“Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. It was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, as well as by yoga. Pilates taught what he first called ‘contrology’ at his studio in New York for several decades from the 1920s on.” The Pilates method was adopted by professional dancers in the US as an effective form of recovery after injury, and has steadily grown in popularity around the world. Adapted from https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/guide-to-pilates/

“Pilates is mainly a resistance-based rather than an aerobic 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 can greatly help with ergonomic posture (so conserving energy), whether at rest or in movement. 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.

Although you can use books or online videos to help you, a class is much the best way to learn Pilates. Your teacher will reinforce the basics of activating deep core muscles in each move, and describe how it should feel to perform an action, which is important. Not only that, it’s fun and social to learn in a group, in a guided environment. Let’s learn, laugh and live!”

There are several groups for this very popular activity but Groups 3 to 7 are inactive at the moment following Covid restrictions:

There is a vacancy for Pilates 1. This will be at 1.00pm for one hour on Thursdays at the Friends Meeting House. Contact Hilary Price – hilaryprice127@gmail.com
We are hoping to start a new Pilates group at Sewards End Village Hall on Wednesdays at 1.30pm from 3rd November 2021. Contact Ann Treglown at ann.treglown@gmail.com

Pilates 1

Group Co-ordinator – Hilary Price – hilaryprice127@gmail.com
Tutor – Jane Forsey
Pilates 1 meets in the Friends’ Meeting House in Saffron Walden on Thursday mornings – time to be confirmed.  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 8

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

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

A gentle class suitable for beginners and those returning to exercise. Please bring a well-padded non-slip mat, a towel to roll up for a head support, and water. Please wear suitable clothing. Don’t forget your mask and sanitizer; please follow the Church’s safety rules when in the building.

Update: At the moment, we have no spaces. However, if SW U3A members wish to be put on the waiting list, please get in touch with our co-ordinator, Chris Kerrison. We look forward to seeing both returning class members, and in the future, new faces.