Seniors Pilates Classes 
MONDAYS 
Liphook Millenium Centre
Mat Class
10.30 - 11.30
Rowledge Village Hall
Step & Balance
1.45 - 2.45

TUESDAYS 
Grayshott Village Hall
Mat Class

10.30 - 11.30

 
WEDNESDAYS 
Grayshott Village Hall
Mat Class

9.30 - 10.30

THURSDAYS 
Grayshott Village Hall
Mat Class
11.45 - 12.45
Rowledge Village Hall
Step & Balance
1.45 - 2.45
PRIVATE SESSIONS

These are available for anyone who prefers exercising in their own home or would like a programme tailored to their specific needs. 

Client Assessment Form

Please download and complete this form and bring it along to your first class.

HOW DOES PILATES WORK?

 

Do you suffer from achy joints?

Does your back feel stiff?

Do you find your balance is not what it used to be?

Do daily activities sometimes seem difficult?

 

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions then maybe a Pilates Class specifically designed for SENIORS could help. Below is a brief outline of the two types of classes available and what each provides.

 
MAT CLASSES

These last for an hour. The first 10 minutes are performed in standing and the remaining 50 minutes are performed lying down on a mat.

 

They focus on improving:

 

Joint Mobility

As we age, degenerative changes can occur causing stiffness in the joints resulting in reduced range of movement and difficulty in performing everyday activities. 

 

Pilates stimulates the production of fluid which lubricates the joints thus creating easier movement at the joint.

 

Flexibility of the Spine

Each of the bones in the spine are separated by a spongy cushion called a disc. These discs serve as the spine’s shock-absorbing system. They are filled with fluid but over time they dehydrate causing stiffness and restrictions in the spine. 

 

Pilates hydrates the discs and enables them to become efficient shock absorbers allowing for more movement and flexibility throughout the spine.   

 

Balance

There are many reasons why balance declines as we age but it may just be natural deterioration in soft tissue and muscle or perhaps years of poor posture. 

 

Pilates realigns and rebalances the body head to toe.  

 

Overall Strength

Just as bone density decreases with age, so does muscle mass which is associated with muscle weakness. This can make carrying out daily activities (such as climbing stairs) more difficult. 

 

Pilates helps to build overall strength and endurance enabling you to perform everyday tasks more easily.

STANDING/ SEATED CLASSES - STEP & BALANCE

These classes are designed for those who are unable to get down on a mat or prefer exercising in a standing or seated position. They last for an hour and are a mix of standing and seated exercises.

 

They focus on improving:

 

Posture and Balance

Poor posture results in poor alignment of the spine which affects movement of the joints and flexibility of the muscles. 

 

Good posture is important in maintaining good balance. 

 

Good balance is required for everyday activities like walking, climbing stairs, getting up from a chair or turning around. 

 

Pilates realigns and rebalances the body head to toe.

 

Joint Mobility

As we age, degenerative changes can occur around the ankle and toe joints causing stiffness and pain. It is essential to mobilise these joints as they play a key role in the normal gait cycle and balance. 

 

Pilates works on increasing the range of movement through the feet as well as the major joints.

 

Strength and Flexibility

Muscles that are not used regularly can weaken and also become short and tight.

 

Muscles like the deep abdominal, leg, and gluteal (bottom) muscles need strengthening to maintain a steady gait. 

 

Chest muscles can shorten and tighten from poor posture (rolled shoulders) as can hip muscles from prolonged periods of sitting.

 

Pilates improves strength and flexibility throughout the body.