Studio Pilates

Your body is important to you, so you need to know that you are in safe hands.

Zoe Hodgson Pilates Instructors hold Body ControlAPPI or other internationally recognised qualifications with thousands of hours of teaching experience and many years of teaching Pilates and Sports related subjects.

mat classes descriptions

ZH Method
We work completely as a team and spend many hours training together to create something unique where members feel relaxed and at ease but feel and certainly see the difference.

Practitioners say regular Pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes, including dancers, Pilates can complement training by developing whole-body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury. Pilates is an exercise method that focuses on quality of movement with an emphasis on length, breath and working from the ‘core’. It aims to integrate mind and body to promote lifelong change and maximise your potential.

Medically proven to improve the following: 

  • Core stability & strength
  • Flexibility
  • Body awareness
  • Co-ordination
  • Balance
  • Concentration
  • Quality of Movement
  • Posture & Alignment

Mat Classes Descriptions

Who is it for?

If you have never tried Pilates and would like to start, perhaps done private lessons but would like to see what it’s like in a class environment, or if you already attend regular classes but would love to learn more about the basics again.

By the end of this workshop, you should have the following knowledge and abilities:

A clear understanding of Pilates fundamentals ABCs; Alignment, Breathing, Centering
Basic knowledge of how the ABC’s connect and strengthen the deep, postural ‘core’ muscles
Basic knowledge of different starting positions of Pilates exercises
Familiarity with targeting specific muscle groups and movement in different directions

The programme has been created from the Zoe Hodgson Pilates Method, Body Control Pilates and APPI Pilates for Beginners.
You can choose to attend one or as many times as you like.

Pilates has become widely popular with the older population as this type of clientele find the softer approach to exercise very appealing, in comparison to other forms of exercise that tend to have more impact upon the body.

A carefully thought out programme could be of extreme benefit and will help to increase bone density. Exercises could be performed standing, or even seated on a chair.

Pilates can also be extremely beneficial for sufferers of arthritis. As Pilates helps to mobilise the joints and develop range of motion, this can relieve stiffness and reduce pain helping to maintain normal joint movements. Modifications such as the use of cushioning under the knees and wrist for some exercises may make the exercise more comfortable for our clients.

The use of small equipment may help to aid body alignment, offer support and control or just to make the positioning a little more comfortable for the client. The use of dyna-bands, small balls, cushions and our thick Pilates mats will all help make your experience more enjoyable. Our Chairs, Stools and Arcs will be always available for those that cannot get up and down from the floor.

Gentle Mat classes are recommended for those mastering proper technique to reap the benefits of group classes. This class is also suitable for those who’ve been inactive, recovering from injury, managing long term pain and conditions or simply preferring to exercise at this level. This series helps participants develop true core strength and stability while heightening mind-body awareness. These components are the building blocks for better posture, balance and movement and you will feel stronger and more flexible.

Props add variety and challenge.

In All Level classes you are guided through Pilates exercises from the lower to the harder levels and finding your own comfort zone means that these classes suit a wide range of abilities.

These classes complement many sports and activities that you may already do, by improving your strength and endurance, your movement range and coordination, so that you get the best out of everything you do.

You will also develop your deep core strength and spinal stability, enhancing your balance, posture and movement control to build good foundations and positive changes to your body and wellbeing.

The beauty of our All Level classes are their adaptability depending on the abilities in the class and the instructor. Do pick and choose to find your favourite class.

Intermediate Classes establish stamina and through continual movement work every muscle in the body ensuring it is both stretched and strengthened.

This no-nonsense Class is fit for anyone wanting a class designed to keep your body in motion with minimal rest between exercises.

Targeting the muscle means you’ll see tighter tummies, lifted bottoms and longer, leaner muscles.

We use props and equipment to further challenge you and bring variety to class.

Intense Mat Class energise both your body and mind. This fluid and powerful class brings strength & control to the body. This challenging class includes all components of fitness training, the pace and fluidity of the sequences will enhance flexibility and the controlled stationary holds result in improved total body strength. You need to be injury free.

Mat Classes use both the Pilates Mat, as well as small apparatus – balls, bands, rings, hand weights, oval balance pads and foam rollers – to support and challenge you.