Matwork Classes

This class is designed to safely exercise women post birth, focusing on strengthening the “core muscles” that pregnancy affects: the pelvic floor, abdominals, low back and gluteals; also improving movement patterns that stem from pregnancy and increasing upper body strength as well as toning the legs.
The Pilates method when applied with knowledge about the effects of pregnancy on the body, is the perfect modality to help women regain their figures and make sense of their bodies once again.

Pre-natal

During this important time for developing foetus and mother, it has been shown that exercise may be of great importance to assist with the changing and growing needs of the mother during the pregnancy and also during and after birth.

The classes are designed to accommodate women of varying trimesters in the one class, through the use of props and assists such as triangular cushions, arcs and swiss balls. Also, Pilates small apparatus such as exercise bands, magic circles and small hand weights are used to increase strength during these classes, as well as traditional and adapted Pilates mat work repertoire to focus on core strength.

The latest scientific information on pre-natal training is shared, home exercises are given and important exercises such as Kegals are explained and practised.

Advanced

These classes equate to those that are typically described as “Advanced” Pilates Matclasses. The participants have been attending Pilates for a number of years, have a strong repertoire of Pilates Matwork behind them, and they practise Pilates approximately three times per week.

Exercises such as Roll Overs, “the Classical Five”, Jack Knife, Swan Dive should be familiar names of repertoire to participants at an Experienced level.

These classes are challenging and explore repertoire in a structured and flowing manner that leaves the participant feeling well worked by the end of the session.

Fundamental

The Fundamental Matclass is for anyone who does Pilates once a week for fun, general health or cross training. These classes teach the participants the foundation principles of Pilates like pelvic and shoulder stability, pelvic floor and transversus abdominus co-activation, as well as generally strengthening the core and the hip extensor complex.

This level is ideal for any healthy body who wants to explore Pilates but can only fit one class in a week. All participants who come into this class must have completed a Concepts class or have previous Pilates experience.

Matwork Concepts (beginner)

Pilates Matwork is not like Yoga or any other form of exercise, and so the Concepts class was created to enable people who are new to Pilates to learn more about the basics of Pilates before commencing a typical Pilates Matclass.

This 60min class explores the concepts of Pilates lateral breathing; the activation and utilisation of the pelvic floor musculature during Pilates exercises; neutral pelvis and spine throughout the work; the concepts of pelvic stabilisation and good scapula-humeral rhythm. These concepts are taught as the participant works through foundation repertoire and then leaves with some home practise.

This class is booked via email to barton@pilatescanberra.com.au and arranged at a suitable time for a limited number of people within a few weeks timeframe, and will give the participant the tools to commence a Pilates Matclass with confidence and understanding.