What is Mat Pilates?
It’s not unusual that, when you first hear the word “Pilates,” your mind immediately conjures up images of big, fancy machines that you can’t imagine understanding how to use. While using a reformer can be an effective workout, it can be intimidating to a first-timer who hasn’t quite dipped their toes in the Pilates pool just yet. But not to worry, Mat Pilates was actually the first form of Pilates that existed, and the only equipment it requires? Yourself.
Joseph Pilates developed the exercise in the 1920s as a way for bedridden WWI hospital patients to keep up their strength. After opening his first Pilates studio near the New York City Ballet, he ended up using his practice to help recover injured ballerinas who needed a way to keep their dancer form. Gaining popularity in the ’90s, Pilates is now used as a low-impact exercise that builds strength, tones the muscles and creates a long, lean body frame.
Pilates is a feasible option for those who are recovering from an injury but still want a low-impact exercise their body can handle. Even if you’re not taking Pilates for this reason, a mat class is perfect for those who want to try a toning class that is also gentle on the joints.
Generally, the goal of a mat Pilates class is to strengthen the body’s “powerhouse” – your abdominals, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, hips and glutes. Through a series of floor exercises using resistance bands and rings, the workout helps build, sculpt and tone these muscles, giving your body a long, lean look. Pilates can aid in flexibility and improving posture, as stretching your body is a vital part of class.
Encouraging you to breathe from your belly instead of your chest, Pilates connects your breath to the exercise, allowing that influx of oxygen to better complete each movement. The mind can benefit from mindfulness, relaxation and stress reduction during and after class.
Mat Pilates is an effective, precise set of exercises. It’s accessible to everyone at any level of fitness and provides countless benefits.
Mat Pilates will lengthen, strengthen, stretch, tone and help you breathe to a better feeling and more movable body! This class will make you work hard yet efficiently, starting with your deep core muscles. These classes allow participants to enjoy continuous movement with uninterrupted flow, and are matched to your current level of ability. With beginner through to advanced levels, our group matwork classes cater to all ages and fitness levels. You will learn to move from your center with greater ease and flexibility and access and strengthen the muscles of your deep abdominal muscles and spine. Your posture will improve, abdominals will tighten, and you will gain strength and increase your flexibility.
Pilates is a great form of exercise during pregnancy and it provides many benefits. These include relief from back pain, posture changes and improved breathing techniques to aid in calming nerves and easing labour pains. All exercise is undertaken in a safe and comfortable environment. You will learn how to activate your deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles to help prevent low back and pelvic pain. Pilates can be continued post-natally once cleared for exercise to ensure your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles recover strength and tone safely.
*During school term only
Mums & Bubs Pilates*
Our Mums, Bubs and Toddlers classes are designed for Mums to bring the kids along and get a good workout at the same time! Post-natal Pilates helps to achieve a toned, stronger mid-section and help aid weight loss whilst helping with the demands of motherhood. This is a very relaxed class setting where the babies are free to explore the studio or stay close to Mum.
Mums joining this class should be at least 6 weeks post-baby, and cleared for exercise. A pre-screening consultation is required to ensure there are no complications needing referral to a health professional before starting our classes.
*During school term only
Would you prefer a private lesson?
A one on one session with the instructor will guide you through a series of exercises to help you hone in on your deep core muscles effectively. In this session you will use a variety of equipment and props including swissballs, resistance bands, and Pilates magic circles. Ideal for those who are starting out with Pilates, who would like to take their practice to the next level, or those recovering from serious injury.
How much do classes cost?
Membership – max 3 classes per week – $36 per week
Membership – max 1 class per week – $18 per week
Dual membership – 3 Pilates / 1 Power Plate per week – $50 per week
Dual membership – 2 Pilates and 1 Power Plate per week – $40 per week
10 ClassPass Card – $180
Casual Pay per Class – $25 per class
Private Pilates lesson – $65
To book your first class simply send fill in the contact form to let me know you will be attending and we’ll see you in the studio.
All equipment is provided. Just bring yourselves and a drink bottle
"Jude is awesome. I totally recommend going to her studio. I had hip surgery two years ago and I really suffer with hip and back problems. I've come a long way with Jude's help. I feel a lot stronger and fitter. I would recommend going to see Jude once .... and you'll be hooked"
"Beautiful small Pilates studio with lovely instructor. Definitely can recommend, love the technique of mat Pilates focus on right breathing and engage your core!!!
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"During lockdown , Via Zoom , Jude has kept up her classes , we are at home doing the exercises and keeping toned ! Thanks a million , healthy bodies give us a healthy mind . Which we all need at this time ."
"Jude is an amazing instructor who provides awesome training and advice. Fun classes with lots of variety for a really great workout."
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