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Cath has been teaching Mat Pilates since 2001 and Apparatus equipment since 2007.

"Thank you very much for your invaluable advice and instruction which has demonstrated the effectiveness of expertly taught Pilates.

I hope you appreciate the difference you have made."

Women's Health Pilates

Specialised Pilates Courses

We might need extra help from time to time.

Our courses help you feel in control, help relieve symptoms and improve your health and mobility. 

We highly recommend booking a FREE Discovery session to discuss your needs.

FEMALE FAT LOSS

Small Group Apparatus based class.  A workout and lifestyle that gets an hourglass figure and burns fat, not just weight loss.

Once upon a time to lose weight we 'ate less and exercise more'.  To lose weight, yes, but most women want to lose fat.  That needs a different approach.

The main element is hormones.  We all have them, and we want them to work FOR us, not AGAINST us.

Hormones matter a lot and they play a key role in proper metabolic function from thyroid function to adrenal signaling. For those who are dealing with female specific fat loss resistance the only way to get results is to address the underlying hormonal physiology.

Weight Loss usually leaves you the same shape, but smaller.

Fat Loss is different from Weight Loss

  • Like you've been deflated.
  • You're in a dress size smaller, but not toned up.
  • You count calories, but still, have the 'spare tyre' around your waist.
  • Weight Loss is due to calorie counting and reducing calories.
  • That can lead to hunger, cravings, lack of energy and feeling deprived of certain foods.

Fat Loss is depended on getting your HORMONES balanced.

Fat Loss is about workout out smarter, less time and with a bit more umph.  It's about making the change from dieting to being a hormonal balancing machine!

Fat loss with Metabolic Effect means that you no longer have hunger issues, or cravings and that your energy is level and consistent.

Your body shape changes, you have more energy and you do lose weight, but it's fat you've lost, not muscle or water.  Your metabolism is balanced and you are healthy and happy!

PELVIC FLOOR PILATES

Why you need us.

Have you noticed any changes in your Pelvic floor function?  Have you found that it is not working like it used to?

Coughing, sneezing and not able to stop little leaks?  Or do you find you HAVE to go to the toilet RIGHT NOW, or else?

This can happen for many reasons:

  • Childbirth
  • Your occupation
  • Pelvic /Sacral injury
  •  Problems with breathing or COPD
  • Age - sorry that happens to us all!

Research suggests that back pain and general feelings of well-being can be linked to a poor pelvic floor.

We all have a pelvic floor, and the muscles can be affected in everyone, at any time.  The vast majority of people can be helped to regain a strong and functioning pelvic floor.

Diamond Pilates is a 6-week course where the focus is on pelvic floor dysfunction and strengthening exercises for both men and women.  It is a progressive Pilates programme to give you all the tools to help strengthen those very important 3-layers of muscles.

Weekly homework and extra information included.

We offer a specific 1-2-1 pelvic floor course and also small group classes on Tuesday  9.30am called Core, Floor & More.

Factors to consider why our pelvic floor weakens:

  • Age
  • Back pain
  • Obesity
  • Weak muscles
  • Multiple births inc cesarian
  • Sitting at a desk (office job)
  • Poor exercise technique
  • Gravity
  • Lifting weights
  • Poor posture

BREAST CANCER RECOVERY

Post-Operative Workout Enhancing Recovery

Experience Pilates offers the Pink Ribbon Program(TM) , a specifically designed programme for those on the road to recovery following breast cancer surgery. The Pink Ribbon Program supports the physical, mental and emotional wellness for those individuals recovering from breast cancer surgery.

The programme will help stretch and strengthen the shoulders, chest, back, and abdominal muscles, allowing the range of motion to return to the areas affected by breast cancer. This workout accommodates women who have undergone surgery recently or who have long since begun recovery and is appropriate for all fitness levels.

There are many benefits, which include:

  • Helping to regain strength and mobility in the affected shoulder and arm
  • Retraining the core muscles of the abdomen and back
  • Improving self-confidence
  • Helping to promote a positive body image
  • Restoring posture, ensuring proper biomechanics
  • Enhancing and restoring energy levels
  • Decreasing stress and tension
  • Establishing mobility and range of motion (flexibility) for the entire shoulder girdle
  • Enabling everyday activities and working towards rejoining fitness classes again.

Planned and structured return to fitness...

There are four phases of the Pink Ribbon Program. Progression from one phase to the next varies with each individual.

  • Phase I focuses on increasing the range of motion of the shoulder, expansion of the chest and should lade stabilisation.
  • Phase II focuses on improving core strength and movement. Spinal and core stability exercises are also added to this phase.
  • Phase III adds more strengthening exercises for the core and we begin to incorporate lower body strength and stability exercises.
  • Phase IV introduces the use of resistance to the programme.

