Welcome to Principle Pilates
Start your New Year as you mean to go on. Join one of our two new STOTT PILATES ® Beginner Reformer Classes this January.
Take a look at a Pilates class in action and hear from the Principle Team and our clients talking about STOTT PILATES® and the difference it has made to their lives.
The Principle Effect
Pilates is a gentle, non-aerobic exercise method that can be performed by people of all ages and abilities.
It emphasises precision of movement rather than strength and endurance and helps lengthen and strengthen muscles and improve posture but without placing undue stress on either the joints or the heart.
Just some of the benefits of taking a regular Pilates class include:
At Principle Pilates we are leading advocates for STOTT PILATES and Merrithew™ Mindful Movement techniques. STOTT PILATES is a contemporary expression of Pilates’ original exercise system that has been updated with better information on postural alignment, exercise science and rehabilitation. It has a broad range of application, including:
- Sportspeople wanting to build core strength, improve flexibility and increase movement efficiency
- Elite athletes who want to prevent or address injuries
- Rehabilitation and prenatal/postnatal clients who want to enhance their fitness
- Adults that are getting a little older who want to continue enjoying an active lifestyle in their later years
If you’re interested in finding out more about the history of Pilates then this article might be of interest to you.
“Movement should be approached like life – with enthusiasm, joy and gratitude – for movement is life and life is movement. And we get out of it what we put into it.”
Ron Fletcher – Pupil of Joseph Pilates
How We Work
At Principle Pilates we want you to get the very best out of the time you spend with us, which is why our programmes are designed around you and your specific needs.
We make an initial assessment of what you want from your Pilates programme and where you are in that journey. We discuss your lifestyle, medical history and any mobility or other issues that you would like to address. We do a static postural assessment and a basic movement analysis. Together, these provide the basis for developing a programme tailored to you which we will enhance and develop with you over time.
Through a series of one-to-one sessions with an instructor, we introduce you to the STOTT PILATES system, teach you the core techniques needed to exercise correctly and work with you towards correcting any specific issues we have identified together.
If we think that it would be helpful, we may suggest a consultation with one of our Physiotherapists or, if you already have a Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Chiropractor that you see on a regular basis, we will work with them to build out your Pilates programme.
Once you are comfortable with the core techniques and you start to make progress towards achieving your goals, we will offer you the option of joining a Group Class where we think you will feel comfortable exercising in a group setting.
When structuring your programme and designing the Group Classes we blend together different exercise modalities and equipment in a way that we think will produce the best results for you. We find this more effective than running classes that focus exclusively on one specific piece of apparatus or style of exercising.
The methods and apparatus we currently use include:
- STOTT PILATES®
- V2 Max™ Reformers
- Cadillac units
- Stability chair
- Stability balls
“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, in 30 you’ll have a new body.”
Not Sure Whether This Is Right For You?
With a maximum of 6 participants, Group Classes are motivational, functional and fun – ensuring safe and effective exercise with attention to form throughout.
Terms of Booking
All classes must be pre-paid by the 5th of each month in order to guarantee your place.
We operate a 24 hour cancellation policy. Cancellations on the day cannot be carried forward.
There are three ways in which you can book and pay for Group Classes:
Regular Monthly Booking for One or Two Classes per Week
Regular monthly bookings will be will be charged in 12 monthly installments of £46 per month for a single class per week or £85 for two classes per week. The advantages this provides are:
- You have no worries over whether you have pre-paid for your classes
- The cost is spread over a 12 month period
- You pay the same amount whether there are 4 or 5 classes in the month
- You have priority if you need to catch up on any missed classes
Pay As You Go
Classes are charged as monthly blocks at £14 per class.
If you miss a class then providing you have notified us 24 hours in advance then we will try to reschedule your class if there is availability. People paying by 12 month standing order will be given priority however.
Drop In Classes
If you are an existing client and would like an additional class then we will try to organise this, subject to availability, at a cost of £18 per class. This will be at our sole discretion.,
Forms of Payment
Our accepted methods of payment are Standing Order, BACS transfer or cash and for regular attendees we prefer either Standing Order or BACS transfer.
We do not accept either cheques or card payments.
What Some of Our Clients Say
My fundamental problems concern my back. I had back surgery in 1997 ago and up until 2005 had been managing it through exercise whilst remaining in various levels of pain. However, after the birth of my second child I had constant pain. Whilst taking advice from various medical specialists and managing my pain with medication and cortisone injections they suggest I try careful exercise.
I started with mat work Pilates and swimming but that only aggravated things. People could not accurately identify the problem, or isolate the reasons, either neural, muscle or structural and thus give me a definitive answer to the problem.
It was in 2007 that my pain specialist began to identify what was going on and then I decided to try 1:1 Stott Pilates. This structured and highly managed approach has re-educated my muscles how to work properly, built up good core stability and has enabled my body to work as it should. The years of pain meant that my body had compensated so much that movement patterns where all wrong and this was placing more pressure on my spine.
Chrissy is first class on a technical level. I have a very good understanding of my issues, and she firstly took time to understand them, but then built a bespoke program which surpassed anything, anyone had done previously. Yet apart from a superb technical understanding, she has an empathy with people who have been in the depths of despair (having had specialists scratching their heads) which is very reassuring! Her ‘people skills’ are excellent.
In the time I have known her I have managed to get control of my back, both physically in terms of pain, and mentally, which is credit to her. The studio and equipment at Principle Pilates Studios in Sarisbury Green are fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend her, she is thoroughly professional with a personal touch, and continues to be a crucial part of my overall wellbeing."