A boutique Pilates studio based in Clapham and run by Louise Buttler.
The studio focuses on small group and private one-on-one training and every session is tailored specifically to the client’s needs and abilities.
Louise constructs a unique programme for every individual and uses a combination of the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, the Barre, and other small equipment to achieve personal goals and combat any existing issues. No two sessions are the same and each class is fun, dynamic and will leave you feeling energised and rejuvenated.
In your first session, Louise will go through any medical history, concerns, injuries, assess your posture and overall strength and flexibility. She will get you moving straight away in order for you to see what the Pilates hype is about.
If you are pregnant, Louise will create a programme which will incorporate postural exercises to help with the constant stress on your posture from the ever-growing bump. Sessions will focus on arm strength to help with feeding and carrying the baby, leg strength for the birth and the bending and lifting a new mum has to do, pelvic and lower back stability and muscle balancing which will help to reduce any pelvic stability issues that may arise, breathing exercises, pelvic floor strength and muscle control, and gentle spinal stretches.
In addition to the above, Pilates is also a great aid to relaxation and allows you to have time for yourself.
Louise will design a programme which supports your recovery and strengthens the core muscles which were weakened during pregnancy. The exercises will concentrate on the core muscles and the working relationship between the abdominals, the back, diaphragm and pelvic floor which will help prevent low back pain, incontinence, improve posture and strengthen weak abdominals. This is all vital for performing everyday activities with your baby such as lifting the baby into and out of the cot, off the floor, in and out of the car, and feeding.
You are welcome to bring your baby along with you. You can either have them with you, or leave them in the room next door with our nanny.
In addition to the above, Pilates is also a great aid to relaxation and allows you to have time for yourself while your baby is next door with the nanny.
Pilates is not a High Intensity workout, but it is designed to sculpt and produce long and lean muscles. This in combination with a balanced diet will contribute to a noticeable change in the body shape.
I suggest 2-3 times a week with a day off in between for recovery. It does take 5-10 sessions for a beginner to get into the swing of Pilates and understanding the principles but, once the mind and body connection happens you should start to see results very quickly.
Pilates can be more effective for some people. Rather than utilising static stretches, Pilates focuses on movements while stretching. This means the muscles are warm when you stretch, allowing you to stretch further with less pain. The Pilates stretching technique will elongate and detoxify your muscles and the more flexible you become the less muscle tension you will endure, and your blood circulation will be improved.
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