pilates 5 meets in the Baptist Church Hall in Saffron Walden on Tuesday afternoons from  3.30 to 4.30pm.  This group is now full but do contact Glennis if you wish to be put on the waiting list.

Pilates 6

Group Co-ordinator –  Linda Dobson – 01799 500 939 – linda.dobson1@ntlworld.com
Tutor – Jan Crawley
Pilates 6 meets at Fairycroft House in Saffron Walden on Monday mornings from 10.00 – 11.00 am.  This group is full at the moment but if you would like to be put on the waiting list then please contact Linda Dobson.

Pilates 7

Group Co-ordinator – Judith Forster – 01799 541 409,  email j_m_forster@hotmail.com
Tutor – Jan Crawley
Pilates 7 meets at Fairycroft House in Saffron Walden on Monday mornings from 9.00 – 10.00am.  This group is full at the moment but if you would like to be put on the waiting list then please contact Judith.

Pilates 8

Group Co-ordinator – Chris Kerrison –  01799 516 586 – briankerrison599@btinternet.com
Tutor – Meryl Tyers

Pilates 8 meets at the Baptist Church Upper Hall in Saffron Walden on Tuesday mornings from 11.30am – 12.30pm.  

This is a gentle class suitable for beginners and those who are returning to exercise.

Pilates 8 has six takers so far for the new term. We can have up to 12 participants, so we have space for some new members! 

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss joining the group. You can do this by coming along to the AGM and signing-up session on 2nd September . Or by contacting our co-ordinator Chris – see above.

Meryl, the tutor, will have some info. for you about suitable clothing and mats, and has a confidential health questionnaire for each participant to fill in prior to joining the class.

There is the possibility of forming another class on Tuesday afternoons or Thursdays during the day. So if this group’s class time does not suit you, please get in touch anyway, via Chris or by talking to the tutor at the signing-up session on 2nd September. We look forward to seeing both returning class members and new faces.