Pilates goes hand in hand with soft tissue therapy as it encourages better posture and body awareness through teaching joint alignment, core engagement and breathing. 


If the joints are aligned correctly the soft tissue structures around them should be in balance. If we use our core and centre ourselves before we move, the movement is more efficient and stronger. 


If we strengthen the deep local muscles that support the spine and that stabilise the pelvis and shoulder girdle we are less likely to get injured, and if we move with more efficiency we tire less and can therefore do more be that more training or more activities of daily living. 


Re-educating our bodies to move in a way that is more efficient means that things last longer - so as we age it's even more important to ensure that our centre of gravity is centred - that our head isn't forward, that we're not slouched in a seated position all day, that our shoulders aren't protracted forwards, that our knees don't dip in (or out) and that the normal lordotic and kyphotic curves that make up our spine don't get exaggerated through inefficient weight bearing and compress down.  We need to use the muscles that support the spine to be activated and keep it lengthened.


1-2-1 or 2-2-1 or small group classes are available.   Group classes are currently on Tuesdays at Westridge Studio in Highclere 930am for the elderly and 1045am mixed ability (small classes 6-8 people) and Fridays at Woolton Church Hall at 1pm (beginner intermediate) and 2pm (intermediate) for 10-12 people.  They are not drop in classes - you will need to reserve a place which are committed each half term.  Prior to joining a class you may need to have a 1-2-1 so that we've gone through your medical history, and I know what you need to work on, and so that you know the pilates principles and are able to hit the ground running in a group class. That way you'll get more out of it.  To enquire about 1-2-1 or group classes please contact Lizanne@newburysportsmassage.co.uk or call 07886101391.