Residents in and around Alderley Edge will soon be able to attend Pilates classes in the heart of the village, run by the experienced instructors from Alderley Pilates.
Founder of Alderley Pilates, Jan Bowen, said: "Until now, people could attend classes at our lovely studio in Nether Alderley or a village hall in Prestbury. We are delighted that residents of Alderley Edge will also have convenient access to this powerful, popular and effective form of exercise."
All Alderley Pilates teachers are qualified by Body Control – Europe's largest professional Pilates organisation. This means they teach to a high standard, customise exercises for each individual, and follow a rigorous Code of Practice.
Jan has been teaching Pilates since 2001. She said: "Pilates helps prevent common joint problems, and teaches you how to relax. Better posture reduces general aches and pains, while improving coordination and balance. It's a great way to manage your weight, tone up, get into shape, and have fun."
From 11 May, Alderley Pilates will run a range of classes at The Yard studio on London Road.
Pilates instructor, Holly Thrower, will be teaching three classes each Wednesday: Cardio Pilates from 9:15am to 10:00am, Stretch and Tone Pilates from 10:15am to 11:15 am, and Introduction to Pilates from 11:30am to 12:30am.
Holly became hooked on Pilates when she attended a class with her mother who had suffered a back injury. She said: "After each session, I saw my mum's pain reduce and her mobility improve. I also felt the benefits myself. I particularly love the controlled, flowing movements that focus on your posture and alignment, and the challenge of improving your core strength and stamina."
On Fridays from 9:15am to 10:15am, Julie Revell will be teaching a class for Pilates and Pregnancy, suitable for both antenatal and postnatal mums. Sessions are designed to keep women looking good during pregnancy and help restore their figure after giving birth.
Julie said: "Pilates prepares the mum-to-be for labour and delivery, both mentally and physically, by helping her to relax and stay calm. It improves awareness of breath control for pain management. In addition, it teaches useful positions for labour and strengthens the relevant muscles. After giving birth, Pilates prepares women for the bending, kneeling and carrying demanded by motherhood, helps regain abdominal strength and restores the pelvic floor."
During May, the new classes will be run on a drop-in basis. From June, classes will be bookable in blocks of six.
The first class is offered at no charge. To book your free class, please quote reference TRYPILATES.
You can also engage with Alderley Pilates on social media, including
Facebook.com/alderleypilates, Twitter.com/alderleypilates, and Instagram.com/alderleypilates.
Photo: Holly, Kate and Louise demonstrating "The Hundred" at the Alderley Pilates Studio.