Our beginner mat classes are for people who have never tried Pilates before, those who’ve had a substantial break from the practice, and for many of us whose bodies might have their fair share of quirks yet don’t require individual postural correction or specific injury rehab.
Our intermediate mat classes are for those who have attended ten or more classes recently. We take it up a notch with more challenging exercises. Pilates mat classes follow Jo Pilates original mat work in lying, kneeling and standing. We also use accessory equipment like balls, rollers, exercise circles and bands.
This is the Garuda exercise description: Garuda’s results are striking. Increased strength, flexibility co-ordination and endurance, with a greater sense of ease and well-being. Garuda offers a cardiovascular workout while teaching the principle of relaxation within movement. The result is a stronger, leaner body, improved posture and mental ease
Flowing interesting barre work challenges every part of the body. It mobilizes thoracic and shoulder areas, tight from static daily postures like nothing else. Leg work with arm pulling and pushing elements, brings up a sweat!
Some past Pilates and movement training is desirable but not essential.
Adult ballet is challenging but deeply satisfying. Ballet incorporates body strength, flexibility, control, balance and concentration, all tied up with creativity and grace. Ballet and Pilates go hand in hand. After all Joseph Pilates developed many of his exercises to help dancers recover from injury and return to work… dancing!
A ballet class includes a warm up, barre, center practice, combinations, Cool Down.
No previous dance training is required for this class. Suitable for absolute novices.
WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER DONE PILATES BEFORE?
In our experience, it is preferable for you to do an initial private Pilates session, to introduce you to Pilates principles and for our instructors to find out about your health and exercise history. This will help us plan the best, most effective class for you.
This will be a 30 minute private session with a Pilates instructor. Cost: $60 for ½ Hr
If you have specific pathologies (eg. Recent low back injury and pain), you may need to do a full hour Pilates initial assessment with a physiotherapist, and complete some studio Pilates sessions first. This will help you deal safely with the specific condition or pathology, before commencing mat or barre work.
Cost: $95 for One hour with a Pilates Instructor and $115 with a Physiotherapist
Current clients at Evolution Pilates and MG Pilates, who have had an initial assessment and who have Pilates mat and studio experience, are not required to do an initial half hour assessment. Current mat and barre teachers and dancers are not required to do an initial assessment, unless they have specific injury issues they wish to have assessed and managed.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Comfortable Stretchy clothes, like what you wear for Pilates. (e.g. Leggings and a tee-shirt)
‘Normal’ SOCKS (not Pilates non slip) or soft ballet slippers.
WHAT TO BRING:
Water bottle and towel
If you have a Hicaps health fund card, if class run by a physio. It is only possible to claim Hicaps on the day of The system does not allow back dating claims.