What do you do in a Barre class?

What do you do in a Barre class?
The following details what you will learn in a Barre class:
1. A simple warm up moving the spine in all planes of movement whilst focussing on the breath and it’s effect on the movement.
2. Lower body warm up including squats, toe rises and pliés AKA knee bends with the legs in a turned out position.
3. Upper body strength and endurance with hand weights or resistance bands.
4. Lower body strength and stability whilst increasing mobility of the hips. Standing side and back leg lifts for example.
5. Cardio Legs increasing the range of motion, repetitions and speed movements include leg kicks and curtseys.
6. Mat based floor work including Pilates abdominal strengthening, spine and shoulder girdle stabilisation and strength training. Finishing with gentle stretching and relaxation.


How to relieve tight shoulders

There can be a myriad of reasons why you might suffer tight and uncomfortable shoulders.

Poor postural alignment, faulty breath patterns or repetitive movements due to work or leisure activities to name a few.

Whilst a soothing massage would be nice… In the current lockdown situation you might benefit from a little self care to relieve tight shoulders in the form of a foam roller…


Can Pilates help back pain? Yes, here’s how…

Postural alignment keeps coming up in my private Pilates sessions and small group classes.

It’s hard to do anything well if your postural alignment is off. You’ll inevitably end up with pain and/or injury.

So, how can Pilates help your back pain?

Here are are series of simple ways that you can help improve your postural alignment even before you join a class or sign up for a 1-2-1 Pilates session.