Help yourself at home...

Home practice is very much encouraged - a little every day goes a long way. All of the exercises given are detailed in the Pilates by Numbers 'Breast Cancer Recovery Series'. See here for more details.

Why choose me to help you with your recovery?

Cath at Experience Pilates was the first Pink Ribbon Program Certified Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist in the north west of England.

Cath began her Pilates and breast cancer training in 2008 with the UK's first 'Pilates and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation' course. She then progressed to being Certified with the Pink Ribbon Program, making her a much sought-after Pilates and Breast Cancer expert.

Private sessions available.

Everyone's experience of breast cancer will be different, so your Pilates journey will also be different. We offer private courses that suit you. We understand that you will have good days (and not so good), and we are flexible enough to work around you.

You might have regular hospital appointments or just need some time to yourself; all of these can be accommodated during your course.

What matters is that during each of your sessions you leave feeling great about what you have just achieved and that you feel confident in practicing them at home.

Before you start...

As everyone is different and heals at an individual pace, you should consult with your healthcare provider before starting this or any exercise session.

PRE AND POSTNATAL

There are many ways Pilates can help your body, mind, and baby as there are many changes happening, and your body is adapting every day, whether you are pre or postnatal.

What happens in a pre & postnatal class?

In our 121 sessions  ALL ABOUT YOU: how you are feeling generally and any specific concerns you may have.

Whatever trimester you are at, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.  We aim to make you comfortable throughout the class, so it is important to communicate your needs and feelings to me.  The exercises are targetted to your specific trimester and we have four different workouts depending on where you are in each one.

Depending on whether we are in a small group (max 5 per class) or as a 1-2-1, we work safely and within each trimester.  We may use large or small equipment and will work on all areas of concern - posture, hips, lower back, relaxation, and breathing.

For your comfort and exercise adaptation, there is a variety of equipment we can use.  We make most of the Reformer and Tower as well as the smaller equipment - bands, balls etc.

As we usually only meet once a week, there is the opportunity to continue some of the moves at home/work, via the ‘Fundamentals’ moves.  These are a snapshot of the basic Pilates moves we use in class.  The aim is to complete each move five times, holding each movement longer each round of practice; keep all moves within your ability and comfort levels.

Everyone is welcome.  We just need to make sure you are OK to exercise (most women are, so don't worry), and we'll do the rest.

We have afternoon and early evening sessions available for our 1-2-1's.  The Discovery Session makes sure we can help you and you can come and see the equipment.

Book Your Discovery Session Here

The Social Side of Pilates

We often set homework for you to practice and this is stored on a separate page and is password protected.   Each term we have videos, emails and other resources to help you with your practice.

We are social butterflies too, and often arrange outings, meals, and get-togethers.

Visit our Events Page to see what our next night out is!

Courses or Drop-in's?

We try and be as flexible as possible with our classes and courses so we offer set 6-week courses and drop-in sessions.

The Small Group evening sessions are courses.  We plan a progressive programme of exercise for each person's body and it is not appropriate that these classes are drop-ins.   During the 6-weeks you attend you are learning new skills and techniques to help improve your health and lifestyle.  Dipping in and out isn't an option.

Our Small Group Barre Pilates Method, Pilates to the Core and Pre & Postnatal classes ARE drop in.  We understand that you have a busy life, and may not be able to attend each week.  These are our most flexible classes - dip in and out when you need to.

Our best value for the Drop-In sessions is via our Class Pass.  See HERE for details

Full details of whether classes are courses or drop-ins are on the booking page.

Who we can help

We work with lots of different people, male and female, but often the common theme is that they have some sort of pain or something which means they cannot live their lives to the full.

Typically they might have:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Pelvic floor issues
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • General aches and pains
  • Recovering from an illness or surgery
  • Have a long-term condition which they would like help managing

One thing we do have in common is that we are all very social.  We are a lively group, but we do take the teaching seriously - make no mistake  - but we have light hearted banter throughout.

Paying for the courses

We have several ways of paying for our Small Group Mat courses:

  • Standing Order - this is by far the most popular way of paying; one regular monthly amount.  This too enjoys a 10% loyalty bonus.  Spreading the course fees over the 12 months is the easiest way to pay.
  • Class Pass - this is the best value for our pay weekly classes: Female Fat Loss, Studio Circuits, Pilates to the Core, Barre Pilates Method and Pre/Postnatal classes.
  • Per Course - Full course payment is made at the start of each course.  You will receive an email towards the end of the current course informing you of the next course costs and theme.