Sylwia Forys instructs the following:
This is a more general class aimed at clients who have attended several blocks at Improver level and are again looking for an increase in both challenge and work rate. We use the small equipment for feedback and to build awareness, but also to add challenge to some exercises while reducing the challenge in others, in preparation for the Advanced classes.
Intro to Pilates Matwork
Intro classes are designed for anyone wanting to start Pilates for the first time, for those who have had a break from it, or for anyone unsure about which level they should start at with a different teacher. These classes are geared towards awareness, technique and control, and focus on the three main principles of alignment, breathing and centring (core stability).
We work on a group of approximately 15 exercises with variations in different starting positions, allowing your body to feel and absorb the effects of gravity to build awareness. With each exercise we concentrate on retaining a good alignment (the position of your bones), learn correct and progressive breathing that will aid development and movement, and understand the recruitment of core muscles and the effects of over- and under-recruitment on movement patterns.
Once you feel comfortable with these exercises, are moving well and are looking for the next challenge (usually 6-12 sessions), you can move into the Improver class and your progress continues!
The benefits of antenatal and postnatal Pilates during and after pregnancy for both mother and baby are well known and varied, ranging from pain management through greater breathing technique and improved posture to reduce general aches and pains, to preparing pelvic floor muscles for control during the birth, as well as developing general fitness appropriate to birth, and preparing particularly the upper body for the demands of infant care and breastfeeding. Postnatally we see a more clear path to drawing the body back together, restoring and re-engaging muscles and core strength and realignment and balance o posture.
Focusing on the three main principles of alignment, breathing and centring (core stability), the aim is to develop awareness and strength appropriate to the challenges and demands of pregnancy, the birth of your baby and beyond.
These classes are mixed antenatal and postnatal so some exercises will be different depending on which category you are in and which exercises you need, can do or should avoid.